TODAY   |  May 07, 2011

Obama caps off historic week with SEAL team

President Obama presented awards, Friday, to the assault force responsible for carrying out the recent mission that killed Osama bin Laden. NBC's Athena Jones reports.

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>>> on friday, president obama saluted the navy s.e.a.l.s who risked it all. athena jones is at the white house with more on that part of the story. good morning.

>>> good morning, amy. it's been a momentous week here in the white house . agents tell me it was important to end the week by personally thanking not just the team that carried out the mission of osama bin laden but the men and women in the armed forces in general for the armed service.

>> hello, ft. campbell!

>> reporter: capping off an historic week.

>> on behalf of a grateful nation, welcome home .

>> reporter: president obama travelled to ft. campbell, kentucky to meet behind closed doors with the team that stormed osama bin laden 's compound, including the s.e.a.l. who shot bin laden .

>> it was a chance for me to say on behalf of all americans and people around the world, job well done.

>> reporter: mr. obama awarded the assault force a presidential unit citation . among the military's highest honors. after a series of solemn events, friday's tone was more june lent. in the army, the 101st airborne , a division that's seen plenty of action in afghanistan, the president warned the war against al qaeda and other extremists is not over.

>> the bottom line is this. our strategy is working and there's no greater evidence of that than justice finally being delivered to osama bin laden . i don't want to fool you. this continues to be a very tough fight. you know that.

>> reporter: with the world's most wanted terrorist dead, this soldier, just back from afghanistan, feels a sense of accomplishment.

>> satisfaction. for some of our soldiers that didn't make it back felt like they -- they did something for them. and we've got the job done for those guys.

>> back to you, lester.