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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need Congress to approve Iran strikes in interview with The Hill | New sanctions hit Iran's supreme leader | Schumer seeks to delay defense bill amid Iran tensions | Esper's first day as acting Pentagon chief Pompeo meets with Saudi crown prince amid tensions with Iran Poll: 24 percent of voters want military action against Iran 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 DingellCalifornia official blasts EPA head over car standard negotiations Democrats grill Trump officials over fuel standard rollback On The Money: Democrats set stage for next shutdown fight | House panel wraps up final 2020 spending bill | GOP senators, White House delay meeting on spending | Trump hits Fed over high interest rates 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.