What is it?
Thousands of Soldiers, along with other Department of Defense service members, have a public, ceremonial role supporting the 56th Presidential Inauguration. Still more - an integrated force of Soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen - have the task of supporting civil authorities as they provide the security and consequence management capability to carry forward the mission with confidence. Only through intense planning, communication and training can an event of this magnitude be secured successfully.
At the request of the primary federal agency, DOD will make capabilities available to support consequence management operations, should a large-scale incident occur during the inauguration. Those capabilities include technical rescue assets, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) response forces, aviation assets, military working dogs, explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) support, medical assets and other logistics.
What has the Army done?
Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region is dual-hatted as the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. It's the Army command that fulfills a broad range of missions in the NCR. A regional subcommand of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), JFHQ-NCR is charged with ground-based homeland defense and provides Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) in a region that includes the federal seat of government.
JFHQ-NCR has been designated as a Joint Task Force by NORTHCOM comprising all Title 10 military forces committed to a regional crisis within the NCR. During the Inaugural Period, and together with National Guard and Coast Guard elements, our Title 32 partners, JTF-NCR has response teams standing by ready to assist with consequence management operations if military assistance to civil authorities is required.
For years, JFHQ-NCR/MDW has regularly trained alongside our partners in the region. When DOD support is required, the response as a JTF must be well-coordinated and effective.
As the Army Forces element to the JTF-NCR, MDW's contribution towards consequence management operations is significant. Key elements within MDW, including the Air Operations Group (AOG) and the Old Guard, have contributed significantly to the planning efforts and have forces on standby. One element that is on-call and ready to react, the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company - part of the AOG, is poised to provide its expertise, rescuing persons trapped within collapsed structures.
Why is it important to the Army?
JTF-NCR takes a collective, all-hazards approach to disaster planning. In the unlikely event of a large-scale incident during the 2009 Inaugural period, we have highly trained and specialized response teams ready to assist.
U.S. Northern Command Web site
Armed Forces Inaugural Committee Web site
Office of the President-Elect Web site
- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal
- Stories of Valor
- Speaker's Toolkit
- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"