In one of the first public comments from an elite U.S. military leader on the Petreaus affair, Admiral McRaven praised the general at the summit as “an American hero.” As the man who commanded and devised the raid that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden, McRaven’s military decorations are numerous and include:
• The Special Warfare insignia, a.k.a “The Budweiser,” given to U.S. Navy SEALs. It sits above his medals on his uniform, gleaming in gold.
• The United States Special Operations Command Badge, given to individuals for outstanding contributions to special operations. McRaven wears it below his breast pocket.
• 24 medals, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Legion of Merit medal (with one award gold star, meaning he was awarded the medal a second time), the Meritorious Service medal (with three gold stars), and the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the highest non-combat-related military award.