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ND National Guard increases support to inauguration

Submitted Photo Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company board a C-130 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing at the Bismarck Airport today. The soldiers are headed for Washington, D.C. in support of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
Submitted Photo Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company board a C-130 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing at the Bismarck Airport today. The soldiers are headed for Washington, D.C. in support of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)
Submitted Photo A C-130 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing waits at the Bismarck Airport as soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company board today. The soldiers are headed for Washington, D.C. in support of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

BISMARCK — The North Dakota National Guard adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann announced additional support to the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

Approximately 130 soldiers from the 816th Military Police Company will join 20 previously scheduled N.D. Guard members in support of the 59th presidential inauguration. The unit is headquartered in Dickinson, with a detachment in Bismarck.

Some soldiers departed this afternoon with the balance departing over the weekend via three Texas Air National Guard transport aircraft.

“We are responding to a request from the D.C. National Guard seeking assistance,” said Dohrmann. “I continue to be proud of our soldiers’ and airmen’s ability to quickly respond when asked to serve. This short-term mobilization will not affect our ability to support the COVID-19 fight or any potential security operations within our state if called upon.”

Nationwide, the National Guard provides a myriad of support capabilities that can be seamlessly integrated with interagency partners to enhance inauguration support. These capabilities include security, communications, medical evacuation, and logistics. This support is in keeping with the National Guard’s role in homeland security.

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