President Obama traveled to Ft. Campbell, KY to meet with members of the elite military teams who carried out the mission against al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The president said he told the military members, "Job well done." He gave members of the military units who carried out the mission the Presidential Unit Citation, which is the most prestigious honor that can be given to an entire unit.
After meeting in private with the special operation teams, he spoke to a crowd of more than 2000 troops, many of whom just returned from Afghanistan. He called the military and intelligence operations "historic" and rallied the troops with the following: "The terrorist leader who struck our nation on 9/11 will never threaten America again."
Ft. Campbell is home to the 101st Airborne Division and a staging base for troops ready to be deployed and those returning from deployment, including Special Forces and Navy SEAL units.
The President's latest stop comes after he traveled to New York City Thursday to visit one of the sites of the 9/11 attacks. He laid a wreath at the Ground Zero memorial and offered firefighters stationed at the “Pride of Midtown” Firehouse words of encouragement: "When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say." Acknowledging the human loss caused by the attacks, he added, "Obviously you can't bring back the friends you lost."
Earlier this week, President Obama decided not to release the photos of Osama bin Laden's dead body. He said the negatives outweighed the benefits. They could incite violence or be used as a propaganda tool, he said.