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, talks with Army National Guard Capt. Thomas Harper 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. Harper was one of the award recipients.