Troops deployed to U.S.-Mexico Border to get medals


WASHINGTON (CNN) — Thousands of U.S. Troops deployed on the Mexican border will be awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal.

That’s what the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday. The medal is given to service members who participate in a significant military operation but do not face armed combat.

The troops were sent to the Border in April 2018 and their mission originally did not involve any direct contact with migrants crossing from Mexico.

However, military members now do conduct what’s described as “welfare checks” on migrants, which raised questions about their role in the area.

There are currently about 2,600 National Guard members on the Border, plus around 2,900 active-duty troops.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

California Correspondent Latest Stories

More Salvador Rivera

El Paso Correspondent Latest Stories

More Julian Resendiz

South Texas Correspondent Latest Stories

More Sandra Sanchez

Border Report Correspondents' Stories

Latest Stories

Washington D.C.

More Washington D.C.

About Border Report

The mission of is to provide real-time delivery of the untold local stories about people living, working and migrating along the U.S. border with Mexico. The information is gathered by experienced and trusted Nexstar Media Group journalists hired specifically to cover the border.