Military officials on Wednesday spilled some details of the elaborate plans for President Obama's second inauguration, using a gym-sized map to show how thousands of active duty troops and National Guard members will support the event's pomp and nitty-gritty.
Strolling over the 40 by 60-foot floor map with what he quipped were "God-like powers," Senior Sgt. Scott Hinds demonstrated the paths that units would take from various staging areas and command posts to the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route and dispersal area.
Punctuating the map were dollhouse-like models of the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials and an ankle-high Washington Monument.
Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington said military officials will walk the map to rehearse plans at least a dozen more times in the next 40 days leading up to the 57th presidential inauguration and parade on Jan. 21.
Linnington, who commands the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, said more than 13,000 military personnel including active-duty, National Guard, and the Coast Guard will participate, in roles such as directing traffic, controlling crowds, and marching in the parade.