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    Guardsmen participate in Georgia's 83rd Governor Inauguration



    Story by Spc. Tori Miller 

    124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    Georgia Governor Brian Kemp walks down the steps of the Georgia State Capitol to meet Maj. Gen. Joe Jarrard, Georgia’s Adjutant General, and the Commissioner of Georgia Department of Public Safety and Georgia State Patrol, Col. Mark W. McDonough, at Liberty Plaza on Jan. 14 in Atlanta after taking his oath of office as Georgia’s 83rd Governor Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion shortly before attending the military review.

    The newly sworn governor reviewed soldiers, airmen, and state law enforcement officers from the Georgia National Guard, Georgia State Patrol and the State Defense Force volunteers. The review of the troops is a time-honored tradition for the Georgia National Guard. Since 1915, the Georgia Department of Defense provided additional security to the event, a military review of Guardsmen and a ceremonial firing of a 17-gun salute.

    This year, the tradition continues with the Georgia Army National Guardsmen from the Savannah-based 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment firing a 19-gun salute to honor the governor.

    “It was a great honor to participate in such a historical event,” said Sgt. Alexander J. Davidson, Public Affairs Specialist of the State Defense Force.

    Jarrard has worked alongside Governor Nathan Deal since appointed Adjutant General in 2014. His partnership with the Deal has proven successes with the Georgia National Guard through three hurricanes and the snowstorm of 2017. Recently, they oversaw the send-off of the Macon-based 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s deployment to Afghanistan. During the nine-month deployment, the 48th IBCT mission is to train, advise and assist Afghan soldiers.

    For soldiers of the Guard, it is a great honor to be a part of historical events, such as the inauguration, for the state of Georgia.

    “As a senior noncommissioned officer, getting to participate in a historical event such as the Governor's inauguration will be one of the fond memories of my career,” said 1st Sgt. Samuel Larsh of the Marietta-based Joint Force Headquarters. “Many people can say that they have watched significant events, fewer can claim that they were present for these historical events, only a select few have the ability to say that they participated in such events.”

    As we celebrate Georgia’s newest Governor, let us also celebrate the legacy of one of the nation’s oldest guards. The Georgia National Guard will recognize Jarrard’s service as the Adjutant General during the Georgia National Guard Change of Command Ceremony on Jan. 26 at Clay National Guard Center, Marietta, Georgia.



    Date Taken: 01.14.2019
    Date Posted: 01.15.2019 13:25
    Story ID: 307024
    Location: ATLANTA, GA, US 

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