The U.S. Army Military District of Washington’s Twilight Tattoo was hosted by the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John M. McHugh, Chief of Staff of the Army, General Martin E. Dempsey and Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler III held at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, June 15, 2011.

During the performance, the Strength of the Nation award was presented to Dr. David A. Hovda, for his contributions to the care of Wounded Warriors by introducing the Army to research for systematic recovery from Brain Trauma. Hovda was the key figure in the establishment of the national Intrepid Center of Excellence at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His efforts established the interdependence of Neuroscience and Psychiatry in the treatment of these combined illnesses to give Wounded Warriors the best care available.

The Twilight Tattoo is an hour-long military pageant featuring Soldiers from The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and is produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Audiences experience a glimpse into American history through performances by The U.S. Army Blues, vocalists from The U.S. Army Band Downrange, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and The U.S. Army Drill Team.

There are still two more Twilight Tattoo performances scheduled in the region this year, and those shows will be at Fort McHenry near Baltimore, Maryland on June 18 and at Fort Detrick, near Frederick, Maryland June 25.

For more information on group reservations, contact the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at (202) 685-2888 or visit