Approx. 1,000 Va. Nat’l Guard personnel to remain at Capitol

Approx. 1,000 Va. Nat’l Guard personnel to remain at Capitol
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group stand guard Jan 20, 2021, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. At least 25,000 National Guard men and women have been authorized to conduct security, communication and logistical missions in support of federal and District authorities leading up and through the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (Source: Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Approximately 1,000 Virginia National Guard personnel will remain in Washington D.C. with 7,000 soldiers from other states, the adjutant general of Virginia announced on Saturday.

The VNG arrived in D.C. after the Capitol was breached by rioters on Jan. 6. The personnel, along with an additional 1,000 soldiers, remained in the city to assist authorities with the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

“...They will remain on duty until those agencies no longer require our direct support,” said Timothy Williams, adjutant general of Virginia. “We expect our troops to conduct security-related missions to include crowd control, traffic control and assisting with entry and exit points.”

Soldiers who are not remaining on duty have started the process of ending their orders and returning home.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam authorized the VNG support after a request from the mayor of Washington and multiple federal officials. According to a VNG release, a majority of the personnel assisted in security, and others provided communications, medical, chaplain, logistics and public information support. Similar efforts were simultaneously underway in Virginia.

“We are incredibly proud of the professionalism and dedicated service they have demonstrated throughout this mission, and they will continue to play an important role in helping keep their fellow citizens safe,” Williams said.

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