Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill, National Guard Bureau
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chief of staff of the Army and nominee for chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Deanie, talk with Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Ryan Ahern of the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at the French Ambassador's Residence in Washington, D.C., July 25, 2011, before a private ceremony awarding the French Croix de la Valeur Militaire, roughly equivalent to the Silver Star, to one active duty and five National Guard Special Forces Soldiers. Ahern was one of the award recipients.