(White House Press Release, September 11, 2020; Official White House Photo)

On September 11, 2020, President Donald J. Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas Payne, U.S. Army.

As noted on the U.S. Army video post, “Sgt. Maj. Thomas “Patrick” Payne, who is assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, was part of a joint task force that assisted Iraqi security forces Oct. 22, 2015, in raiding an ISIS prison near Hawija in northern Iraq. Payne and his teammates liberated 70 hostages — many of whom were captured Iraqi security forces personnel — after a request by the Kurdistan Regional Government.”

To watch the ceremony, click on the video link, below:


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