Oklahoma National Guard to send around 400 troops ahead of inauguration

Oklahoma National Guard to send around 400 troops ahead of inauguration
The Oklahoma Air National Guard base in Tulsa (Staff)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The Oklahoma National Guard announced that they will send about 400 troops to the nation’s Capitol to support the 59th presidential inauguration.

The Oklahoma Guardsmen will be joining National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 43 states to assist law enforcement with crowd management, traffic control in and around the Capitol, National Mall, and White House, as well as communications, logistical and medical support, officials said.

“When people see the National Guard, they know we are there to help,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma. “The men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard who will be supporting the inauguration are the same Guardsmen who have been there time and time again for Oklahoma communities.”

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Oklahoma National Guard members are expected to leave the state later this week and be on-station in Washington, D.C., for seven to 10 days.

The inauguration is set to take place on Jan. 20.