Obama, Dempsey Honor Panetta During Farewell Ceremony

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Members of the Fife and Drum Corps of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as "The Old Guard," perform at the armed forces farewell tribute to honor Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. Panetta is stepping down as the 23rd defense secretary. DOD photo b U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, far left, President Barack Obama and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand for a troop review during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor the secretary on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Company commanders from 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as "The Old Guard," present arms at the armed forces farewell ceremony to honor Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., February 8, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta reviews the troops during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor him on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta returns a salute to Army Col. James Markert after Panetta inspected the troops on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo b U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, President Barack Obama and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand for the national anthem during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor the secretary on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, hosted the armed forces farewell ceremony to honor Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta applauds Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor the secretary on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • President Barack Obama speaks during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • President Barack Obama speaks during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • President Barack Obama hugs Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta during the armed forces farewell tribute to honor him on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta speaks at a farewell ceremony in his honor on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta walks away from the podium after giving his remarks during an armed forces farewell tribute in his honor on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade
  • Bravo Panetta listens as his owner, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, speaks during a farewell ceremony in his honor, Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, hosted the armed forces farewell tribute to honor Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Feb. 8, 2013. DOD photo b U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sun L. Vega