updated 05/02/2011 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/02/2011 AT 5:30 PM ET
In the end, it took a few great men to take down Osama bin Laden.
So just how great are the guys who make up the unit credited for killing public enemy No. 1 in a firefight in Pakistan on Sunday? Meet the Virginia-based SEAL Team 6, who are expected to return to the United States soon without fanfare, then await their next mission.
“Their job is to kill terrorists,” Jim Hanson, former Weapons Sergeant with the Army’s 1st Special Forces Group, tells PEOPLE. “They are the most deadly shooters we have. These are the people we call on when we need to use hard, deadly force.”