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Alexander Pauken of Great Falls receives his Congressional Award Gold Medal from Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican. "They're giving back a lot to their communities to earn what they get here," said the father on one recipient. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Alexander Pauken of Great Falls receives his Congressional Award Gold Medal from Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican. "They're giving back a lot to their communities to earn what they get here," said the father on one recipient. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.