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Reading native represents US Air Force in inaugural parade

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:27:32 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2013 04:05:32 PM CST
US Air Force Honor Guard

U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON -

The inaugural parade in Washington didn't go on without some local representation.

Airman 1st Class Christopher Revell, a Reading native, represented the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in the parade.

"I am truly grateful and honored to be a part of the parade flight during the presidential inauguration," said Revell. "It’s a special mission that I have been looking forward to participating in since becoming a member of the honor guard."

While marching in inaugural parades is one of the honor guard's traditional duties, its 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.

"The honor guard is a very special unit where the airmen pride themselves on being the best at what they do, representing the Air Force the proper way every time. I could not ask for a better unit to serve in," said Revell.

The parade stepped off from 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue following the president's swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol. The 1.5 mile route took the 80-person honor guard, together with the 99-piece U.S. Air Force Band, along Pennsylvania Avenue and past President Obama's reviewing stand in front of the White House.