Miss. National Guard heads to Capitol Hill for presidential inaugaration

Miss. National Guard heads to Capitol Hill for presidential inaugaration
Soldiers with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, board a plane as part of Task Force Magnolia at Thompson Field in Flowood, Miss., June 2, 2020. Task Force Magnolia is providing military and strategic support to law enforcement in the District of Columbia to secure the safety of its citizens and property. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Christopher Shannon II) (Source: Spc. Christopher Shannon)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - The Mississippi National Guard is sending soldiers to Washington, D.C. to provide additional security for President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20.

Although this may seem as a response to the attacks on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 6., Major General Janson D. Boyles says this activation is not out of their normal responsibilities.

“We always support an inauguration with traffic control and a secure environment. We’ve always done that,” Major General Boyles said. “This is no different to us. I know that the environment has changed a little bit, but our soldiers are doing the same thing they’ve always done.”

During the press conference, Major General Boyd reassured that there will be soldiers in Mississippi in case any protests arise at the state capital.

“We’ll follow the lead of the local law enforcement, the Department of Public Safety. We are in communication with them and we’ll follow their lead. We will be a force multiplier for them.”

Soldiers are expected to leave on Friday afternoon and arrive in D.C. that same evening.

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