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By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2012 – Pentagon leaders are committed to caring for service members and their families, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told an Army audience today during remarks at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention here.

In Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world, Carter said, Army men and women “have displayed extraordinary courage, mental and physical toughness, and adaptability in demanding environments.”

Those qualities have garnered the Army over 15,800 awards for valor since 2001, he noted, including six Medal of Honor awards, 25 Distinguished Service Crosses and 660 Silver Stars. The price for the Army’s achievements has been high, the deputy secretary said.

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