Sgt. Michael Anderson of the 504th Military Intelligence Brigade of Fort Hood, Texas, was kayaking at a state park when he heard a man cry for help in the waters behind him. His lifesaving actions were caught on his GoPro.
The team hired real special ops members to appear in a major combat scene and also employed former troops behind-the-scenes in a variety of roles.
The new aid also included ammunition drawn from U.S. stockpiles for American-supplied High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems.
The notable military figures were included among 17 individuals being granted the nation's highest civilian honor.