Fort Riley's Mounted Color Guard Impressed with Inaugural Experience

By: 13 News
By: 13 News
The Commanding General

Members of the Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard, 1st Inf. Div., pass the reviewing stand in during the Presidential Inaugural parade on Jan. 20, 2009.

The inauguration of President Barack Obama will hold special meaning for 14 members of the Big Red One.

The Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard from Fort Riley took part in Tuesday's inaugural parade. It was the only mounted Army unit marching in the two and a half hour event.

It was a first-time experience for the soldiers, but three of the horses - Troops, Cyclone and Chicote - actually had marched at previous inaugurations.

“These horses do all the work, really, and we just hang on,” Staff Sgt. Randy Hubbard, the CGMCG’s platoon sergeant, said in a statement.

It was a long day for the unit. Most were up by 3 am to head to the stables to feed and saddle the horses before loading them up for a police escort into the city.

Hubbard said the soldiers and animals all performed well.

“There are a lot more crowds, a lot more tight, confined spaces here than we usually run into,” he said.

“I never thought ever, that I’d get to come to an inauguration and be a part of it,” rider Sgt. James Reimers said.

The unit prepared for the parade with several practices in Topeka, Wichita and Junction City.

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