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Local airman part of 57th Inaugural Parade
When the 2013 Inaugural Parade for President Barak Obama gets underway, a Port Orchard airman will be part of the ceremonial guardsmen scheduled to participate.
Airman 1st Class Michael New, the son of Steven and Brenda New, is part of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard flight that will march along the 1.5-mile route from Fourth Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, then past the White House on Monday, Jan. 21.
New is excited about being part of the presidential ceremony.
“Marching in the inaugural parade is going to be one of the highlights of my military career,” New said. “Being part of the parade gives me the opportunity, as an airman, to showcase the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard to the American public.”
He said he was especially grateful to show those who may not know much about the Air Force what a group of individuals can accomplish with a lot of hard work and dedication.
“Every airman in the Air Force has a different role or mission, this is mine for Jan. 21, 2013,” he said.
New’s mother, Brenda, said her son has been busy practicing for the parade and television crews visited the base on Jan. 11 to film and interview members of the Honor Guard stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
“We’re excited about him being in the parade,” Brenda said. “He is very much enjoying it.”
Family, friends and classmates may get a glimpse of New during the televised parade. The 6-foot-3 airman will be among 81 Honor Guard members marching in a nine-by-nine person formation.
“He shouldn’t be hard to find,” said his mother.
Corey Millard, New’s advisor at Discovery Alternative High School, is proud of his former student.
“He changed a lot while he was attending school here,” Millard said. “Kids will surprise you. When he left, he bloomed and I’m really happy for him and the choice he made to join the Air Force.”
New, who graduated from Discovery in 2011, completed his basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, in August. After basic training, he was assigned to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling
The Honor Guard’s primary mission is to render military honors to members of the Air Force, past and present, and their families during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition to this distinguished duty, the group also conducts military ceremonies at the White House, Pentagon and national memorials representing the Air Force in presidential, joint service, Air Force and public ceremonies.
The Honor Guard’s history dates back to May 1948 when it was originally activated within Bolling Field’s 1100th Security Squadron. It remained primarily a function of that squadron until Jan. 1, 1972, when it became a separate unit.