WIESBADEN, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe commander Lt. Gen. Donald Campbell Jr. awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit medal in the degree of commander to Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Carl-Hubertus Von Butler July 23 for his support of U.S., German and partner forces during his 41-year career.

The Legion of Merit is awarded to individuals for "exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements." The medal is the only U.S. medal that has different ranks, including legionnaire, officer, commander and chief commander.

"The reason we are doing this today is to recognize a lifelong career of service to the German army and also a lifelong service and friendship to the U.S. Army and the U.S. military," said Campbell.

During his career Butler commanded the German Airborne Battalion 251, the German Airmobile Brigade 31, the German mission to ISAF in Kabul, the German Special Forces Command and the German armor forces.

Butler is the second member of his family to receive the Legion of Merit. The award was presented to his father in 1985.

Butler said he was overwhelmed by the support and recognition of his colleagues, and that he is honored to be a part of the distinguished group of Legion of Merit recipients.

"This day today gives me the opportunity to thank you, the American Army and the United States Army, its Soldiers and civilians, for all that you did for my country throughout the years," said Butler. "I cannot thank you enough."

Butler's other awards include the Bundeswehr Gold Cross of Honour, multiple Bundeswehr service medals, the French Distinguished Medal and the Distinguished Service Cross for the Republic of Germany.

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