Almost 50 Oregon National Guard service members will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration, January 18-22, in Washington, D.C. The Oregon Guardsmen will augment the District of Columbia National Guard as part of Joint Task Force - District of Columbia (JTF - DC), supporting events such as the opening ceremony, swearing-in ceremony, inaugural speech and parade, as well as follow-on events.
The group is comprised of soldiers from Canton's 112th Military Police Battalion, Brandon's 113th Military Police Company and Clinton's 114th Military Police Company and airmen from Flowood's 172nd Airlift Wing and Meridian's 186th Air Refueling Wing.
This is the fourth time members of the Dayton Police Department have assisted with security at a Presidential inauguration. Jaime Wolhar, Task Force Delaware officer in charge.
"It's a great responsibility to be here working with all of the civilian agencies involved", said Walker. These public affairs specialists will capture photos and video of the Guard's participation, and assist with coordinating news conferences and interviews with Guardsmen.
National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will provide a myriad of support to civil authorities during the inauguration, including security operations around the Capitol, National Mall and White House, in addition to transportation, communications, medical and logistical support, among other duties at the request of civil authorities.
"I hope during this 58th Presidential Inauguration I can serve the fine citizens of Oklahoma and our nation to the highest standards of being an Army National Guard Soldier".
The National Guard contingent includes 30 members from Iowa and 10 from Nebraska.
While members of the Kentucky Guard have participated have supported past inaugurations, it has been several years since the commonwealth sent such a large number.