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Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus officially joins Navy

Former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusAuthor: Meadows is history's worst White House chief of staff Ex-White House officials urge Trump to condemn violence at Capitol Making America dull again MORE on Monday officially joined the U.S. Navy following a commissioning ceremony led by Vice President Pence.

Priebus, 47, was commissioned as an ensign, the junior rank in the Navy, following a months-long application process. Several lawmakers and fellow Wisconsinites attended the ceremony and shared photos after its conclusion.

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"It was an honor and privilege to attend @Reince’s naval commissioning ceremony this morning. Congratulations and thank you for your service Ensign Priebus!!!" Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack Wisconsin Democrats make ad buy calling on Johnson to resign Efforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress MORE (R-Wis.) tweeted.

Rep. Bryan Steil (R-Wis.) also attended.

Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSean Spicer applies to join White House Correspondents' Association GOP lawmakers are showing up more frequently on Newsmax Making America dull again MORE, a Navy reserve officer and the White House press secretary during Priebus's tenure in the administration, also attended and offered his congratulations on Twitter.

The Navy did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Priebus's swearing in, but the longtime political insider is expected to serve as a human resources officer.

The Washington Post first reported in December that Priebus had applied to join the Navy as a reserve officer. He underwent a months-long process that included a recommendation from then-Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Biden inaugurated as 46th president | Norquist sworn in as acting Pentagon chief | Senate confirms Biden's Intel chief Trump administration official Norquist sworn in as acting Pentagon chief Top Senate Democrat backs waiver for Biden Pentagon nominee MORE.

Priebus wrote in his application statement, which was obtained by the Post, that he was moved to serve following an Oval Office meeting in which President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE met with the wife and children of a slain Navy SEAL.

He previously served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee and was Trump's first chief of staff.