|"On behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany" and "for an outstanding deed beyond the call of duty", Federal Minister of Defence Karl-Theodor ZU GUTTENBERG has awarded 14 US-American officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel with the Honour Cross for Gallantry. The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Stanley McCHRYSTAL, took part in the ceremony. On Good Friday, the US soldiers had evacuated German casualties from the combat zone under heavy fire. The Minister referred to the incident as "heavy combat where American soldiers risked their lives to rescue German troops". Zu Guttenberg announced the names of the recipients, among them a Captain, six Lieutenants and seven enlisted personnel.