JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD. -- Military leaders from across the National Capital Region participated in the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region Commander's Conference at the Jacob E. Smart building on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Nov. 20, 2019. The conference, hosted by Maj. Gen. Omar J. Jones IV, commanding general, JFHQ-NCR and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, provided commanders and senior non-commissioned officers with a forum to dialogue various topics concerning force protection, security, and ceremonial support.

"Time invested in our relationships is invaluable so that we know and trust our teammates across the National Capital Region," said Jones. "As a joint team, we exist for homeland defense in the Nation's Capital."

The semi-annual conference afforded commanders and their staff the opportunity to discuss inauguration preparation, elements of force protection, and the overarching PACE (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency) planning methodology for interagency communication.

During the conference Jones emphasized his three priorities that remain steadfast throughout the JFHQ-NCR/MDW team.

Jones stated that collectively the priorities remain supporting homeland defense as Guardians of the Nation's Capital, serving as the face of the military, and maintaining readiness for today and tomorrow.

Since 1798 with President George Washington, the U.S. military has provided inauguration support. In 1953 with the first inauguration for Dwight D. Eisenhower, the level of support was formalized into a committee that we know today as the JFHQ-NCR/MDW. For over 66 years, the members of this team have continued to come together to serve and defend the Nation's Capital.