Fox News has learned that President Obama has met with Vice Adm. William H. McRaven, the U.S. Special Operations Commander who personally oversaw the training of the Navy SEALS that took out Usama bin Laden. On Friday he'll meet the actual SEALS who carried out that mission.
"The President met with Admiral McRaven at the White House yesterday 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 Fort Campbell [Kentucky]," a senior administration official told Fox News.
Friday's visit to Fort Campbell will also bring the president to the home base of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. This is the regiment of the MH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilots who supported the SEALs in the bin Laden mission. The president will also meet with them, as well as members of the Air Force who flew reconnaissance and cover, Fox News has learned. All of these meetings will be private, Fox News has been told.
Following the killing of terrorist Usama bin Laden, the president has connected with those most affected by the September 11th attacks. Thursday he met privately with families of the victims of that day, as well as first responders.
Fox News' Justin Fishel, Jennifer Griffin and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.