WASHINGTON, DC - More than 600 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are among the 6,000 National Guard personnel from 25 states and territories helping out during the 57th Presidential Inauguration events in Washington, D. C. and Northern Virginia.
About 140 Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company and 130 Soldiers from the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company are supporting U. S. Secret Service and Washington, D. C. police with security and traffic control in the vicinity of the inauguration parade route.
Soldiers from the Staunton-based Detachment 1 of the 266th MP Company, Fredericksburg-based Headquarters Company, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion and Airmen from the 192nd Security Forces Squadron from Langley Air Force Base will also assist with operations in Washington, D. C.
Virginia National Guard Director of Operations Col. James Ring says,'The 57th Presidential Inauguration presents a good opportunity for utilization of National Guard forces in support of local, state and federal domestic operations.'
About 90 Soldiers from the Leesburg-based Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will assist Virginia State Police and Arlington Police with security operations and crowd management in the Northern Virginia area.
8 Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Sandston will provide communications capability with the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability. The JISCC assists with mission command communications by providing high-bandwidth communications, satellite IP connectivity and radio-frequency network interoperability.