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Up to 25,000 National Guard in DC for Inauguration: US Army

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Up to 25,000 National Guard in DC for Inauguration: US Army

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The U.S. Army confirmed that as many as 25,000 National Guard members will be stationed in Washington D.C. for Inauguration Day next week. The Defense Department authorized up to 25,000 service members to be deployed, which is an increase of 5,000 from numbers earlier this week. A statement from the Army to news outlets on Friday said the increase would support the “federal law enforcement mission and security preparations” during the inauguration, and it would be led by the U.S. Secret Service. “Our National Guard soldiers and airmen are set around the city to protect our nation’s Capital,” National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson said in the statement. All 50 states and D.C. will have National Guard members to support the event, ostensibly due to the breach at the U.S. Capitol building last week during the Jan. 6 Joint Session of Congress. In a statement on Wednesday, President …

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