Kentucky History Corner Update January 23rd, 2013 – Kentucky National Guard Plays Important Role in 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations
Brig. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Assistant Adjutant General for training, presents the Superior Unit Award to Capt. Stephen Martin, commander of Bravo Co., 2nd battalion, 147th aviation regiment at the Boone National Guard Center, Hanger 2 in Frankfort, Ky. Dec. 1, 2012. (photo by Spc. Tom Harrington, Unit Public Affairs Historian Representative)
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Having National Guard assets provide support for the presidential inauguration dates back more than 200 years.
In 1801, a militia company in Charlottesville, Va., escorted Thomas Jefferson to Washington before his inauguration ceremony and during William Howard Taft’s inauguration in 1909, the 7th New York Militia missed the parade because of bad weather. They refused to leave Washington until they paraded before Taft. Taft, therefore, had two inaugural parades, courtesy of the National Guard.
In support of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama, the Kentucky Guard sent several units to the greater D.C. area. One of those units was an Army Guard aviation unit of 21 Soldiers with five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.Bravo Co., 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment was part of a reserve force that was to provide quick insertion of troops in to the Washington Mall area in case the need arose for extra crowd control.
For their distinguished service in providing support to the inauguration, Bravo Company received the Superior Unit Award.
Brig. Gen. Stephen Hogan, Assistant Adjutant General for training, presented the award to Capt. Stephen Martin, commander of Bravo Co., in front of the unit at a ceremony in Hangar 2 on Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 1, 2012.
Hogan said of the prestigious recognition, “this is yet another example where the Kentucky Guard stands out among its peers, especially our Army Aviation units.”
The Kentucky Guard has both army and air assets mobilized in support of this year’s inauguration as well providing communications support and food service support.
STORY COURTESY OF KYNG