An Army special operator received the second highest valor award for his actions during an overseas contingency operation nearly four years ago.
The operator received the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions on Nov. 20, 2015, a date that matches up with an infamous terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali, which also netted a Marine Raider the Silver Star.
At the time of the incident, Pentagon officials said that U.S. military personnel did not directly participate in the operation and left the clearing of the hotel to Malian forces. Although initial press reports suggested U.S. Joint Special Operations troops were involved in the response, defense officials said that was inaccurate at the time, and the make-up and size of the force that responded remains unknown.
The award was authorized by the secretary of the Army’s office in June 2018, but not previously publicized. Army Times is withholding the operator’s name for operational security reasons.