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Portrait of General Martin E. Dempsey Unveiled

From left, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Hon. John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and wife Deanie unveil Dempsey's portrait during a ceremony at the Hall of Heroes in the Pentagon, Va. Nov. 20, 2012. Dempsey served as the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army and is the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/Released

On Nov 20, 2012, the Army unveiled its official portrait of GEN Martin E. Dempsey, the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army. GEN Dempsey served as Chief of Staff of the Army for 149 days before becoming the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Sept 2011. Portrait artist Laurel Stern Boeck highlighted details of particular importance to GEN Dempsey, including his family portrait, his West Point ring, and the Irish Brigade print in the background.

The unveiling of GEN Dempsey's portrait is the culmination of over a year's worth of work by CMH's Museum Division. Art curator Sarah Forgey, with the assistance of almost every member of Collections Branch, facilitated GEN Dempsey's selection of the artist and promoted communication between GEN Dempsey and the artist during the painting process. The finished portrait, now part of the Army Art Collection, hangs in the Pentagon with the official portraits of the Chiefs of Staff of the Army.

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