The U.S. Senate approved, in November 2020, a bipartisan bill (H.R. 8276) introduced by U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), and Michael Waltz (R-FL) authorizing the President of the United States to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe for actions in Iraq on October 17, 2005. 

“We are one step closer to properly recognizing Sergeant First Class Alwyn Cashe for his bravery in risking his own life to save his fellow soldiers,” Rep. Crenshaw had said. “He is deserving of the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award for bravery on the battlefield, and we urge President Trump to quickly sign our bill into law to make sure that happens.”

“It’s not every day you read an extraordinary story like Alwyn Cashe’s,” Rep. Waltz had added. “His bravery in the face of danger has inspired so many already — and this is a significant step forward to recognize him for his heroism properly. I’m incredibly proud to see both sides of the aisle, in the House and the Senate, come together to honor Cashe’s legacy and award him the Medal of Honor.”

When SOFREP reported on the passing of the bill, there was a sense from those close to the effort to get SFC Cashe recognized that the ceremony could come at any moment.

In the case of SFC Alwyn C. Cashe, President Donald Trump, in December 2020, signed legislation that waives the five-year limit for awarding the military’s highest medal for valor in combat.

The then-White House team coordinating on the official announcement for the Medal of Honor determined that a potential ceremony wouldn’t come until after the inauguration in January 2021. 

It is now March 2021. What are we waiting for, Mr. President?

The White House team did not provide any reasoning for why the potential ceremony is being delayed.