WASHINGTON (June 17, 2015) -- A large crowd from across the country came out to see the U.S. Army Military District of Washington's Twilight Tattoo hosted by Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, Chief Information Officer and the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6, held on Summerall Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

The CIO and G-6 leads the Army's network modernization to deliver timely, trusted and shared information for the Army and its mission partners. The CIO/G-6 aims to secure and integrate a standards-based environment that ensures uninterrupted global access and enables collaboration and decisive action throughout all operational phases across all environments. The CIO/G-6 achieves this aim by providing signal capabilities to the force, enhancing cyber security capabilities and strengthening network operations.

As the CIO, Ferrell reports directly to the Secretary of the Army, setting the strategic direction and objectives for the Army's network. He supervises all Army C4 (command, control, communications and computers) and IT functions. Ferrell oversees the Army's $10 billion IT investments, manages enterprise IT architecture, establishes and enforces IT policies and directs delivery of operational C4 IT capabilities to support warfighters and business users. As the G-6, he advises the Chief of Staff of the Army on the network, communications, signal operations, information security, force structure and equipping.

MDW's Twilight Tattoo, performed by the Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," can trace its own history back to the years before World War II. At that time, on the grounds of Fort Myer in Arlington, Va., the 3rd Cavalry Regiment held military shows during the winter months. MDW revived the traditional show in 1961 to showcase the talents of its ceremonial units.

As Twilight Tattoo grew in popularity, the Army adapted the show, its location and the time of year it was performed to fit the growing needs of the American people. Settling on performances in Washington, D.C., throughout the summer months, has allowed for thousands of audience members to experience the ceremony and pageantry of the United States Army.

The show runs through August 19, every Wednesday with the exception of July 1. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," will be supporting Fourth of July celebrations that week.

Twilight Tattoo will be performed on Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall's, Summerall Field through June, and on Whipple Field from July through August.

This performance is free and open to the public. For more information on group reservations, contact the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-2888 or email us at:
usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.jfhq-ncr-pao-web-events-omb@mail.mil