News: 1st Lt. Kelly Hiser joins Joint Task Force - National Capital Region
Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher Bevins
WASHINGTON – U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Kelly Hiser, a Union, Mo., native, currently residing in Bellevue, Neb., joined the Joint Task Force - National Capital Region in support of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, which will take place Jan. 21, 2013.
The task force is charged with coordinating all military ceremonial support for the inaugural period. As a joint service committee, it includes members from all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including Active, Reserve and National Guard components.
Hiser is assigned as a protocol officer for the JTF-NCR.
“It is an honor to be here to support the inauguration,” said Hiser. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it's important for us to show our support for the president.”
The U.S. armed forces have participated in the inauguration of the president of the United States since April 30, 1789, when members of the U.S. Army, local militia units and Revolutionary War veterans escorted George Washington to his first inauguration ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City. More than 220 years later, the participation of the armed forces continues to honor our commander in chief, recognize civilian control of the armed forces and celebrate democracy.
Participation by the armed forces traditionally includes musical units, marching bands, color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons. Soldiers, Marines, sailors, airmen and Coast Guardsmen also provide invaluable assistance to the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies.
The Secretary of defense has authorized nearly 200 service members to be assigned to JTF-NCR by Inauguration Day to coordinate Department of Defense support in and around the District of Columbia. In addition to the JTF-NCR service members, historically as many as 5,000 service members have participated in the celebration, both in view of the public and behind the scenes.
Just as military men and women show their commitment to this country while deployed around the globe, participation of service members in this traditional event demonstrates our military’s support to the nation’s commander in chief.
“I'm proud to be a part of an historic event this like this,” said Hiser. “I was honored to be selected by my commander to come fill this position.”