Guardians of the Nation’s Capital Visit U.S. Capitol

By Julie C. BakerAugust 5, 2022

Joint Task Force-National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington military and civilian personnel attend a Leadership Professional Development event at the United States Capitol, July 26, 2022.
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Joint Task Force-National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington military and civilian personnel meet with Congressman Clay Higgins during Leadership Professional Development event at the United States Capitol, July 26, 2022.
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Joint Task Force-National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington military and civilian personnel meet with Senator Mark Kelly during Leadership Professional Development event at the United States Capitol, July 26, 2022.
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Joint Task Force-National Capital Region and U.S. Army Military District of Washington military and civilian personnel attended a Leadership Professional Development event at the United States Capitol, July 26, 2022.

A meet and greet with the Army, House Office of the Congressional Legislative Liaison was followed by a guided tour of the Capitol. The group later met with Congressman Clay Higgins, Senator Mark Kelly, and Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi. The team presented them with commander’s coins on behalf of Maj. Gen. Allan M. Pepin, commanding general, JTF-NCR/USAMDW.

“I really appreciated the moments where members of Congress spoke to the group and thanked us on the very important role USAMDW performs in support of the congressional branch there from ceremonies to memorial affairs,” said Scott Vincent, deputy director operations and event support, JTF-NCR/USAMDW Ceremonies and Outreach Directorate. “They took valuable time from their already busy schedules to accommodate us. I believe the group recognized this, which made the trip exceedingly more valuable.”

The visit to the Capitol was organized the JTF-NCR/USAMDW Ceremonies and Outreach Directorate as an opportunity for the staff to learn more about the history and traditions of the United States Capitol. The command routinely coordinates with Capitol staff to provide ceremonial and other support.

“I signed up for this LPD because I had never been to the Capitol,” said Prentice Colter, plans chief, JTF-NCR/USAMDW Public Affairs Office. “The opportunity provided me insider view of one of our nation’s landmarks and an operational perspective for future JTF-NCR missions at the Capitol.”

Professional development opportunities are offered monthly to the JTF-NCR/USAMDW staff. Previous opportunities have included the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Museum of the United States Army, and a Washington Nationals’ Executive Leadership Panel.

A joint command subordinate to U.S. Northern Command, JTF-NCR was established in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks to address threats to the National Capital Region and provide Department of Defense support to civil authorities. As the Army Forces Component to and core staff element of JTF-NCR, USAMDW provides executive, operational, ceremonial and musical support across a full spectrum of worldwide responsibilities in support of U.S. leaders.