Quantico Marines in their dress blues will once again add to the ceremony of the Presidential Inauguration beginning next week.
“The inauguration is prescribed by the Constitution. This is a great opportunity for our Marines to participate in this historic event and witness firsthand our Constitution being exercised,” said Maj. Fred Glencamp, head of G3 Current Operations at Quantico.
The 57th Presidential Inauguration will be held from Jan. 15-24, with the Swearing-In Ceremony and Inauguration Parade to take place on Jan. 21.
And during this national celebration, Quantico Marines will be seen throughout.
They will participate in numerous events at several locations including pre- and post-inaugural balls and galas, the Inaugural Parade and street cordon, the official swearing-in ceremony and the National Prayer Service.
The Quantico Marines were tasked with these duties in support of the Marine Corps National Capital Region Command.
About 355 Marines from Quantico will represent the corps along with members of all branches of the armed forces in lining the streets of Washington during the parade.
“The Marines are excited about the opportunity to participate,” Glencamp said. “Many volunteered to be a part of the inauguration in some capacity.”
The process of selecting Marines to participate in the inauguration is lengthy and arduous, Glencamp said.
“The Marines must be screened by their immediate supervisors who are looking for Marines who demonstrate the highest qualities of honor, professionalism, and military bearing,” he said. Once selected, the Marines then had to go through the Secret Services’ credentialing process.
Participating in a historic event, especially on Inauguration Day, does come with a price. The day will be a particularly long one for the Marines, beginning at 3 a.m. The last Marines are not expected to be back to Quantico until around 10 p.m.
The Quantico Marine Corps base has a lead role in the planning and coordination of all tasks assigned to the Marine Corps from the Commander Joint Task Force-National Capitol Region for the inauguration.
This has involved frequent planning meetings with key staff members to coordinate personnel, resources, and concepts of operations.
“For the Marines, careful planning and coordination is essential to good command and control of the many moving parts required to make the inauguration a highly successful event,” Glencamp said.