President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle are hosting a dinner Wednesday to honor Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn and their families.
Most of those invited remain in active duty and represent all ranks and service branches. Service members will come from across America and include National Guard and Reserve.
The invited guests will represent the more than a million Americans and their families who served and sacrificed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey and the chiefs of the five services and National Guard and Reserve will also be there. The Department of Defense released the names of the 78 service members invited to dine at the White House “A Nation’s Gratitude” Dinner.
Alabama: Staff Sgt. Shawon Tucker; Army.
Alaska: Maj. Shannon Thompson; Army.
American Samoa: Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Nikolao; Army.
Arizona: Capt. Brian D. Hartman; Army.
Arkansas: Cpl. Aaron Mankin; Marine Corps.
Arkansas: Staff Sgt. Joseph May; Marine Corps.
California: Maj. Eldridge R. Singleton; Army.
Colorado: Sgt. John-Mark Gladstone; Marine Corps.
Colorado: Petty Officer 3rd Class Max R. Rohn; Navy.
Connecticut: Master Sgt. William Tomlin; Army.
Delaware: Sgt. 1st Class Sebastian K. Ellis; Army.
District of Columbia: Capt. Yolanda Lee; ARNG.
Florida: Master Chief Petty Officer Richard D. Lamoureux; Navy.
Georgia: Staff Sgt. J.H. Smith; Air Force.
Georgia: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy; Rick West.
Guam: Spc. Janice Hernandez Flores; ARNG.
Hawaii: Chief Master Sgt. Denise Jelinski-Hall; ANG.
Hawaii: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Nelson A. Visaya; Army.
Idaho: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Mike Leavitt; Coast Guard.
Illinois: Gunnery Sgt Tawanda M. Hanible; Marine Corps.
Indiana: Master Sgt. Jorge H. Perez; Army.
Iowa: Lt. Col. Beth Behn; Army.
Iowa: Staff Sgt. Jesse Lee Wandling; Army.
Kansas: Chief Petty Officer Joseph Castro; Coast Guard.
Kansas: 1st Lt. Paul S. Gonzalez; Army.
Kentucky: Senior Chief Petty Officer Christopher J. Henderson; Navy.
Louisiana: Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia; Marine Corps.
Maine: Master Sgt. Jeremy G. Coombs; Air Force.
Maine: Master Sgt. Shane Lacaillade; Air Force.
Maine: Col. Todd Scott Desgrosseilliers; Marine Corps.
Maryland: Maj. Brian E. Wobensmith; Marine Corps.
Massachusetts: Staff Sgt. Andrew Piirainen; Air Force.
Massachusetts: Gunnery Sgt. Deverson Lochard; Marine Corps.
Massachusetts: Sgt. Maj. of the Army; Raymond Chandler; Army.
Michigan: Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy; Air Force.
Michigan: Master Sgt. Jessica R. Coombs; Air Force.
Michigan: Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald J. Riling; Army.
Minnesota: Staff Sgt. Benjamin N. Straubel; ARNG.
Minnesota: Maj. John Michael Tate; Army.
Mississippi: Staff Sgt. Harry Prassenos; Marine Corps.
Missouri: Maj. Jennifer S. Parker; Marine Corps.
Montana: Sgt. 1st Class; Kyle B. Lyon; Army.
Nebraska: Sgt. Heather N. Wunderlich; ARNG.
Nevada: Maj. Erik J. Jacobson; Air Force.
New Hampshire: Staff Sgt. Anthony J. Ranfos; Army.
New Hampshire: Capt. Stephen M. McNeil; Marine Corps.
New Jersey: Rear Adm. Frank Morneau; Navy.
New Mexico: Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry; Army.
New York: Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett.
New York: Col. Stephanie C. Smith; Marine Corps.
North Carolina: Petty Officer 1st Class Jay Ho Choi; Navy.
North Dakota: Sgt. Richard Fiske; Marine Corps.
N. Marianas Islands: Staff Sgt. Leslieanne Wilkinson; Marine Corps.
Ohio: Chief Warrant Officer 5 David Cooper; Army.
Oklahoma: Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary; Marine Corps.
Oregon: Sgt. Sarah Adams; Army.
Pennsylvania: Petty Officer 2nd Class; Lawrence Benson; Coast Guard.
Puerto Rico: Staff Sgt. Miguel Cruz; Army.
Rhode Island: Sgt. Joshua R. Labbe; Army.
South Carolina: Sgt. Nytayia D. Jamison; Marine Corps.
South Dakota: 1st Sgt. Christina Hunts Horse-May; Marine Corps.
Tennessee: Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony H. Bozarth; Navy.
Tennessee: Master Sgt. Brian M. Blonder; Marine Corps.
Tennessee: Senior Master Sgt. Donnie Bolton; Air Force.
Texas: Staff Sgt. Eric Alva; Marine Corps.
Texas: Chief Warrant Officer 5 Kevin Purtee; ARNG.
Texas: Lance Cpl. Steven Schulz; Marine Corps.
Texas: Petty Officer 2nd Class TerryLee Thompson; Navy.
Utah: Master Sgt. Kevin T. Bullivant; ANG.
Utah: Sgt. 1st Class Robbi A. Stanton; Army.
Vermont: Col. Peter Newell; Army.
Virgin Islands: Sgt. 1st Class James Gaston Sr.; ARNG.
Virginia: Cpl. Kyle L. Taylor; Marine Corps.
Virginia: Chief Petty Officer William Castro; Coast Guard.
Washington: Chief Petty Officer Bradley A. VanHorn; Navy.
West Virginia: Maj. Carter L. Price; Army.
Wisconsin: Tech. Sgt. Christian Bennett; ANG.
Wyoming: Staff Sgt. Rebekka Spanglerloch; Marine Corps.