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    PIC selects military participants for Presidential Inaugural Parade

    2009 Armed Forces Inaugural Committee

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    WASHINGTON ― Joint Task Force – National Capital Region announces military participation for the 57th Presidential Inaugural parade.

    The Presidential Inaugural Committee officially announced several selections of Inaugural Parade participants, including military organizations, Dec. 18. Military support is designed to provide appropriate honors to the commander in chief, recognize civilian control of the military and celebrate democracy.

    Traditionally, military units from each of the five branches have marched in the Presidential escort and in the Inaugural Parade. More than 2,100 military personnel will be marching in the Inaugural Parade, with approximately 5,000 supporting the inauguration all together.

    Additionally, for the current inauguration, 2,807 groups applied to march in the parade. All applications were collected and organized by JTF-NCR and 317 were submitted to the PIC, which is appointed by the President-Elect. These applications were reviewed by the PIC with assistance of the JTF-NCR, including members of several military bands, musical acts and drill teams.

    “The Inauguration day parade is the largest, most complicated event that takes place in the nation’s capital, which requires a multitude of mission partners to work together,” said Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, JTF– NCR commanding general. “The role of the military in this event is one of support. We are here to support the Presidential Inauguration Committee, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and the other civilian agencies.”

    Service members involved in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration represent an integrated Total Force - Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen - proudly serving their country at home and around the world. This support comprises musical units, marching bands, color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons, which render appropriate ceremonial honors to the commander in chief.

    Below is the complete list of military organizations selected to participate on Jan. 21, 2013:

    Military support to the Presidential Escort
    JTF-NCR senior service representatives led by Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington
    Joint Staff led by Col. James C. Markert, commander 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment
    The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own), led by Drum Major, Master Sgt. Scott Little
    3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
    U.S. Marine Corps. Ceremonial Guard Company, Marine Barracks Washington
    Armed Forces Color Guard
    U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard
    U.S. Air Force Honor Guard
    U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard
    The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps led by Drum Major Master Sgt. William White
    The Commander and Chief's Guard

    The Presidential Escort is often viewed by the general public as part of the Inaugural Parade. However, the Presidential Escort is actually a smaller, distinct procession that, in addition to the President and Vice President, includes the U.S. Army Band, Commander-in-Chief’s Guard, Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps., Honor Platoons for each of the armed services, and the Armed Forces Color Guard.

    There are five distinct parade divisions and each division is comprised of various elements of the five armed services.

    Division 1
    U.S. Army, Staff comprising academy, active, guard and reserve members
    The U.S. Army Field Band
    The U.S. Military Academy Marching Company, West Point, N.Y.
    The U.S. Army Marching Company, 1st Battalion, 319th Field Artillery, 82d Airborne Division, Fort. Bragg, N.C.
    The U.S. Army Color Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry
    The U.S. Army National Guard, D.C. National Guard
    The U.S. Army Reserve, 200th Military Police Command, Fort Meade, Md.
    54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

    Division 2
    U.S. Marine Corps, Staff comprising active and reserve members
    The U.S. Marine Band (The President’s Own)
    The U.S. Marine Corps Marching Company, Ceremonial Guard Company
    The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard
    The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marching Company

    Division 3
    U.S. Navy, Staff comprising academy, active, guard and reserve members
    The U.S. Navy Band
    The U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
    The U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard
    The U.S. Navy Color Guard
    The U.S. Navy Reserve

    Division 4
    U.S. Air Force, Staff comprising academy, active, guard and reserve members
    The U.S. Air Force Band
    The U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
    The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard
    The U.S. Air Force Color Guard
    The U.S. Air National Guard, 113th Wing, D.C Air National Guard
    The U.S. Air Force Reserve, 459th Air Refueling Wing

    Division 5
    U.S. Coast Guard, Staff comprising academy, active and reserve members
    The U.S. Coast Guard Band
    The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.
    The U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard
    The U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard
    The U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

    The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Staff Element
    The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Band
    The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Color Guard
    The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

    In addition the PIC has selected the following military elements as representatives of their home states: the 81st Reserve Support Command Wildcats Color Guard, Fort Jackson, S.C. in historic World War I era uniforms.

    Military involvement in the Presidential Inauguration is a centuries-old tradition. The U.S. military has participated in this important American tradition 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.

    For more information on JTF-NCR visit www.dvidshub.net/units/JTF-NCR and www.facebook.com/jointtaskforceNCR#!/jointtaskforceNCR. For more information on the Presidential Inaugural Committee visit http://2013pic.org/.

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    Date Taken: 12.21.2012
    Date Posted: 12.21.2012 10:22
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