Local Indiana National Guard members securing Inauguration Day events

Twenty-eight Indiana National Guard members from Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are securing Washington, D.C., during Inauguration Day.

Posted: Jan 19, 2021 2:09 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Twenty-eight Indiana National Guard members from Tippecanoe and surrounding counties are securing Washington, D.C., during Inauguration Day.

As News 18 previously reported, 620 Indiana National Guard troops were deployed to the White House, the National Mall and the United States Capitol.

Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson says troops are helping with crowd management and traffic control.

He says all is quiet from his perspective but guard members are prepared to respond to any situation.

"We're prepared for a variety of defensive postures and working as close as we are with civilian law enforcement and civilian agencies, they will really manage how we address that response," he says.

Indiana National Guard troops were mobilized in a matter of days and arrived over the weekend.

"These soldiers and airmen transitioned very quickly," Johnson says. "We had very little notice, and in a matter of a couple days, they transitioned out of their civilian jobs and left their families, put on a uniform and came to be part of this taskforce."

Johnson says Indiana National Guard members will remain in Washington, D.C., through Inauguration Day before transitioning back to civilian life.

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