Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Oregon Guardsmen take part in historic Presidential inauguration: A pictorial essay

Last week, the Oregon National Guard sent a team of six Guardsmen--two Airmen and four Soldiers--to assist with the 56th Presidential inauguration.

In addition to assisting Guardsmen from across the country with security and medical and logistical support, the team from Oregon shot hundreds of photos and hours of videotape. Here is a brief preview of their work.

All photos posted here taken by Sgt. Eric A. Rutherford, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. John Hughel autographs a flag stick for a passerby at the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C., Jan. 20. Hughel, a public affairs specialist with the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore., was part of a six-member team from the Oregon National Guard, which traveled to the Nation’s Capitol to support the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

U.S. Army Sgt. Brandon Marshall leans to talk to a young spectator who was injured in a large crowd at a barricade in the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C., Jan. 20. Marshall, an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland National Guard, helped the spectator over the barricade and took him to seek medical attention during the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Mike Odle gives Nathan a piggyback ride to a Red Cross tent at the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C., Jan. 20. The 11 year-old boy from Ohio approached Odle, who is the Public Affairs Officer for 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Ore., after he became separated from his class, which was attending the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

More than a million people crowd the Capitol Mall in Washington D.C. as they wait for the arrival of President-elect Barack Obama before his swearing in ceremony during the 56th Presidential Inauguration, Jan. 20.

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