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Air chiefs recognized at Air Force Memorial ceremony

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, are escorted by Lt. Col. Gaylord Thomas, Air Force Honor Guard commander, to inspect the troops during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, are escorted by Lt. Col. Gaylord Thomas, Air Force Honor Guard commander, to inspect the troops during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

1st Lt. John Shirley from the Air Force Honor Guard escorts Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, to their positions during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

1st Lt. John Shirley from the Air Force Honor Guard escorts Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, to their positions during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

1st Lt. John Shirley from the Air Force Honor Guard leads Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, to the wreath during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

1st Lt. John Shirley from the Air Force Honor Guard leads Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, to the wreath during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Pacific Air Chiefs from Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand and the Philippines salute while Taps is played during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Pacific Air Chiefs from Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand and the Philippines salute while Taps is played during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2006, at the Air Force Memorial. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Madelyn Waychoff)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang salute during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath-laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 24.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree Andrejcik)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang salute during a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath-laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree Andrejcik)

An Airman from the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard presents the wreath at the foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 24.  Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley hosted the ceremony for nine Pacific air chiefs visiting Washington. Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, represented the Pacific Air Chiefs  when he assisted Gen. Moseley during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree Andrejcik)

An Airman from the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard presents the wreath at the foreign dignitary arrival and wreath laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Oct. 24. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley hosted the ceremony for nine Pacific air chiefs visiting Washington. Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, represented the Pacific Air Chiefs when he assisted Gen. Moseley during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree Andrejcik)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, attend a a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath-laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The Pacific air chiefs from nine countries attended the event with Gen. Samnang representing them when he assisted General Moseley in the inspection of the troops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree Andrejcik)

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley and Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, attend a a foreign dignitary arrival and wreath-laying ceremony at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The Pacific air chiefs from nine countries attended the event with Gen. Samnang representing them when he assisted General Moseley in the inspection of the troops. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Desiree Andrejcik)

WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Under the soaring spires of the newly dedicated Air Force Memorial, several foreign dignitaries were honored at an arrival ceremony Oct. 25. 

The arrival ceremony, hosted by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley, welcomed nine Pacific air chiefs from Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand and the Philippines. The air chiefs' arrival in Washington D.C. signaled the start of a U.S tour for the group. 

The ceremony marked the first time an arrival ceremony has been combined with a wreath laying ceremony, usually held at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.  Arrival ceremonies are usually held on the ceremonial lawn at Bolling Air Force Base, D.C. 

"That we performed our first arrival ceremony at the memorial in front of air chiefs from halfway around the world is rather symbolic about the vast and far reaching impact of the Air Force over the years, and certainly fitting," said Lt. Col. Gaylord Thomas, Air Force Honor Guard commander. "This was a historic occasion, and the performance by our Airmen certainly set the bar for all future ceremonies." 

In the newly combined ceremonies, the Cambodian Royal Air Force commander, Lt. Gen. Soeung Samnang, represented the Pacific air chiefs when he assisted General Moseley in the inspection of the Airmen and in placing the wreath under the memorial. 

The honor guard presented the Airmen for inspection and formed the arrival cordon for the distinguished guests. The Air Force Band also provided Airmen for inspection and the music for the ceremony.

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