"On behalf of U.S. Central Command, we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of a fallen American Soldier who died in the service of our country. Sgt. 1st Class Dustin B. Ard, Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Sgt. 1st Class Ard embodies the American spirit and his dedication to selfless service will not be forgotten." - General Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., U.S. Marines.