The service of every District of Columbia National Guard Soldier and Airman is of great value, yet some in our ranks have led the way for others to serve. The D.C. National Guard has a proud tradition of breaking barriers, setting new precedents and developing individuals who have served in the finest traditions of the National Guard and Department of Defense. Francis Scott Key, who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner, our National Anthem, is undoubtedly one of the most famous members of the D.C. National Guard. Men like West Hamilton, Cunningham C. Bryan, Benjamin O. Davis, and Russel C. Davis broke barriers of perception, while Milly Millikan broke physical barriers. These Guardsmen exemplify the D.C. National Guard tradition of excellence.