8 soldiers to be awarded medals

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -  Eight soldiers with the Third Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) will receive medals for actions during the battalion's recent deployment to Afghanistan.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The 160th Special Operations Aviation employs Army special operations aviation forces worldwide in support of contingency missions and warfighting commanders, according to a Hunter Army Airfield news release. The soldiers are known as Night Stalkers, who are  are highly trained and ready to accomplish the toughest missions in all environments, anywhere in the world.

A pilot will be presented the Distinguished Flying Cross at Thursday's ceremony.  The Distinguished Flying Cross medal is awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918," according to HAAF.

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