Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford received the French Legion of Honor for "the remarkable role he plays in the security of the world."
French Chief of Defense Gen. Pierre de Villiers presented the award to Dunford in a ceremony at the Ecole Militaire (Military School), which was founded in 1750 and now houses a complex of training facilities.
The Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is France's highest award for military or civilian achievement. Foreign nationals who have served France or upheld the ideals it represents are eligible.
There have been more than 10,000 American civilian and military recipients of the Legion of Honor. Among them are Army Gens. Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton, William Westmoreland and Colin Powell.
The civilian recipients include Eleanor Roosevelt, Wynton Marsalis, Barbra Streisand, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood and Bob Dylan.
Dunford, a former commandant of the Marine Corps, joined a list of former commandants who have received the Legion of Honor, including Gens. Charles C. Krulak, James L. Jones, Michael W. Hagee and James T. Conway