Several units that served combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq have been authorized the Valorous Unit Award in orders issued by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno.

The Valorous Unit Award is the Army's second highest unit award, ranking behind the Presidential Unit Citation. The award is considered the unit equivalent of the Silver Star, and is awarded to units that display extraordinary heroism in combat.

2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment (less Company A) April 1, 2011 to Sept. 1, 2011, to include the following attached or assigned units:

■ Company F, 94th Support Battalion (Aug. 1, 2011 to Sept. 1, 2011)

Headquarters Detachment, 2nd Special Forces Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Regiment, May 1, 2013 to Nov. 1, 2013, to include the following assigned or attached units:

■ Operational Detachment Alpha 5223, Company B, 2nd Special Forces Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Regiment

■ Detachment, Company D, 2nd Special Forces Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Regiment

■ Detachment, Company D, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion Detachment, Company B, 112th Signal Battalion

■ Detachment, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment (May 1, 2013 to June 16, 2013)

■ Detachment, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment (June 17, 2013 to Nov. 1, 2013)

■ Company G, Marine Special Operations Battalion

■ Navy SEAL Platoon, Trident 1712

Headquarters, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Jan. 15, 2005 to Jan. 14, 2006, to include the following attached units:

■ 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment

■ 4th Battalion, 64th Armored Regiment

■ 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment

■ 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery Regiment

■ Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, 703rd Support Battalion

■ 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment

■ 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (July 20, 2005 to Jan. 14, 2006 )

■ Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (July 20, 2005 to Jan. 14, 2006 )

■ Troop I, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (July 20, 2005 to Jan. 20, 2006 )

■ Troop K, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (July 20, 2005 to Jan. 14, 2006 )

■ Troop L, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (July 20, 2005 to Jan. 14, 2006 )

■ Troop M, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (July 20, 2005 to Jan. 14, 2006 )

Valorous Unit Award Amendment: Section IV, DA General Order 2009–23, as pertains to the Valorous Unit Award to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, for the period of Jan. 5, 2005 to Feb. 15, 2005, is amended to add 113th Engineer Battalion.