In 2004 President George W. Bush, presented the Presidential Unit Citation Award, a citation that had not been awarded since the Vietnam War, to Vice Admiral Robert Harward and the Task Force K-BAR, an elite unit comprised of Special Forces from eight nations and included the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, and Coalition forces from Canada, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Norway, and Denmark.
Before presenting the honor to Vice Admiral Harward, President Bush said, "Task Force K-BAR was the driving force behind myriad combat missions conducted in Afghanistan. " The missions undertaken by Task Force K-BAR under the leadership of Vice Admiral Harward ranged from reconnaissance to search and rescue, the identification and destruction of several Al Qaeda training camps, and the successful coordination of unconventional warfare operations in Afghanistan. According to the U.S.Navy, "the warriors of the K-BAR unit established an unprecedented 100 percent mission success rate across a broad spectrum of special operations missions under extremely difficult and constantly dangerous conditions."Harward accepted the honor on behalf of the men who served as a part of the task force and many of those men were in attendance at the ceremony.