December 16th, 2011
02:03 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - 20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, Maryland has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball next November. "With your husband's permission of course," said Leeks.
The first lady responded, "I'd love to" and brought an aide over to get his information. The first lady met Leeks at a Toys-for-Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling located in southeast Washington, DC.
Leeks leaves for Afghanistan next month where he will prepare the bodies of slain troops for return to Dover Air Force Base.
When asked by the media if the President was aware of the invitation, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "If the President is watching, this it might be the first he has heard of it…I don’t know, but I think the First Lady’s commitment to military families is very strong indeed so I am sure she was flattered by the invitation.”