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The U.S. Air Force Band plays “The Air Force Song” during rehearsal for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, Jan. 10, 2013.  The USAF Band and Honor Guard held their rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md.,. Approximately 15,000 personnel from 133 units throughout the military will be participating in the parade on January 21, 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

The U.S. Air Force Band plays “The Air Force Song” during rehearsal for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, Jan. 10, 2013. The USAF Band and Honor Guard held their rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md.,. Approximately 15,000 personnel from 133 units throughout the military will be participating in the parade on January 21, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

The U.S. Air Force Band stands at parade rest during preparation for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade. The USAF Band and Honor Guard held rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 11, 2013.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

The U.S. Air Force Band stands at parade rest during preparation for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade. The USAF Band and Honor Guard held rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 11, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Edward Teleky, U.S. Air Force Band drum major, gives an interview on January 11, 2013 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Teleky’s interview was held at the end of dress rehearsal rehearsal for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Edward Teleky, U.S. Air Force Band drum major, gives an interview on January 11, 2013 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Teleky’s interview was held at the end of dress rehearsal rehearsal for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

Master Sgt. Patrick McDermott, U.S. Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass trumpeter, plays during rehearsals for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade. The USAF Band and Honor Guard held their rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md., January 11, 2013. Approximately 1,000 Airmen will support the inaugural events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

Master Sgt. Patrick McDermott, U.S. Air Force Band Ceremonial Brass trumpeter, plays during rehearsals for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade. The USAF Band and Honor Guard held their rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md., January 11, 2013. Approximately 1,000 Airmen will support the inaugural events. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nesha Humes)(Released)

The U.S. Air Force Band rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 10, 2013 The USAF Band and Honor Guard will join Honor Cordons and marching units comprised of active duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen from across the National Capital Region and Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

The U.S. Air Force Band rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 10, 2013 The USAF Band and Honor Guard will join Honor Cordons and marching units comprised of active duty, Reserve and Guard Airmen from across the National Capital Region and Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

1st Lt. Michael Lemorie, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, flight commander rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Joint Base Andrews, Md. More than 350 members of Joint Base Andrews will be representing the Air Force during the Inauguration. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

1st Lt. Michael Lemorie, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, flight commander rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Joint Base Andrews, Md. More than 350 members of Joint Base Andrews will be representing the Air Force during the Inauguration. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural on Jan. 11, 2013 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The Air Force will have more than 1,000 Airmen supporting inaugural events. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural on Jan. 11, 2013 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. The Air Force will have more than 1,000 Airmen supporting inaugural events. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

Col. Larry Lang, U.S. Air Force Band commander and conductor, leads the band in a musical selection during rehearsal for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 11, 2013. Approximately 15,000 military personnel from 133 units will be participating in the parade January 21, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

Col. Larry Lang, U.S. Air Force Band commander and conductor, leads the band in a musical selection during rehearsal for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 11, 2013. Approximately 15,000 military personnel from 133 units will be participating in the parade January 21, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea)

Maj. Gen. Sharon Dunbar, Air Force District of Washington Commander, speaks
at the Presidential Inauguration rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 11, 2013. Joint Base Andrews members will be playing a vital role during the Inauguration as part of representing the United States Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

Maj. Gen. Sharon Dunbar, Air Force District of Washington Commander, speaks at the Presidential Inauguration rehearsal at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 11, 2013. Joint Base Andrews members will be playing a vital role during the Inauguration as part of representing the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Erin O'Shea)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Synergy is abundant here as the 11th Wing and mission partners rehearse their roles in support of the 57th Presidential Inauguration slated for Jan. 21 in nearby Washington, D.C. Airmen from every unit here are slated to join members of their sister services in the Department of Defense rehearsal Jan. 13.

Members of the United States Air Force Band and Honor Guard rehearsed at Joint Base Andrews Jan. 10 and 11 as they perfected each note and step of their Inaugural Parade routine. These premier ceremonial units are no stranger to high-profile performances, and rehearsal is a daily task. Many members of the Band, for example, have participated in several inaugural events throughout their careers.

"This is my seventh time marching in the Presidential Inauguration," said Chief Master Sgt. Ed Teleky, the Band's drum major. "I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the world's biggest ceremony and it's an incredible honor represent the Air Force and all of the members of DOD to the world at this global event."

Tech. Sgt. Daniel Walley, the USAF Band's newest tubist, is excited as well. This will be his first opportunity to participate in a presidential inauguration.

"I'm excited and a little intimidated that I am able to be a part of something this important to the country and to history," Walley said. "I am really glad I get to see it all from the inside and not through a camera lens."

While the inaugural events may not have changed much during the years, the way in which the Air Force is supporting the event has.

"The Air Force is taking a different approach to this year's inauguration," Teleky said. "We always have the total force marching in the parade, but this is the first time we have all trained together."

These active-duty Airmen, guardsmen and reservists are all different pieces of the same puzzle. Some will march with the USAF Band and Honor Guard in the parade while others will serve in the honor cordon and salute the commander-in-chief while en route to take the oath of office at the Capitol Building. Many more, however, will play pivotal supporting roles as they work the logistics behind the scenes.

"It's a great honor to be able to represent the total force to our nation," said Col. Bill Knight, 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander. "Active duty, guard and reserve Airmen will flawlessly represent our United States Air Force in this inauguration, showcasing the precision and excellence instilled in every Airman."