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Army colonel finally gets promoted during impromptu, snowy ceremony

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In the nation's capital, the snow may have paralyzed the government Monday, but one military family was undaunted.

With the wind whipping and sleet and snow pummeling his family and friends, Army Lt. Col. Joseph Martin became a full colonel in front of the Jefferson Memorial.

When the federal government closed down due to the storm so did the Pentagon where this ceremony was supposed to take place.  But a few government employees hustled to shovel out a spot at the Jefferson Memorial.  A top-ranking official drove a four-wheel drive vehicle from the Pentagon to officiate.

It was the second time Col. Martin's promotion ceremony almost didn't happen.  The initial ceremony was postponed during sequestration.

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