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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden greet Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, Commanding General of U.S. Forces – Iraq, and deplaning troops during a ceremony marking the return of the U.S. Forces – Iraq Colors, and the end of the war in Iraq, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Dec. 20, 2011. Greeters include from front left: Mrs. Deanie Dempsey, wife of Gen. Martin Dempsey; Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Ashton B. Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)