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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WZZM) - A West Michigan native will play an important role in Inauguration Day.

Lieutenant Colonel Brent Reiffer will be overseeing the 200 participants coming in for the inauguration, to make sure the ceremony runs smoothly.

Reiffer's military career started in Grand Rapids.

"It started out at the reserve center on Ann Street when I was 10 and 11 years old," says Reiffer. "Once I figured out that being a Marine was something I wanted to do, after graduating from East Kentwood in 1989 I headed off to boot camp and a couple days later, joined the reserves."

Reiffer went to flight school and eventually advanced to the Pentagon. He says the turnout for President Obama's second inauguration will likely be smaller, but there should still be a decent crowd, since the ceremony falls on Martin Luther King Junior Day, which is a holiday.