President Donald Trump on Thursday presented the Medal of Honor to retired Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt Slabinski.
“Today we pay tribute to Britt’s heroic service and proudly present him with our nation’s highest military honor,” Trump said.
Slabinski “repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he engaged in a pitched, close-quarters firefight against the tenacious and more heavily armed enemy forces” in Afghanistan, according to the White House announcement.
He enlisted in the Navy in 1988 and became a SEAL in 1990, and completed nine overseas deployments and 15 combat deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism, including Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, the White House said.
Slabinski is now the 15th service member to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.