Army National Guard Sgt. Mitchell Lee Watkins participated in the 56th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20 as part of the largest ever contingent of National Guard members to serve in Washington, D.C.
Watkins, a food service specialist, is a member of the 115th Military Police Company based in Salisbury, Md. The guardsman has served in the military for 26 years.
He is the son of Barbara Watkins of Seaford, Del. The sergeant graduated in 1978 from Seaford High School.
More than 7,000 Army and Air National Guard members from 31 states and territories provided the 2009 Presidential Inauguration with military working dogs, consequence management planning, and ceremonial, logistics, and medical support through the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee.
National Guard members also assisted local authorities with crowd management, traffic control, and emergency services operations.
The Armed Forces Inaugural Committee is established every four years by the Secretary of Defense as a joint service organization to coordinate military ceremonial participation and support inaugural events.