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Date: January 4, 2017 at 3:52:54 PM EST
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Subject: In-town travel pool report #7
POTUS attended an event honoring him billed as the Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell Ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Fort Myer, Va.(Note the corrected spelling of Myer from earlier reports.)
At the event, POTUS was joined on a reviewing stand by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; and Vice President Joe Biden. POTUS arrived on the stand at 2:44 p.m.
He made a tour of the hall and returned to the stand, where he was regaled by a marching band in colonial dress.
Following the presentation of colors and the national anthem, POTUS was presented with the Department of Defense Medal of Distinguished Service. A lengthy list of accolades was read as he accepted.
A presentation was made by Gen. Dunford, who praised a range of POTUS actions, including visits to Walter Reed "without fanfare or ceremony." Dunford then read several accolades from military personnel and offered praise for First Lady Michelle Obama.
Ash Carter was next to offer his praise. He recounted military achievements of the past eight years under Obama that were "consistent with our values." Carter also praised Obama's leadership and decision-making.
In his remarks, which stretched more than 20 minutes, POTUS said he wanted to "turn the tables" and offer praise for those he's served as commander in chief. He said there was "no greater privilege and no greater honor" than serving as commander in chief of the greatest military in the world.
"You have earned your place among the greatest generations," POTUS said.
Toward the end of his remarks, he touted the importance of the rule of law, openness and tolerance. "We cannot sacrifice the great freedoms that we're fighting for," he said.
"I am a better man having worked with you," POTUS said.
POTUS left the hall at 3:52 pm following more ceremonial marching.
The Washington Post