The Special Air Service (SAS) operator who responded to and stopped a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya, in January will receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC). The CGC is Britain’s second-highest military award for valor in combat and second only to the Victoria Cross.

On January 16, four terrorists associated with the al-Shabaab terrorist group attacked the DusitD2 hotel complex in the Kenyan capital.

The four jihadists killed 21 innocent people.

The intervention of the lone SAS operator, however, saved the day. He killed two terrorists and directly contributed to the evacuation of approximately 700 civilians.