President Obama will meet members of the Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden when he visits a military base Friday in Kentucky.
The president will address troops returning home from Afghanistan at Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division.
A White House official said the president met on Wednesday with Adm. William McRaven, commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that includes SEAL Team 6.
The official said the president was able "to thank him personally in the Oval office and will have the opportunity to privately thank some of the special operators involved in the operation tomorrow at Ft. Campbell."
The 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as the Night Stalkers, is based at the Kentucky base. The Night Stalkers piloted the operation that killed bin Laden, according to reports.
On Thursday, Obama participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City and met with 9/11 families and first responders.
Sam Youngman contributed.
This post was updated at 4:11 p.m.