The Oklahoma National Guard is sending hundreds of troops to the U.S. Capitol in support of the 59th presidential inauguration, the Guard said in a news release Wednesday.
According to the release, approximately 400 Oklahoma National Guardsmen will join other National Guard soldiers and airmen from 43 states to assist law enforcement with crowd management; traffic control in and around the Capitol, National Mall and White House; as well as communications, logistical and medical support.
“When people see the National Guard, they know we are there to help,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma. “The men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard who will be supporting the inauguration are the same Guardsmen who have been there time and time again for Oklahoma communities.”
The guardsmen are expected to depart Oklahoma later this week.