Pompeo, Army chief of staff attend ceremony honoring Bob Dole

Pompeo, Army chief of staff attend ceremony honoring Bob Dole
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoBolton replacement inherits tough challenges — including Trump Saudi Arabia says it will take 'appropriate' action if Iran's role in attacks confirmed Clarence Thomas, Joe Manchin, Rudy Giuliani among guests at second state visit under Trump MORE and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, were among the attendees Thursday at a ceremony honoring former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) with an honorary promotion to Army colonel.

Pictures of the event show Dunford and Pompeo smiling alongside members of Dole's family, including his wife, former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

"I became a “full bird colonel” today at the WWII Memorial. A special thanks to the U.S. Army. God bless our men and women in uniform," Dole wrote on Twitter.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOvernight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control MORE (D-Mich.) was also among the guests Thursday, calling Dole's service during World War 2 "inspiring."

"Congrats to my friend Bob Dole on the promotion to Army Colonel! Your service and dedication to our country is inspiring," she wrote.

Dole was officially promoted in March after legislation to approve his honorary promotion to colonel was unanimously approved by the House. Now 95 years old, Dole previously served as a senator for more than three decades and unsuccessfully ran for president in 1996.

"I was proud to wear our nation's uniform 77 years ago when I enlisted, and my pride in America's brave service men and women continues today," he said in a statement earlier this year upon his official promotion.