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. 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.

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