One Navy bandsman summed it up at a dress rehearsal this week when he said, “my favorite part is the first step-off; it’s exhilarating and it just overtakes you,” said Chief Musician Juan Vazquez.
The military will be front and center when the world watches this major national and international event. It will be the personification of democracy and of civilian leadership for the world, and for those at home to appreciate.
As we move into the "execute" mode, you should be proud. You’re on “parade” as a visible and professional member of the U.S. military. The world will see our Armed Forces through you. No matter your role in the inauguration, from a supporting role in logistics or communications to cordon member or commander of troops, you are a member of the military team. I’m sure that it will be a day that you’ve prepared for intently but it will end far too soon. Executing our mission is going to be challenging but extremely rewarding. I can’t wait for Jan. 20 to dawn when the Joint Task Force-Armed Forces Inaugural Committee members will stand and deliver a stellar and memorable performance representative of the U.S. Armed Forces on the world stage.