RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia National Guard (VNG) continues to have approximately 1,000 personnel on the ground in Washington, D.C., as of Saturday, Jan. 9.
Additional personnel will join in the coming days to assist civilian law enforcement with security operations.
A total of approximately 2,000 VNG personnel will join a force of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from neighboring states expected to reach 6,200 by the end of the weekend.
The Soldiers and Airmen will aid in protecting property and providing a safe environment for citizens to exercise their right to peacefully assemble and protect.
The VNG personnel are scheduled to be on duty through the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20.
“Once again, our Soldiers and Airmen left their full-time jobs and loved ones to answer the call of duty to help keep their fellow citizens safe. I am incredibly proud of how quickly and safely our personnel responded, and they have effectively integrated into supporting the civilian law enforcement security plan. We owe a special thanks to our families and employers because we couldn’t conduct our mission without their support.”Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia
Gov. Ralph Northam authorized the VNG support after a request from the mayor of Washington, D.C. Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau officials asked multiple states to identify units to support law enforcement and the Washington, D.C. National Guard.
Along with Virginia, National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are providing support from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York.
VNG personnel began mustering Wednesday, Jan. 6, and the first groups of Soldiers and Airmen began supporting the security effort on Thursday, Jan. 7. Additional troops arrived on Friday, Jan. 8, and more will arrive through the weekend.
They will remain under the control of the Virginia Governor under Title 32, 502 (f) orders for up to 31 days.
Civilian law enforcement officers are responsible for the safety and security of all personnel, and the National Guard will provide assistance as requested.
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