In a swearing ceremony held in person at the Pentagon as well as virtually, individuals took the oath to protect and defend the United States. The following is an abridged list:

•    Patricia Barron, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
•    Terry Adirim, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs
•    Scott Arceneaux, Special Assistant for White House Liaison Office
•    Susanna Blume, performing the duties of Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation
•    Tanya Bradsher, Senior Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement
•    Melissa Dalton, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities
•    Morgan Dwyer, Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
•    Beth Foster, Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
•    Beth George, Principal Deputy General Counsel
•    Storm Horncastle, Residential Manager and Social Secretary of the Vice President
•    Brian Katz, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense (Intelligence & Security)
•    Jongsun Kim, Deputy Comptroller for Budget and Appropriations Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense  (Comptroller)
•    John Kirby, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
•    Kelly Magsamen, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense
•    Adil Ahmed, Attorney Advisor, Office of the General Counsel, Department of the Army

A full list of the officials can be found here.

Photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany Chase