WASHINGTON - The Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region, the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, and Joint Task Force – National Capital Region hosted six congressional staff members during a mission brief and Presidential Inauguration update at Fort McNair Oct. 16.
The brief provided a detailed timeline of inaugural events and an overall map of inaugural support provided by JTF – NCR on inauguration day, including support for the 57th Inauguration Parade. It was also designed to increase understanding of how JFHQ-NCR/MDW interacts with local and federal agencies to conduct homeland defense and support to civil authorities in the NCR and performs world-class ceremonial, musical and special events in support of our nation's leadership.
The DoD and interagency cooperation is paramount to the success of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. The DoD conducts extensive planning with its partners in the NCR, including JTF – NCR 57th Presidential Inaugural Staff, to ensure a consolidated and effective approach for professional and timely presidential inauguration planning.
"The purpose of this visit is to educate the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security on the role JFHQ – NCR and MDW have in the National Capital Region, especially for the 57th Presidential Inauguration," said Darrell Adams, congressional liaison, JFHQ-NCR/MDW. "It is important to allow the congressional staffers an opportunity to understand what we do here and this brief definitely gave them a full spectrum of our assigned missions."
During their visit, members of the congressional staff received a tour of Fort McNair, including several of the command and control vehicles employed by MDW.
JFHQ-NCR plans, coordinates, maintains situational awareness, and as directed, employs forces for homeland defense and support to civil authorities in the NCR Joint Operations Area to safeguard the nation's capital.
MDW serves as the Army Service Component Command of the JFHQ-NCR and is responsible for all joint ceremonies in support of the U.S. president, the secretary of Defense, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. These ceremonies include wreath ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknowns, state funerals and official arrival ceremonies for visiting heads of state and other dignitaries. This diverse command is also responsible for planning and executing the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
Applications for participation in the 57th Presidential Inauguration Parade can be submitted on-line at www.2013InaugurationParade.mil, where interested parties can also access additional information about the parade and view detailed instructions for completing and submitting their materials. Organizations are able to log-in, create an account, enter relevant data, and up-load organization photos, a group biography, video clips, and copies of supporting correspondence from government and political leaders. All applications must be submitted on-line.