Inaugural Times Vol. 2, No. 3
This joint service newsletter is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military, retirees, DoD civilians and their dependents. The contents of The Inaugural Times do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. government, Department of Defense and does not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content of this publication is edited and approved by the JTF-NCR Public Affairs office.
DoD holds Presidential Inauguration map exercise By Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth JTF-NCR Public Affairs WASHINGTON – Members of Joint Task Force – National Capital Region hosted the final ceremonial rehearsal of a concept map exercise for members of both civilian and military agencies at the D.C. Armory, Dec. 12. The symposium showcased the culmination of months of planning and preparation between all agencies supporting the 57th Presidential Inauguration scheduled to take place Jan. 21, 2013. The exercise featured a 40x60 foot floor map complete with three- dimensional buildings and markings, allowing each agency to discuss their plans for personnel placement and answer any questions other agencies may have. “The 57th Inauguration is a big deal. It’s the biggest, most complicated event that takes place in the nation’s capital,” Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, JTF-NCR commanding general said. “It’s our honor to take part in it.” 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 the commander in chief, recognize civilian control of the armed forces and celebrate democracy. JTF-NCR has brought in more than 300 military personnel to support MAPEX continued on pg. 3 DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth Members of the media film on a large scale map at the D.C. Armory in Washington, Dec. 12. The map was used by the Joint Task Force -- National Capital Region to discuss plans for military support to the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013. 2 Dec. 14, 2012 JTF - NCR Inaugural Times Fife and Drum Corps ramps up to support the 57th Presidential Inauguration DoD photos by Staff Sgt. Opal Vaughn U.S. Army Soldiers of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, at Fort Myer, Va, practice marching in preparation for the upcoming 57th Presidential Inauguration, Dec. 7. The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps has particpated in every Presidential Inauguration since President John F. Kennedyâ€™s in 1961. Nearly 60 fifer, buglers and drummers marched from the Capitol to the White House during the 56th Presidential Inauguration in 2009. The group normally performs with only around 25 musicians. The Inaugural Times Joint Task Force - National Capital Region Washington, D.C. This joint service newsletter is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military, retirees, DoD civilians and their dependents. The contents of The Inaugural Times do not necessarily reflect the official views of the U.S. government, Department of Defense and does not imply endorsement thereof. The editorial content of this publication is edited and approved by the JTF-NCR Public Affairs office. Others are encouraged to submit news, photographs and informational items for publication. E-mail submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The JTF NCR 57th Presidential Inaugural Public Affairs Staff LCDR Michael Billips Deputy Director CMSgt Robert Valenca Superintendent Maj. Paul Bamonte Plans Maj. Miguel Alvarez Plans Maj. Chevelle Thomas Media Relations Chief Lt. Michael Sheehan CI Chief Capt. Russell Gordon VI Chief CPO Michael Heckman Graphics CPO Elizabeth Thompson Media Ops PO1 Tim Comerford CI SSgt Cooper Evans VI SSgt Brittany Jones VI PO2 Elizabeth Bordelon Media Ops SSgt Kris Levasseur Media Ops Inaugural Times MAPEX continued the inaugural planning process, with an additional 7,000 service members supporting various ceremonial roles including musical units, colors guards, and cordons. U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Michelle Watson, a Vancouver, Wash., native, is the deputy commander of the cordon unit. Cordon’s mission is to ensure the parade route is lined with more than 1,500 individuals from all branches of the military. These individuals will render the proper customs and courtesies as the president passes on his way to and from the capital. “The exercise today allows us to present the plans that we’ve developed to the other agencies and get any feedback they have,” Watson said. JTF - NCR Dec. 14, 2012 3 “The role of the military in this event is one of support,” Linnington said. “We are here to support the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the other civilian agencies.” JTF-NCR Commanding General speaks at map exersise (Right) U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commanding general of Joint Task Force - National Capital Region, gives opening remarks during a map exercise at the D.C. Armory in Washington, Dec. 12. DoD photo by Sgt. Katryn Tuton Pride and Professionalism within the JTF-NCR Special to The Inaugural Times Commentary By Brig. Gen. James P. Scanlan JTF-NCR, Deputy for Inaugural Support An honor and a privilege – those are the words I most often use to describe my service in our armed forces. What an incredible honor and a privilege to serve alongside my fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and Department of Defense civilians. Active, Guard and Reserve, we come together to form a joint task force equal to any task, ready to face any challenge. Our task – the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Again, an honor and privilege. What a tremendous opportunity. 5,000 of our best and brightest military members representing the entire Department of Defense, almost three million strong, paying tribute to our commander in chief. A centuries-old military tradition dating back to our first commander in chief, President George Washington. Surely an honor and a privilege, but certainly a challenge. How do we face this challenge? As a joint force. Each and every member of our joint force plays a critical role; communications, logistics, planning, parade elements, musical elements, salute gun battery, ushers, military assistants, street cordon, Presidential escort, chaplain, public affairs, medical, etc. A monumental undertaking with hundreds of moving pieces; all planned and choreographed by an incredible group of professionals working as a team. With a broad array of backgrounds, experience, knowledge and skills, our joint force finds its strength in its diversity. When I look across our force, I am absolutely amazed at the talent and the level of pride and professionalism. With just about 40 days to go we have entered a critical phase and in the days ahead we will finalize the plan. At the full dress rehearsal on Jan 13th, we will add the finishing touches and lock in that plan. One week later, we will execute the plan. There is no finer example of freedom DoD photo and democracy than the inauguration of the President of the United States. On Jan 21, 2013, the world will watch as the men and women of JTF-NCR representing US Armed Forces worldwide showcase why we are the strongest nation in the world. Thanks for all you do. 4 Dec. 14, 2012 JTF - NCR Inaugural Times J1 - 685.4542 685.4915 J3 - 685.2552 J33 - 685.4908 J35 - 685.4551 J36 - 685.3738 J37 - 685.2681 J38 - 685.1934 J4 - 685.4147 J6 - 685.2666 J8 - 685.2775 PAO - 685.2770 SAFETY - 685.1688 SEC - 685.4085 To add your directorate customer service number please call PAO. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kristopher Levasseur U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Bordelon is December’s Warrior Spotlight. Bordelon is supporting the 57th Presidential Inauguration as a media relations speciailist in the public affairs office. The New Orleans native was nominated for her unwavering professionalism and her contagious motivation. Her positive attitude and dedication reflect great credit upon herself and the JTF-NCR. “PA2 Bordelon has been an invaluable addition to the media relations team,” Lt. Suzanne Kerver said. “With an enthusiastic, can-do attitude, she’s quickly established relationships with international, national and local media outlets and coordinated their attendance at several key events. As our unofficial morale officer, she keeps us grounded and positive. We appreciate her outstanding contributions.” Inaugural Times JTF - NCR Dec. 14, 2012 5 Navy remembers Pearl Harbor DoD photo by Sgt. Katryn Tuton Members of the Navy Ceremonial Guard present the 56 state and territorial flags during a ceremony commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack at the Navy Memorial. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that today’s date, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, would be “a date that will live in infamy.” DoD photo by Sgt. Katryn Tuton Chief Master-at-Arms Anthony LaFrenier, a reservist with Naval Security Force Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, renders honors at the Navy Memorial while commemorating the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. Jones Members of the U.S. Navy Band perform at a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony at the Navy Memorial. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 started at 7:55 a.m. and lasted until 9:45 a.m. The attacks from Japanese naval aircraft killed 2,235 U.S. servicemen and wounded 1,143. DoD photo by Sgt. Katryn Tuton Commandant, Naval District Washington, Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge presents Pearl Harbor survivor, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. (Retired) Albert Grasselli with a coin to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Grasselli’s unit was one of the first to be attacked. 6 Dec. 14, 2012 JTF - NCR Inaugural Times Standing shoulder to shoulder, JTF-NCR members focused on mission Special to The Inaugural Times Commentary by Master Chief Petty Officer Tat L. Huen JTF-NCR Senior Enlisted Advisor Dear Shipmates. I am honored and privileged to serve as the Senior Enlisted Advisor, Joint Task Force National Capital Region for Inaugural Support. I am simply in awe as Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen come together from across the nation to forge JTFNCR. In doing so, each demonstrates the ethos of their services and unity of purpose in support of this centuriesold tradition of honoring our president and Commander-In-Chief. JTF-NCR will build to more than 400 military personnel, representing the best of our services; to plan and lead over 5000 military personnel to flawlessly execute all facets of inaugural support, and help to bring together the people of our great nation in celebration of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. During my walkabouts, I see our dedicated troops bring their best practices and unique skills to the JTF-NCR team. Each service member is eager to integrate and collaborate, increase efficiencies and reduce costs, to identify and solve problems, and surmount challenges. No matter the task, whether it involves transportation, personnel, information technology, logistics, food services, operations, or finances, I see everyone standing shoulder to shoulder, focused on our mission, to support and deliver a world-class Inaugural event. There is purposeful activity as our service members work as a collective team, to reach out and coordinate with our interagency partners; the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Such collaboration ensures the 57th Presidential Inaugurtion is planned in detail and executed with precision in support of a safe, secure, memorable, DoD photo and joyous event for over ten thousand civilian participants and an estimated 800,000 spectators, joined and united in celebration. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am absolutely honored and thrilled to be part of the JTF-NCR team and its mission. DoD graphic by Staff Sgt. Brittany E. 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The USO will will identify a community member to provide a minimum of two gifts valued at $50 for each military child. For more information call 703-805-4277. Submit an announcement Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth H. Bordelon Jennifer Loudin, U.S. Coast Guard, celebrates her advancement to the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer during a ceremony held at the Washington Monument. To submit an announcement to the newsletter send an e-mail with the information and point of contact to brittany.e.jones13. email@example.com. Announcements must be relevant to JTF-NCR staff and are subject to editorial review before being published.