Historic Air National Guard airlift brings troops to DC
WASHINGTON – Thousands of National Guard troops continued to stream into the nation’s capital Saturday to support law enforcement during the presidential inauguration, building to a force of up to 25,000 members. Many of the Soldiers and Airmen are getting there via the Air National Guard in a historic airlift.
Some 125 Air National Guard aircraft flew 134 sorties into Washington Jan. 12-15, bringing more than 7,060 National Guard troops and 2.3 million pounds of cargo from around the nation. The flurry of flights into Joint Base Andrews in Maryland continued Saturday, handled by the 89th Airlift Wing.
“The type of mission that we are involved in right now just demonstrates the nature of the Air National Guard,” said Lt. Gen. Mike Loh, director, Air National Guard. “We pride ourselves in being the first to the fight, whether it be responding to natural disasters, COVID-19, civil unrest, or providing support to our local, state, and federal partners for the inauguration.”
“The volume of aircraft, personnel, and equipment that is processing through Andrews is pretty much unprecedented,” said Lt. Col. Devin T. Robinson, director, Air National Guard public affairs. “Our Guard Airmen are turning a massive number of aircraft in a very short period of time – it really is amazing!”
On Sunday, the Alaska Air National Guard’s 168th Wing will fly about 80 Guardsmen aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker from Eielson Air Force Base on a seven-hour flight to Joint Base Andrews.
When was “Hail to the Chief” first played for the President? Who is the only President Sousa composed a march for? Why is “Hail Columbia” played for the Vice President? Join the Marine Band for a concert about its role in providing the soundtrack for the Presidential Inauguration since 1801.
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For more than 200 years America’s citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to today, as we prepare for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies, the Swearing-In Ceremonies represent both national renewal and continuity of leadership. As each president has offered a vision for America’s future, we reflect on the heritage of Inaugurals past.
Since 1901, and in accordance with the 20th Amendment of the United States Constitution, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC) has been responsible for the planning and execution of the Inaugural Ceremonies of the President-elect and Vice President-elect of the United States at the Capitol. The footage shown of the Swearing-In Ceremony of President William McKinley on the East Front of the Capitol in 1901, the first Inaugural planned by the JCCIC.
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