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Inauguration 2013 - Commander in Chief of the United States

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Troops Dress to Impress During Commander in Chief Ball

Service members were treated to an evening of dancing, cake, drinks and general celebration at the Commander in Chief Ball, courtesy of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Story

Diverse Crowd Joins Obama to Celebrate During Parade

Masses of people from around the globe converged in the nation's capital to witness President Barack Obama’s inauguration and the celebrations that followed. Story

President Promises Continued Support at Inaugural Ball

President Barack Obama opened the first inaugural ball extending “extraordinary gratitude” to the men and women in uniform and promised to ensure they have everything they need as they defend Americans’ freedoms every day. Story

Obama Takes Oath, Recognizes Military Contributions

President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term as the 44th U.S. president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, honoring the men and women in uniform who have preserved America’s freedoms throughout its history. Story

First Lady, Dr. Biden Vow to Continue ‘Joining Forces’

Lauding Americans’ increased outpouring to service members, their families and veterans, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, have vowed to continue leading the Joining Forces initiative during the next four years with a goal of creating a national culture of appreciation and support. Story

Star-powered Kids’ Concert Salutes Military Families

From the opening notes of Grammy winner and multi-platinum recording star Usher to the final thanks of singer Katy Perry, military families all over the world were treated to a special thanks at the Kids' Inaugural Concert in Washington, D.C. Story

Volunteers Come Together For National Day of Service

About 10,000 people from all across the country traveled to the nation's capital to participate in the national day of service. Story

Students Get Nation's Capital Tour Prior to Inauguration

Students from Naval Air Station Sigonella traveled from Sicily, Italy, to enjoy the sights of the nation’s capital culminating with the 57th presidential inauguration. Story

Service Members Chosen for Inaugural Ball First Dance

The Department of Defense has chosen four people representing each military branch to join the Obamas and Bidens for the first dance at the Presidential Inaugural Committee’s Commander-in-Chief’s Ball Jan. 21. Story

More National Guard Troops Arrive to Support Inauguration

Nearly 6,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen have begun arriving in Washington to support the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Story

Rehearsals Pave Way for Presidential Inauguration, Parade

A map the size of half a basketball court covers the floor of the D.C. Armory. On it, hundreds of people are rehearsing what one military official describes as a “ballet” -- the events of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Story

Air Force Medics Prepare for Inauguration

Members of the Air Force's 79th Medical Wing are preparing to perform both medical and ceremonial missions as part of the public presidential inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013. Story

Military Stand-ins Support Inauguration Rehearsal

Service members stand-in for the President, Vice President, and other members of the official party during numerous dress rehearsals leading up to the 57th presidential inauguration. Story

Air Force Band, Honor Guard Prepare for Inauguration Day

Preparation is nothing new to the U.S. Air Force Band and Honor Guard as they get ready for Jan. 21’s 57th presidential inauguration, bringing a total Air Force presence to the massive event. Story

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