Troops Prepare for Inaugural Rehearsal

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • During early morning hours, troops serving on the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee make their way to the U.S. Capitol to begin the 56th Presidential Inauguration rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are serving on the committee They are carrying on a tradition of honoring the new commander in chief by providing military ceremonial support to inaugurations that dates back more than 200 years. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • In the pre-dawn hours, U.S. Army soldiers prepare for a 21-gun salute rehearsal in Taft Park in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. The soldiers, assigned to the Presidential Salute Battery, 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment,  "The Old Guard," were taking part in a full-dress rehearsal for the presidential inauguration. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kathrine McDowell
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Stephen Fouts, a soldier serving on the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, helps manage operations at the U.S. Capitol before the 56th Presidential Inauguration rehearsal in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Bruce Cobbledick of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, playing the role of President George W. Bush, waits for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Bailey playing the role of vice president-elect's son Robert and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lauren Garbenis as daughter Ashley, both wait for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009.  DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • Members of the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets unit wait for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • U.S. Navy sailors wait at the U.S. Capitol for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • Members of the Joint Honor Cordon wait for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • U.S. Navy Seama Ebony Lumpkins, a member of the honor guard, waits at the U.S. Capitol for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • U.S. Navy Seaman Recruit Casey Chadwick, left, and Seaman Recruit Seth Taylor, both members of the honor guard, make final touches to their uniforms at the U.S. Capitol for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day
  • U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. David Artley, of the Army Herald Trumpets, waits for the rehearsal of the 56th Presidential Inauguration to begin in Washington, D.C., Jan. 11, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Suzanne M. Day