RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — Of the more than 7,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from dozens of states across the country who are remaining in Washington, D.C., approximately 1,000 of those are from Virginia.
“Virginia National Guard personnel are remaining on duty following the presidential inauguration at the request of local and federal authorities, and they will remain on duty until those agencies no longer require our direct support. We expect our troops to conduct security-related missions to include crowd control, traffic control and assisting with entry and exit points. 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.”Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia
As of Jan. 20, the Virginia National Guard had approximately 2,400 personnel on the ground, assisting civilian law enforcement in protecting property and keeping people safe at the inauguration.
The personnel not remaining on duty have begun the process to end their duty orders and return home over the coming days.
An exact schedule of their return has not yet been finalized.
Gov. Ralph Northam authorized the initial Virginia National Guard support after the events on Jan. 6 and a request from Washington, D.C.’s mayor, the Department of Defense and the National Guard Bureau asked multiple states to identify units able to support law enforcement and the D.C. National Guard.
The majority of Virginia National Guard personnel provided security assistance, but additional personnel are provided communications, medical, chaplain, logistics and public information support to their fellow troops and to district and federal agencies.