Army National Guard 2nd Lt. Harry R. Wille 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.
His wife, Ginger, is the daughter of Glenn E. and Regina Bemis of Old Mill Way, Ocean View, Del.
Wille, an assistant operations officer, is a member of the 115th Military Police Battalion based in Salisbury, Md. The guardsman has served in the military for 11 years.
He is the son of Suzanne J. Wille of Bayside Drive, and brother of Charles J. Wille of Tower Bridge Road, both of Pasadena, Md.
The first lieutenant graduated in 1997 from Chesapeake High School, Pasadena, and is pursuing a bachelor's degree at Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y.
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.