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    D.C National Guard concludes five-month-long security mission at U.S. Capitol

    Acting U.S. Capitol Police chief and National Guard members gather at the Capitol on final day of security mission

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Andrew Enriquez | Yogananda D. Pittman, acting police chief, U.S. Capitol Police Department, and U.S....... read more read more



    Story by 2nd Lt. Deborah Ou-Yang 

    DC National Guard

    WASHINGTON – Having successfully augmented security in and around the U.S. Capitol following the events of Jan. 6, the National Guard concluded its Capitol security mission on May 23.

    “We can’t say thank you enough to the thousands of Soldiers and Airmen from across this great country who answered the call to duty when it went out,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Robert K. Ryan, commander of the Joint Task Force – District of Columbia. “We could not have successfully executed this mission without them and their sense of selfless service. Likewise, we must thank their families and their employers for allowing them to take on this critical mission.”

    The National Guard came to Washington, D.C., at the request of local and federal civilian law enforcement agencies, to provide security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics and safety support.

    More than 26,000 soldiers and airmen from all 50 states, 3 territories and the District of Columbia supported the security mission at its peak. After the inauguration, the Guard drew down its force to approximately 5,000 who remained at the Capitol to support the U.S. Capitol Police. As the threats further abated, numbers were reduced to 2,200 at the end of March through the end of the mission.

    During the past five months, the D.C. National Guard supported soldiers and airmen from out of town in addition to carrying out the mission, administering more than 6,200 COVID-19 vaccines and distributing over 1.3 million meals.

    The Guard proudly partnered with the U.S. Capitol Police, the U.S. Park Police, the U.S. Secret Service and the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department to accomplish this unique and historic mission.

    “The National Guard would like to thank our Washington, D.C., community for welcoming our Soldiers and Airmen as they performed this critical duty,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Sherrie L. McCandless, interim commanding general of the D.C. National Guard. “Support to civilian authorities is a traditional role of the National Guard, and the Guard has taken great pride in answering their call to duty.”



    Date Taken: 05.26.2021
    Date Posted: 05.27.2021 11:53
    Story ID: 397572
    Location: WASHINGTON, DC, US 

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