According to KTVB, There is expected to be a total of 25,000 guard members present in D.C. for president-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The event is set to take place on Wednesday January 20th. Members from the Idaho National Guard have been requested to join. Our gem state will be deploying 300 local members to the nation's capital to provide security and assist federal agencies.

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Major General Michael Garshak said we have always had an Idaho National Guard presence at presidential inaugurations. He explained, "The National Guard has participated in every presidential inauguration in our nation's history. It is an honor to be a part of the tradition of ensuring the peaceful and orderly transition of national power; an act that separates us from many other countries across the world."

The Idaho National Guard said that a couple of months ago the plan was to send about a dozen to D.C. but with recent events the request for more came to all National Guards around the country. So in Idaho we went from sending 12 to sending 300. The 300 guardsmen will be leaving Gowen Field by aircraft over the next week and landing in our countries capital.

Many members that are being sent already have set roles while there including, assisting the Secret Service, security, communications, medical, logistics, and safety support. You may remember that last summer about 400 Idaho National Guardsmen were sent to Washington D.C. to help with the Black Lives Matter protests.

 

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