"The Hawai'i National Guard received a request to provide Guardsmen in support of the January 20, 2021, Presidential Inauguration just yesterday and soldiers are reporting today,"Maj".
More than 100 Wyoming National Guard Soldiers and airmen have volunteered to support crowd control, communications and logistics during the 59th Presidential Inauguration for President-elect Joe Biden in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The governor's office had announced 250 soldiers were going to D.C. on Thursday.
The park service will still allow inauguration activities and permitted free-speech events on the National Mall despite the closure, it said.
Members of the 35th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package - which consists of 208 service members - assist with outcome management. "We are proud to support our partners and serve our fellow Americans once again", said Maj. National Guard members will be postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities up to and including the wear of protective equipment and being armed, if necessary. "The Hawai'i National Guard continues to impress me with their ability to respond to the most hard challenges".
The 35th CERFP consists of 208 service members from both the Army and Air that are prepared to assist local, state, and federal agencies in outcome management.
The National Guardsmen providing security in the U.S. Capitol ahead of the inauguration are soon getting cots, after images went viral last week of troops sleeping on the floor in the halls of Congress, according to four people familiar with the decision. The National Guard and other military units have continued this tradition of inaugural support ever since.
The Army is coordinating the effort with FEMA, the Department of Homeland Security and the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region, said a Guardsman familiar with the planning.