Mississippi National Guard deployed to D.C. for inauguration
The Mississippi National Guard is sending troops to Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration.
A National Guard press release says that troops will work to keep the event a “safe and secure environment” to allow for a “peaceful transition of authority.”
The Mississippi National Guard is part of a broad contingent of National Guard soldiers from various states that will attend the ceremony.
Major General Janson D. Boyles says those being deployed returned from a year-long deployment in Kuwait this fall and are ready to face any situation. “I’ve just told them look, have your antennas up, always be looking around you in this environment that you’re going into and be aware of your surroundings. That’s really been my message for them. And they know that, I’m not telling them something they don’t know. About half of this group has been in Kuwait already, doing some very difficult missions in some very dangerous situations. So, they are mentally prepared for any kind of threat.”
Four hundred members of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team were sent to Washington earlier this year when protest marches took place over after George Floyd’s death while in police custody.