President Barack Obama talks with Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, as First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a Department of Defense dinner in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 29, 2012. The President and First Lady hosted the dinner to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, and to honor their families.

President Barack Obama talks with Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, as First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Vice President Joe Biden and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a Department of Defense dinner in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Feb. 29, 2012. The President and First Lady hosted the dinner to honor members of the Armed Forces who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, and to honor their families.