POTUS Pool report 16/departure for inaugural balls

Motorcade rolled at 9:08pm. Press van is at least two minutes behind the lead vehicles in a convoy of at least 30 vehicles.

Pool had no sighting of President Trump or others before we left.

Destination is the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the Liberty Ball, and the Freedom Ball.

After that we will move to the National Building Museum. Some background below on that third ball:
The Joint Task Force – National Capital Region in conjunction with the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host a live talk back with the Commander in Chief Donald J. Trump and the Vice President Michael R. Pence and deployed military service members serving in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Salute to Our Armed Services Ball held on Inauguration Day.

Media will have access to:
Live talk backs between service members and the Commander in Chief and Vice President.

Imagery of the first dance between service members and the Commander in Chief Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melanie Trump, Vice President Michael R. Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.

Interviews with the service members who participated in the First Dance

United States Navy
Petty Officer Second Class Catherine Cartmell to dance with President Trump
Petty Officer Cartmell was born in Newport, Rhode Island. She entered the U.S. Navy in 2012. She is a Religious Program Specialist. Petty Officer Cartmell is currently assigned to the OPNAV staff as Planning and Operations in Executive Support to the Chief of Chaplains of the Navy.

United States Army

Staff Sergeant Jose A. Medina to dance with First Lady Melanie Trump

Staff Sergeant Medina was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He entered the U.S. Army in 2007. SSG Medina is currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) where he serves as a Human Resources Sergeant. His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan

United States Air Force

Master Sergeant Tiffany Bradbury to dance with Vice-President Pence

Master Sergeant Bradbury was born in Pusan, Korea. She entered the U.S. Air Force 1995.  MSGT Bradbury is currently assigned to the Headquarters United States Air Force where she serves as the Air Force Recruiter Superintendent of Enlisted Accessions Policy.  Her deployment includes Operation Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia

United States Marine Corps

Sergeant Angel Rodriguez to dance with Second Lady Karen Pence

Sergeant Rodriguez was born in Camden, New Jersey. He entered the Marine Corps in 2009. SGT. Rodriguez is currently assigned to the Marine Barrack in Washington, D.C. as a Post Supply Warehouse Chief.  His deployment includes Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.


The United States Military celebrates with a traditional cake cutting to honor the achievement and sacrifice of our service members. Cake cutting ceremonies take place during the anniversary of the founding of each of the services.  The cake cutting ceremony also serves as a learning experience for non-commissioned officers and junior officers to understand the history of their respected services. The cake is cut by a military saber

Coast Guard
Petty Officer Second Class Matthew Babot - cake cutter
Petty Officer Babot is the Company Commander at the Training Center, Cape May, New Jersey. He is responsible for the training of enlisted service member at the Coast Guard’s only enlisted Recruit Training installation. He entered the United States Coast Guard in 2009.

Point of contact is CDR Jonathan Blyth at xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Todd J. Gillman
Washington Bureau Chief
Dallas Morning News
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