Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) received awards during a ceremony held at Liberty chapel Jan. 9. (U.S. Army/Spc. Jose Vargas)

A group of elite Green Berets has received dozens of combat awards, including three Silver Stars, for their "valorous actions" during a 2018 deployment to Afghanistan, the Army announced on Thursday.

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Lt. John Briggs, an MH-65D helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, is presented the Distinguished Flying Cross medal by Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, at ATC Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2019 (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class John Michelli)

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Four Coast Guard members who faced extraordinary conditions while saving an infant, a pregnant woman and dozens more during a powerful 2017 storm have been awarded prestigious medals for their heroism.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Gantt, Lt. John Briggs, Cmdr. Scott Sanborn and Petty Officer 1st Class James Yockey braved high winds, torrential rains, power lines and other dangers to save up to 120 people each during Hurricane Harvey.

Gantt, Briggs and Sanborn were each presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross last week. Yockey received the Air Medal for his actions.

The awards were presented by Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District. The district is headquartered in New Orleans and is responsible for missions along the Gulf of Mexico's U.S. coastline, where Hurricane Harvey dumped as much as 60 inches of rain -- the most of any recorded weather event in the country.

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Lt. John Briggs, an MH-65D helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, is presented the Distinguished Flying Cross medal by Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, at ATC Mobile, Alabama, December 20, 2019 (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class John Michelli)

A Mobile, Alabama-based U.S. Coast Guard helicopter pilot was awarded one of the country's highest military honors during a ceremony in New Orleans Friday.

Lieutenant John Briggs, known as JJ to his friends and family, received the Distinguished Flying Cross for acts of heroism after Cat. 4 Hurricane Harvey battered the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast regions in late August 2017.

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A Purple Heart and Silver Star (Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo)

An Army veteran from Columbus claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after a deployment in Afghanistan that earned him a Purple Heart and Silver Star.

As a result, he collected $76,000 in benefits for the mental condition.

He admitted Wednesday, however, that all of that was a lie.

He was not deployed to Afghanistan, never suffered PTSD and never received the two honors, which are among the highest bestowed for military service.

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Retired Brig. Gen. Jim Mackey presents the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor citation to Lt. Col. Anthony Roe, a flight commander with the 303d Fighter Squadron, during a ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Nov. 2, 2019 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Alex Chase)

The A-10 Warthog and its brave pilots solidified their reputation as the infantry's guardian angels earlier this month when two Missouri-based airmen received one of the military's most prestigious medals for their role in saving dozens of grunts, engineers and special forces under heavy fire in Afghanistan.

The Distinguished Flying Cross is rarely awarded, let alone awarded twice on the same day to two members of the same fighter squadron, Lt. Col. Rick Mitchell, commander of the 303rd Fighter Squadron, told more than 200 onlookers at the ceremony at Whiteman Air Force Base on Nov. 2.

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A New Jersey Democrat is urging the Pentagon to expedite service medals for the military K9 unit responsible for taking down notorious ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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