400 Mississippi Guardsmen return from mission in Washington D.C.

As of Monday morning, approximately 400 activated Mississippi National Guard service members have safely returned home from their mission in support of civil authorities in Washington D.C.

The MSNG’s mission as “Task Force Magnolia” was to provide military and strategic support to law enforcement ensuring a safe and secure environment in the District of Columbia.

“Mississippi is a fortunate state,” said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard.  “We have young men and women who are diversely qualified in their professions.  We are putting the right skillsets to assist with identified needs from COVID-19 testing, support to civil authorities during civil unrest and support to MEMA (Mississippi Emergency Management Agency) during natural disaster weather response. We are a trained and ready force and we are responding to missions in our communities, throughout our state and in missions overseas in the Middle East region,” said Boyles.

The MSNG was part of a larger contingent of approximately 5,000 national guard Soldiers activated from 11 states in support of civil authorities in the District of Columbia.

The MSNG says they are actively continuing to support the Governor’s COVID-19 Task Force and state agencies with testing site missions in response to COVID-19 throughout the state resulting in support to approximately 280 testing site locations.

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