From the Rutland Herald:

According to the Army, the unit received the honor for “extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy” between April and August of 2010. The unit award is on par with the Silver Star for individual soldiers, according to a Vermont Army National Guard spokesman, and is a rare recognition for National Guard units.

The Mountain unit, created in 1982 to resurrect the Army’s mountain warfare capability, received about 600 combat awards and 26 Purple Heart awards during the deployment. Two soldiers from the unit were killed in action.

More at the link including their impressive accomplishments.

Bravo and Thank You to these brave young soldiers.