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    Washington National Guard provides additional security to State Capitol following unrest

    Washington National Guard provides additional security to State Capitol following unrest

    Photo By Sgt. Jonathan Tietje | Soldiers of the Washington Army National Guard provide security at the State Capitol...... read more read more

    OLYMPIA, WA, UNITED STATES

    01.13.2021

    Story by Joseph Siemandel  

    Joint Forces Headquarters, Washington National Guard

    Following a violent riot at the U.S. Capitol and the protests in Olympia, more than 600 Washington National Guard members have been activated to support officers with the Washington State Patrol to provide an additional level of protection at the state capitol.

    “The National Guard’s role will be to support the Washington State Patrol in their mission to protect Washingtonians, legislators, their staff and the buildings of the Washington State West Capitol Campus,” said Gov. Jay Inslee in a release.

    Soldiers from the 96th Troop Command and 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team in-processed on Saturday and deployed to Olympia Sunday. Guard members stood side by side with WSP troopers on Monday as legislative members and staffers arrived.

    “Our Military Police Detachment is trained specifically for this since being activated in June,” said 1st Lt. Brooke McNicholas, Operations Officer for the 506th Military Police Detachment. “So we definitely had enough time to prepare and deploy for this mission.”

    Following the activations in June to support civil unrest across the state the Washington National Guard trained nearly 1,500 Guardsmen on Military Assistance to Civil Disturbance operations.

    “I received training in June following the civil unrest and in November as a refresher, so I felt that I was prepared to support if called,” said Spc. Rachel Dewaard, Intelligence Analyst with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st squadron, 303 Cavalry Regiment. “Just knowing what the equipment was and how to use the equipment was beneficial.”

    Guardsmen will continue to support the Washington State Patrol until mission completion.

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    Date Taken: 01.13.2021
    Date Posted: 01.13.2021 17:39
    Story ID: 386876
    Location: OLYMPIA, WA, US 

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