You identified only four of the five people who appeared in the photograph on the Jan. 14 front page and were rehearsing on the steps of the Capitol for the presidential inauguration [“Big shoes to fill at practice inauguration”]. Left unmentioned was the man in the middle of the photo: U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington.

In addition to serving as the commanding general of Joint Force Headquarters’ National Capital Region, one of the most challenging two-star commands in the military, and concurrently as commander of the U.S. Army’s Military District of Washington, Linnington has served our nation as an Army officer for nearly 33 years on active duty. He has completed three combat tours: one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan. During his tour commanding the 3rd Brigade of the historic 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), he was actually deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Linnington’s current command is also playing a huge role in what will undoubtedly be a successful presidential inauguration, in large part due to his leadership and attention to detail.

In line with the old military adage, there is simply “no excuse” for this oversight. Those men and women in uniform who defend our freedoms should never be ignored. A newspaper of The Post’s caliber should do better.

Michael S. Galloucis,

Silver Spring