Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Making the Grand March

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Making the Grand March

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WASHINGTON - The crowd cheered as the Military Intelligence Readiness Command (MIRC) marched a magnificent mile and a half in the Inauguration Parade commemorating the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States. Beneath the cheers Soldiers could hear bellowed phrases of "We love you!" and "thank you for supporting us." A few Soldiers responded with brief smiles and slight nods. This was a day that they would remember, a story that they would tell to their grandchildren and great grandchildren time and time again.What began as a simple e-mail message tasking the command to support inauguration day activities in the national capítol region, ended as a paragraph in history.

The president motioned to Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., Army chief of staff, as if to inquire about the mysterious group when almost simultaneously, the master of ceremonies announced in a commanding voice, "The Military Intelligence Readiness Command, an Army Reserve command headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va. The introduction was brief but, the moment would last a lifetime.

Capt. Geralyn Bennett, MIRC operations officer and leader of the grand march, describes her thoughts when asked to lead the formation in the inaugural parade.

"My first reaction was wow! Me? I volunteered to be in the parade. I didn' ask to be the commander. So when asked, I said that it would be an honor, didn't think that it was a big deal until I called my Mom and she put me on speakerphone. She gathered the entire family and said, "Now say that again. …

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