Wyo. National Guard personnel supporting Presidential Inauguration activities
Jan 18, 2017
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Wyoming National Guard has 15 soldiers and airmen supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration this week in Washington, D.C.
Two photojournalists from the Wyoming Army National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters will lead public affairs teams covering the various activities and events supported by National Guard forces. The Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Security Forces Squadron has 13 people in the nation’s capital assisting with security efforts.
“Having Wyoming National Guard personnel supporting one of the most important events in our nation is a great honor,” said Maj. Gen. Luke Reiner, Wyoming’s adjutant general. “Our Wyoming National Guard personnel are carrying on the proud tradition of National Guard support to this event.”
Wyoming’s soldiers and airmen supporting this event call Cheyenne; Burns, Wyoming; Gering, Nebraska; and Wellington, Colorado, home.
In total, more than 7,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen, from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will serve with the uniquely created Joint Task Force – District of Columbia. The District of Columbia National Guard created JTF – DC in response to requests for assistance from local and federal agencies in the National Capital Region. As a whole, National Guard soldiers and airmen will augment the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police forces on a range of support, including traffic control, crowd management, logistics and communication.
National Guard support to presidential inaugurations dates back to April 30, 1789, when local militia members – today’s National Guard – joined the U.S. Army and revolutionary war veterans to form an honor detail to escort Gen. George Washington to his inauguration ceremony in New York City from Mount Vernon, Virginia. Over the years, National Guard involvement has grown and is designated to honor the commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate democracy.