Joint Chiefs shine up for inauguration events

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are readying the spit shine for Inauguration Day weekend, the E-Ring hears. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host on Sunday a Medal of Honor luncheon at Marine Barracks Washington, with the other chiefs, Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Marine Corps Gen. ...

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David Hume Kennerly/GettyImages
David Hume Kennerly/GettyImages

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are readying the spit shine for Inauguration Day weekend, the E-Ring hears.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host on Sunday a Medal of Honor luncheon at Marine Barracks Washington, with the other chiefs, Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh, and National Guard chief Gen. Frank Grass.  

Dempsey, who is the president's senior military advisor, and his fellow top officers are scheduled to attend the swearing in and participate in the following parade from Capitol Hill down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are readying the spit shine for Inauguration Day weekend, the E-Ring hears.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host on Sunday a Medal of Honor luncheon at Marine Barracks Washington, with the other chiefs, Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh, and National Guard chief Gen. Frank Grass.  

Dempsey, who is the president’s senior military advisor, and his fellow top officers are scheduled to attend the swearing in and participate in the following parade from Capitol Hill down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

In the evening, they will attend the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball, a free gala for mostly junior servicemembers, wounded veterans and their families, which was started by President George W. Bush. It is one of only two official balls this year, along with the Inaugural Ball, both held at the Washington Convention Center.  

If you’re going to either ball, enjoy the show. Performers include: Katy Perry, Usher, Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Far East Movement, Nick Cannon, Marc Anthony, and the cast of "Glee."

No word yet if Dempsey will perform.

Kevin Baron is a national security reporter for Foreign Policy, covering defense and military issues in Washington. He is also vice president of the Pentagon Press Association. Baron previously was a national security staff writer for National Journal, covering the "business of war." Prior to that, Baron worked in the resident daily Pentagon press corps as a reporter/photographer for Stars and Stripes. For three years with Stripes, Baron covered the building and traveled overseas extensively with the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, covering official visits to Afghanistan and Iraq, the Middle East and Europe, China, Japan and South Korea, in more than a dozen countries. From 2004 to 2009, Baron was the Boston Globe Washington bureau's investigative projects reporter, covering defense, international affairs, lobbying and other issues. Before that, he muckraked at the Center for Public Integrity. Baron has reported on assignment from Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the South Pacific. He was won two Polk Awards, among other honors. He has a B.A. in international studies from the University of Richmond and M.A. in media and public affairs from George Washington University. Originally from Orlando, Fla., Baron has lived in the Washington area since 1998 and currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, three sons, and the family dog, The Edge. Twitter: @FPBaron

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