Below is the opening statement from Army General Daniel R. Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau:
"Right now, we have approximately 6,200 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 6 states and the District of Columbia on the ground in the NCR supporting civilian authorities.
We have received support requests from the Secret Service, Capitol Police, and Park Police, and have been authorized to provide up to 15,000 Guard members to meet current and future inauguration support requirements.
To date, our troops have been requested to support security, logistics, liaison, and communication missions.
In case you are not already aware, the National Guard has a long and proud history of inauguration support and the forefathers of today's National Guard were present for the Inauguration of George Washington, and we have been part of every inauguration since.
As always, our first priority is to protect people and property. The National Guard looks forward to working with our district and federal partners to ensure a peaceful inauguration for President Elect Biden on January 20th."
If you have any further questions, please contact National Guard Bureau Media Operations at (703) 601-6767 or email email@example.com.