Photos: Defense Secretary Robert Gates Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom Award

U.S. Defense Secretary Gates is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama at the Pentagon near Washington

U.S. President Barack Obama presents retiring U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his farewell ceremony at the Pentagon near Washington, June 30, 2011, as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen (R) watches on. Gates will be replaced by former CIA Director Leon Panetta. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES – Tags: MILITARY POLITICS)

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