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122nd Fighter Wing personnel to work inauguration

January 17, 2017 GMT

Three members of the Air National Guard’s 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne have been assigned to the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

They are among 7,500 members of the National Guard from more than 40 states and territories – including about 150 from Indiana – who will be in Washington, D.C., for the swearing-in ceremonies Friday.

Most of the Indiana personnel will assist local police with crowd control and other security measures. The Indiana National Guard said its contingent includes more than 130 military police from the Terre Haute-based 81st Troop Command who will be stationed at Metrorail stations around the Capitol.

Two airmen from the Fort Wayne base will be documenting the entire mission. Master Sgt. Darin Hubble, public affairs superintendent at the base, will be the assignment editor for two dozen Guard photojournalists and videographers. His team will include Staff Sgt. Rana Franklin of the 122nd Fighter Wing; she will help with news releases, work on social media and escort news media.

Hubble said in a telephone interview that his team’s photos, video and reporting will be used in Guard publications and sent to the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, which provides information to the media.

He said a third member of the 122nd Fighter Wing, Lt. Col. Elizabeth Johnson, has been assigned to Joint Base Andrews in Washington in support of air readiness for the inauguration. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will depart from the base – and his eight-year presidency – after Trump takes the oath of office.

Hubble arrived Monday in Washington. The Ossian resident said he will be sleeping on a cot in a National Guard Armory this week.

“I brought all my uniforms” – including his dress uniform – “just in case they say, ‘Hey, we’ve got one inaugural ball ticket,’ ” Hubble said.

Many protest groups are expected to be among the 1 million or so spectators who attend the inauguration at the Capitol Building. There is speculation that demonstrators might try to disrupt the proceedings.

Hubble said the Guard is prepared to respond if needed.

“We’re hoping none of that happens,” he said. “As always, we stand ready to assist local government agencies to do our part if called.”

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