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Former Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus officially joins Navy

Former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDemocrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Governor races to test COVID-19 response, Trump influence 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 JohnsonHillicon Valley: House targets tech giants with antitrust bills | Oversight chair presses JBS over payment to hackers | Trump spokesman to join tech company | YouTube suspends GOP senator YouTube suspends Ron Johnson for 7 days GOP senators introduce bill to make Iran deal subject to Senate approval MORE (R-Wis.) tweeted.

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

Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerDeSantis to hold Newsmax town hall Biden's poor TV ratings against Trump is exactly what this administration wants Overnight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections 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 MattisBiden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet Rejoining the Iran nuclear deal would save lives of US troops, diplomats The soft but unmatched power of US foreign exchange programs 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 TrumpBiden prepares to confront Putin Biden aims to bolster troubled Turkey ties in first Erdoğan meeting Senate investigation of insurrection falls short 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.