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Military Supports Inaugural

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 1997 – Thousands of U.S. service members worked long, hard hours to support the presidential inauguration Jan. 20.

Marching units were the most visible military presence, but many other service members worked behind the scenes providing security, logistics support, communications, planning and transportation.

The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, under the command of Army Maj. Gen. Robert Foley, started planning operations in June 1996. Close to 2,000 service members took part in the inauguration.

The work of the inaugural committee ends in March. Personnel with the committee are taking lessons they learned and saving them for their successors who will plan the inaugural in 2001.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe Clintons wave to spectators along Washington's Pennsylvania Ave. prior to start of the 1997 inaugural parade Jan. 20. The Clintons walked the final leg of the inaugural procession, which started at the U.S. Capitol and ended at the White House. Sgt. Ramona Joyce, USA  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageAs daughter Chelsea and wife Hillary watch, President Bill Clinton begins his second term by taking the presidential oath from Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist Jan. 20. Standing behind Clinton are House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Vice President Al Gore. MSgt. Fernando Serna, USAF  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageThe Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Fort Myer, Va., performs before President Clinton at the U.S. Capitol following Clinton's inaugural address. The Army ceremonial unit was part of the inauguration escort procession taking the president from the Capitol to the White House. Cpl. Joe Battista, USMC  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMarines from Company C, 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, march past the presidential reviewing stand during the 1997 Presidential Inaugural Parade Jan. 20 in Washington. The unit is part of the Fleet Marine Force and stationed in Tallahassee, Fla. Sgt. Ramona Joyce, USA  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMarine Corps Sgt. Heath Kuhlman and wife Monica speak briefly with President and Mrs. Clinton at one of the 15 inaugural balls held in Washington Jan. 20. Maj. Laura Feldman, USMC  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageMembers of the Army's Commander-in-Chief's Guard from Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington march down Constitution Avenue as part of the 1997 Inaugural Parade Jan. 20. The unit is a part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the Army's official ceremonial unit. SSgt. Yolanda Danzy, USAF  
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