News: Mt. Vernon-native marches in 57th Presidential Inauguration
Story by Cpl. Mondo Lescaud
WASHINGTON - Maj. Brent Hampton, a native of Mt. Vernon, Ill., will march as a member of the Marine Corps’ service staff during the 57th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 21.
Hampton, along with four other officers and some of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.’s prestigious marching and musical units, will march down Pennsylvania Avenue, pass the White House and arrive at the Capitol before the inauguration ceremony.
“It’s part of our mission to provide the best ceremonial support throughout the National Capitol Region,” said Hampton. “I am so proud to serve in any capacity for such a historical event.”
Hampton is no stranger to the marching spotlight, having performed in numerous ceremonies and parades at the Barracks, including their popular Friday Evening and Tuesday Sunset Parades performed throughout the summer, a Barracks tradition that dates back to the early 1900s.
He also serves as the executive officer of Marine Corps Institute Company, which has the honor of facilitating the training and education of individual Marines, through the distance education programs.
Some of his awards include a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
Marines from the “Oldest Post of the Corps,” Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., will provide extensive ceremonial support to the inauguration. The ceremonial marching companies from the Barracks, Company A and Company B, will march in the inauguration, and the “President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform at the Capitol.
Military support to the presidential inaugural ceremony is part of a grand military tradition, dating back to 1789.
For public affairs information specific to the 57th Presidential Inauguration, contact the Joint Task Force – National Capital Region public affairs office by visiting their web page at:
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https://www.facebook.com/jointtaskforceNCR. For information regarding Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. support to the inauguration, please contact the MBW public affairs office at 202-433-6660/6682. Or, email the public affairs officer at John.D.Norton1@usmc.mil.