Capital Guardsmen lend support to district, federal agencies

DC National Guard
Story by Spc. Richard Trinh

Date: 07.05.2019
Posted: 07.05.2019 12:49
News ID: 330364
D.C. National Guard continues proud tradition of supporting Independence Day festivities

The District of Columbia National Guard supported local and federal agencies during the Independence Day celebration in Washington, D.C. July 4.
Thousands of visitors were able to enjoy the Independence Day celebration in a safe environment. According to Col. Renee Gore, joint task force commander, D.C. National Guard, a key contributor to creating a safe environment was interoperability.
“This is a continuation of a partnership that has been established for many years,” Gore said. “The planning started early on and is very inclusive of the D.C. National Guard. We aided local agencies with blocking, traffic control points, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) missions.”
The nearly 800 Guardsmen contributed to making sure the Nation’s Capital was safe during festivities.
While the mission was to support district and federal agencies, some Guardsmen like Pfc. Melaku Worku, 74th Troop Command, simply enjoyed serving on such a significant day.
“This is an amazing day to serve our country” Worku said. “It’s an honor as a District of Columbia National Guard member to provide assistance in our city to ensure so many can come out and see the parade, see the fireworks, and to enjoy the city.”