Captioning Support for Medal of Honor Ceremony
On December 8, 2012, U.S. Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers was in Eastern Afghanistan courageously assisting in the rescue of American aid worker Dr. Dilip Joseph from a Taliban compound. A little more than three years later, on February 29th, Chief Byers and his family were in the White House where President Barack Obama presented him with the Medal of Honor, making Byers the eleventh living Afghanistan War veteran to receive this high recognition.
NCC had the privilege of providing real-time captioning for the ceremony, as we have for past Medal of Honor ceremonies recognizing Afghanistan war veterans Clinton Romesha and William Swenson, plus several other high profile events over the years paying tribute to the U.S. military.
Chief Byers, a 36-year-old Ohio native, shielded Dr. Joseph from a firefight inside the compound while simultaneously pinning an enemy combatant until the other SEALs arrived to take action and complete the mission. The rescue was not performed without an American casualty; Byers’ SEAL teammate Nic Checque was killed during the operation as he was the first to push his way inside the compound and was then met by a barrage of gunfire upon entering. Chief Byers praised Checque’s bravery, saying “If it wasn’t for that team, I wouldn’t be standing here today. Specifically for me, my teammate, brother, friend, Nic Checque, the award is truly his. He was an American hero. He was the hero of that operation.”
Chief Byers completed eight overseas deployments. His awards and decorations include five Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, among several others.
NCC was proud to play a role in this significant ceremony, enabling a wider audience to participate in the event by viewing the captions embedded in the webcast. We congratulate Chief Byers on receiving the Medal of Honor and owe him our gratitude for his heroism and service to our country.