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320th AEW ‘deploys’ Airmen for inaugural support

Posted 12/3/2008   Updated 12/3/2008 Email story   Print story


Release Number: 081008

12/3/2008 - AIR FORCE DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON -- For immediate release

With the 2009 presidential inauguration three months away, more than 85 Airmen have been deployed to the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, working with the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, or AFIC.
The 320th AEW, headquartered here, exercises administrative control of Airmen supporting a joint requirement within the National Capital Region and is led by the commander, Air Force District of Washington. Combined with members from the other military services, these 320th AEW Airmen will provide ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration Jan. 20. 

"This is an Air Expeditionary Force deployment for Airmen assigned to AFIC," said Maj. Gen. Ralph J. Jodice II, 320th AEW and AFDW commander. "They will receive credit for this deployment just as they would for a deployment overseas."
As AFIC manning peaks in the months ahead, the 320th AEW will have almost 200 Airmen on the ground in support of inaugural events, not including AFDW direct support personnel such as U.S. Air Force Honor Guardsmen and Bandsmen, military assistants, drivers and contingency support personnel. 

On Inauguration Day, AFIC will include more than 740 Airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. In addition, thousands of other service members will join the celebration by either marching in the parade or participating in an honor cordon along the two-mile parade route from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. 

"AFIC was established in the 1950s to serve as the Department of Defense liaison to the Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies," General Jodice explained in a recent commander's call. " It's a joint service committee charged with coordinating all military ceremonial participation in the inauguration, including musical units, marching bands, color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons. 

"The Armed Forces participation in the presidential inauguration is a centuries-old tradition," he said. "We use it to celebrate our democracy, honor our new commander-in-chief and recognize civilian control of the military."
To date, Airmen from the following installations are deployed to the 320th AEW supporting the inauguration:

Andrews AFB, Md.
Barksdale AFB, La.
Bolling AFB, D.C.
Charleston AFB, S.C.
Dover AFB, Del.
Edwards AFB, Calif.
Eglin AFB, Fla.
Ellsworth AFB, S.D.
Fairchild AFB, Wash.
F.E. Warren,Wyo.
Fort Meade, Md.
Hanscom AFB, Mass.
Hill AFB, Utah
Joe Foss Field, S.D.
Keesler AFB, Miss.
Lackland AFB, Texas
Langley AFB, Va.
Laughlin AFB, Texas
Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
MacDill AFB, Fla.
Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
Minot AFB, N.D.
Moody AFB, Ga.
Offutt AFB, Neb.
Pentagon, Va.
Randolph AFB, Texas
Shaw AFB, S.C.
Scott AFB, Ill.
Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio

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Air Force District of Washington is the single Air Force voice for planning and implementing Air Force and joint solutions within the National Capital Region. AFDW organizes, trains, equips and provides forces for Air and Space Expeditionary Force deployment, homeland operations and ceremonial support within the NCR and worldwide. As one of the U.S. Air Force's five direct reporting units, AFDW is also charged to serve Air Force elements worldwide and provides support for approximately 40,000 Air Force military and civilian members of 2,124 Air Force elements in more than 500 locations in 108 countries. AFDW is comprised of a headquarters staff, three wings and one group: The 11th Wing at Bolling AFB and the 79th Medical Wing and 316th Wing at Andrews AFB. Also under AFDW is the 844th Communications Group. For more information about AFDW, visit our Web site at

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