Iowa National Guardsmen Going to Presidential Inauguration

Posted at: 12/13/2012 10:50 AM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 11:09 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Some of our Iowa soldiers are getting the experience of a lifetime... an  invitation to the inauguration of their Commander in Chief.  
     "A little surprised.. " says Sgt. Daniel Fehr.
Surprised to say the least. Sergeant Daniel Fehr couldn't believe it when his unit, the 11-33rd, got the invitation.

     "We got a tasking. It's called an out border, from headquarters Iowa that said, you've been picked," he explains.  

Picked to not only go, but work at this... the inauguration of President Obama.

     "The president is also our Commander in Chief. He's ultimately in charge of all the service. It's only done every 4 years."

When he told others in the 11-33rd, they were just as shocked.

     "Most of them were really surprised a few of them when we first called them though we were joking with them."

More than 100 soldiers from the unit will be going to the inauguration next month. An opportunity, that doesn't happen for many.

     "15 states that are National Guard that are helping support this."
And only certain units from those states, a couple dozen soldiers in the 11-33rd, are in northern Iowa.

     "We're going to represent the whole state of Iowa and the National Guard, and Mason City, so I think it's a really big honor." says Sgt. Fehr.  

They still aren't sure exactly what they'll be doing at the inauguration, but they will be training in Iowa and in Washington D.C., for the event well beforehand.