On Monday, February 29 at 1:30 p.m., Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Edward C. Byers Jr. will be presented the Navy Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama during a White House ceremony for his rescue efforts during a hostage situation during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their own lives above and beyond the call of duty while: engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
A release sent by the Navy Media Content Operations goes into his background as a Toledo, Ohio native who joined the Navy in September 1998, After graduating from Hospital Corpsman School at Great Lakes, he completed the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL course and the Special Operations Combat Medic course in 2003. he completed tours at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, 2nd Battalion and 2nd Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, was assigned to East Coast SEAL teams and completed eight overseas deployments with seven combat tours.
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