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sm190107-Z-ON199-1060The Wisconsin National Guard joint color guard present the U.S. and Wisconsin flag during the Jan. 7 inauguration ceremony at the state capitol. The Wisconsin National Guard maintained a long-standing tradition of supporting the inauguration ceremony by providing administrative support and seating VIPs, providing a joint color guard and the 132nd Army Band. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers

MADISON, Wis. — It is a long, if not well-known, Wisconsin tradition that the adjutant general assists the governor’s inauguration ceremony.

sm190107-Z-IM617-1074The Wisconsin National Guard joint color guard present the U.S. and Wisconsin flag during the Jan. 7 inauguration ceremony at the state capitol. The Wisconsin National Guard maintained a long-standing tradition of supporting the inauguration ceremony by providing administrative support and seating VIPs, providing a joint color guard and the 132nd Army Band. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Ard

Which explains why the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 132nd Army Band — resplendent with polished instruments and wearing dress uniforms — was among the performers at the state capitol Monday, Jan. 7 as Tony Evers was sworn in as Wisconsin’s newest governor. In fact, the Wisconsin National Guard has provided a band for every Wisconsin inauguration ceremony.

sm190107-Z-ON199-1019Chief Warrant Officer 4 Brad Anderson conducts the 132nd Army Band during the Jan. 7 gubernatorial ceremony at the state capitol. The Wisconsin National Guard maintained a long-standing tradition of supporting the governor’s inauguration ceremony by providing administrative support and seating VIPs, providing a joint color guard and the 132nd Army Band. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers

That tradition also explains the Wisconsin National Guard joint color guard, ceremoniously displaying the U.S. and state flags for the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance.

sm190107-Z-ON199-1038Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general, and the Wisconsin National Guard joint color guard prepare for the Jan. 7 inauguration ceremony at the state capitol to begin. The Wisconsin National Guard maintained a long-standing tradition of supporting the inauguration ceremony by providing administrative support and seating VIPs, providing a joint color guard and the 132nd Army Band. Wisconsin National Guard photo by Sgt. Katie Eggers

The adjutant general is a state office appointed by the governor, and Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar — Wisconsin’s adjutant general since 2007 — advises the governor on matters concerning the Wisconsin National Guard as well as homeland security.

sm190107-O-QS269-1154Members of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 132nd Army Band perform a trumpet fanfare during the Jan. 7 governor’s inauguration ceremony at the state capitol. The Wisconsin National Guard maintained a long-standing tradition of supporting the inauguration ceremony by providing administrative support and seating VIPs, providing a joint color guard and the 132nd Army Band. Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs photo by Vaughn R. Larson

“This inauguration reflects one of the bedrock principles about America — the peaceful transition of power,” Dunbar said. “The individual elected to the governor’s office changes periodically, but the Wisconsin National Guard’s obligation to our chosen governor — and the state of Wisconsin — as the state’s first military responder endures.”

Other members of the adjutant general’s staff — mostly service members, with some state employees — closely coordinated with Evers’ transition staff on ceremony planning and execution, and coordinated the color guard and 132nd Army Band appearance at the inauguration ceremony. This support not only reflects the professionalism of the Wisconsin National Guard, but emphasizes the citizen aspect of the Citizen Soldier.