National Guard Plans to Ask Thousands of Troops to Remain in DC Until Mid-March

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Virginia National Guard soldiers render a salute during the National Anthem at the 59th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, D.C (U.S. Army National Guard/Staff Sgt. Lisa M. Sadler)

The National Guard Bureau is working on a plan to call for thousands of volunteers from the 25,600 Guard members in Washington, D.C., to remain on duty in the city until as late as mid-March.

Guard officials announced Thursday that approximately 15,000 Air and Army National Guard troops would begin returning to their home states as early as this weekend.

Over the past two weeks, the massive Guard force flowed into D.C. to reinforce federal law enforcement for Wednesday’s inauguration of President Joe Biden, following the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead.

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