Utah National Guard troops deployed to D.C. for inauguration

Utah National Guard troops deployed to D.C. for inauguration”

These troops are being sent to "protect lives, preserve property, protect critical infrastructure, and the right to peacefully assemble", a press release from the Guard stated, on Wednesday and possibly in the days leading up to the inauguration.

Olmstead wrote that troops nationwide will help the District of Columbia National Guard with crowd management, traffic control, communications, logistics, medical support and public affairs.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., delivers pizza to members of the Delaware National Guard in the Capitol Visitor Center. Governor Jim Justice approved that request this afternoon.

"By having one of the largest Guards in the nation, the Pennsylvania Guard has the trained resources needed to respond to concurrent missions within our commonwealth, across our nation and overseas", Wolf said. Gen. William "Bill" Crane, West Virginia Adjutant General. "Many of our Soldiers and Airmen are providing the same type of support that we do for any presidential inauguration or State of the Union address".

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"We are proud to support, and be part of, the long tradition of supporting this historical event for our country", said Maj. There are almost 4,000 Guard members that will remain in the islands to assist with any local disasters. Governors in some states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency and closed their capitols over concerns about potentially violent protests.

Military support to inaugurations by Guard members dates back 232 years to when General George Washington began his inaugural journey from Mount Vernon, Vermont to New York City.

Currently, all 7,000 Guard members in D.C. are staying at local hotels contracted by the city, a National Guard official told

As WVNG personnel are supporting the security effort in the nation's capital, almost 550 Soldiers and Airmen continue to support COVID-19 testing and assisting the West Virginia Joint Interagency Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccinations with planning for COVID-19 vaccine roll out in West Virginia.

More news: Province slightly easing restrictions January 18

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