Special Forces soldiers from the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) received dozens of combat medals, among them three Silver Stars, the nation’s third-highest award for valor under fire, for their actions during a single deployment to Afghanistan.

In addition to the three Silver Stars, during the six-month deployment, the 2nd Battalion, 7th SFG operators received seven Bronze Stars for valor, the nation’s fourth-highest award for valor under fire, 17 Army Commendation Medals, and 21 Purple Hearts.

“This is a reminder that even in the modern age, warfare is still about courage under fire,” said Colonel Steven Marks, the deputy commanding officer of 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), in a press statement. The valor we are recognizing today happened at the most tactical level — face to face fighting, close-quarters combat, hand grenade-range.”

During its deployment, the 7th SFG Green Berets were supported by fellow operators from the 3rd Special Forces Group and Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) technicians from the 717th Ordnance Company.

1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) Deputy Commander Col. Steven M. Marks salutes a 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier during a ceremony at the chapel on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., after presenting him a medal for valorous acts during the battalion’s recent deployment to Afghanistan. Liberty chapel Jan. 9. (U.S. Army.)

The ceremony was held at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, the home of the 7th SFG.

Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan was led by the 7th SFG for the duration of the deployment.