WASHINGTON (Nov. 26 2012) -- Participants of the 2013 Army Congressional Fellowship Program (ACFP) received a familiarization briefing by Egon F. Hawrylak, deputy commander of the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington about the command's vast roles and responsibilities within the NCR.

The 43-month program includes pursuit of a master's degree in Legislative Affairs at George Washington University, service on the staff of a member of Congress, and utilization on the Army or Joint Staff in a congressional related duty position.

ACFP educates selected Army officers, senior enlisted noncommissioned officers, and civilians on the importance of the strategic relationship between the Army and the Congress.

"The NCR is a very unique area; it's the center of gravity," said Hawrylak. "Based on our dual role and responsibilities, we like to say that this command represents the U.S. Army and U.S. Northern Command within the NCR and in the execution of some events (e.g., a State Funeral), the Nation to the world."

JFHQ-NCR plans, coordinates, maintains situational awareness, and as directed, partners in the employment of forces as a Joint Task Force to conduct homeland defense and civil support operations in the National Capital Region to mitigate regional challenges.

"In preparation for their assignments on Capitol Hill, the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison schedule a series of briefings to help familiarize the Fellows with various Army agencies," said Darrell E. Adams, JFHQ-NCR/MDW Congressional Liaison Officer. "This briefing will help familiarize them on the command's unique role in the NCR along with a basic understanding of its mission and priorities."

The ACFP fellows also received a brief on the Joint Task Force now in operation providing the DoD support to the 57th Presidential Inauguration by Air Force Col. Christopher A. Smith, JFHQ-NCR/MDW Joint Plans Division Chief. The brief explained the responsibility and the importance that the JFHQ-NCR/MDW brings to the NCR.