In separate calls, Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke with the British defense secretary, the Canadian defense minister and NATO's secretary general, Defense Department news releases said.
Marines load supplies onto a forklift during a vertical replenishment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 21, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Magen F. Reed
Joint Task Force National Capital Region coordinates all military ceremonial support on behalf of the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies.
The Defense Department joins the nation in honoring the commitment, sacrifices and contributions families of service members make every day in support of the military and the nation.

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