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.