6:47 pm - Thursday September 21, 2017

Academy Cadets To March In Inaugural Parade

Cadet 1st Class Erin Doran of
Brunswick, Ohio, will salute the President in the nation’s capital on
Monday, as she leads fellow Air Force Academy cadets in the 57th
Presidential Inaugural parade Monday, Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C.
Doran is this semester’s squadron commander for Cadet Squadron 22.
She will lead 82 cadets from her squadron in the Inaugural Parade, which
represents the Air Force Academy by virtue of being named the Academy’s
outstanding cadet squadron for the previous academic year.
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 Joint
Task Force – National Capital Region 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.”
The military participants in the Inaugural Parade are broken up into
five divisions, with the first four divisions consisting of  Army, Marine,
Navy and Air Force, respectively.  Division 5 will be Coast Guard and
Merchant Marines.
Participants in the Air Force Division, and their marching order, is
as follows:
• An Air Force command contingent, which will include an Air Force
Academy cadet. Cadet1st Class Josh Williams, Cadet Wing commander, will
march in the cadet contingent, bring the Academy’s total number of cadets in
the parade up to 84.  The command contingent will be followed by:
• The U.S. Air Force Band
• Cadet Squadron 22 from the U.S. Air Force Academy.
• 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, Joint Base
Andrews, MD.
The U.S. Armed Forces has provided support for official presidential
inaugural ceremonies dating back to April 30, 1789, when members of the
Continental Army escorted George Washington to the first U.S. presidential
swearing-in ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City.
Two other organizations from Colorado have been invited to
participate in the Inaugural Parade: The Native American Women Warriors from
Pueblo West and the Ballet Folklóico de la Raza from the Colorado Springs
area.
The Inaugural Parade is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., Eastern
Standard Time.  Traditionally, the parade route begins at the corner of 4th
Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, goes west on Pennsylvania Avenue, then
north on 15th Street, and finally west on Pennsylvania Avenue to 17th
Street. Total distance is about 1.65 miles.ACADEMY CADETS TO MARCH IN INAUGURAL PARADE

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