Ft.Leonard Wood Soldiers At Presidential Inauguration
edited press release -- Two Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers will represent the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood at the Presidential Inauguration January 21 in Washington D.C.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Hernandez of Gary, Indiana, and Spc. Tony Brown of St. Louis, Missouri, have been invited as special guests to attend one of the official inauguration balls.
Hernandez, an instructor with the Sapper Leader Course, 1st Engineer Brigade, is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood Noncommissioned Officer of the 4th Quarter.
Brown, a supply clerk with the 3rd Chemical Brigade, is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood Soldier of the 4th Quarter.
According to the Joint Task Force National Capital Region, more than 2,100 military personnel will be marching in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, with a total of about 5,000 troops supporting the inauguration.
Military involvement in the Presidential Inauguration is a centuries-old tradition.
The U.S. military has participated in this important American tradition since April 30, 1789 when members of the U.S. Army, local militia units and Revolutionary War veterans escorted President George Washington to his first inauguration ceremony at Federal Hall in New York City.