How this Marine captain obtained chosen to escort Girl Gaga throughout the presidential inauguration
Marine Capt. Evan Campbell has drills in his blood.
Growing up, he saw his father command the Marine Corps’ silent drill. After commissioning Campbell himself, he seized the first opportunity to go to the historic Marine Barracks Washington and join the famous unit.
However, it was not the historic event of father and son who both led the silent drill that made Campbell famous, it was just a few short steps down a flight of stairs.
On January 20, Campbell accompanied the world-famous singer, songwriter and actress Lady Gaga to the podium, where she sang the national anthem during the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
The original plan was to get Lady Gaga on the podium herself, but when the inauguration organizers found out the size of the dress the award-winning artist was going to wear, a last-minute audible signal was given on Wednesday, Campbell told the Marine Corps Times.
“There was some concern with Lady Gagas, obviously a very beautiful but very large dress, that she might have difficulty getting down the stairs,” said Campbell.
The Marine was chosen to put her on the podium because he was the greatest of the available service members who worked in the prestigious guest area and was seen as the person best able to get around in her dress.
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“We laughed,” said the Marine just before he left.
“She looked at me and she’s like a fair warning … we have an equal chance of tripping over it.”
Campbell said while he obviously knew who Lady Gaga was before he was hired to take her to the podium, her music wasn’t exactly his type.
While “Alejandro” may not create any of Campbell’s playlists, after watching Lady Gaga interact with everyone backstage, he said “definitely a fan of her as a person”.
“I was really impressed with how real she was when we were inside,” said Campbell, noting that she thanked every member of the Capitol Police they saw as he walked her to the podium.
Campbell said he was shocked at how nervous Lady Gaga should be, despite the numerous concert tours and shows she has appeared on in the past.
“She told us inside that this was maybe the biggest day of her life and that she really wanted to sing for all Americans,” said Campbell.
“As a person who was amazing to hear, but also a service member, the way she prepared to sing the national anthem obviously struck me deeply as someone who swore an oath to his country defend, “he added.
The Navy finally gave Lady Gaga a few words of encouragement, and at the singer’s request, the two prayed together before going out.
The 30-year-old Marine was commissioned in 2013 and has stationed once in Iraq and once in Syria, according to his military records as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, but his battle stories may not do justice to his short time with the singer.
After the song, his phone was flooded with messages from every app he had, asking if it was really him helping Lady Gaga up and down the stairs.
Because of his mask, none of his friends could be sure that he was accompanying Lady Gaga to the podium, but almost everyone he knew asked him about it, he said.
The mask served a second purpose, Campbell said, and was a great recruiting moment for the Marine Corps.
“Nobody really cares that it is Captain Evan Campbell accompanying Lady Gaga. I am more proud of the fact that everyone is bound to Lady Gaga accompanied by United States Marine while the United States Marine Band is performing.” , he said.
Although the story of escorting Lady Gaga might be a story the Navy would tell for the rest of his life, he said it was inconsistent with his duties related to attending Marine Corps funerals at Arlington National Cemetery .
It was an absolute privilege to go with Lady Gaga, “said Campbell.” But I’m more afraid of not going into family justice who has just lost her service member. “
“I’ve had the privilege of being the escort commander at five corporate-quality funerals. I’ve attended numerous others that I find probably a lot more emotional,” he added.