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Gov. Gianforte activates Army National Guard for inauguration at U.S. Capitol

By: - January 14, 2021 5:14 pm

HELENA, Mont. — In response to a request from the National Guard Bureau and federal authorities, Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Thursday that Montana will send 150 Army National Guard soldiers to the nation’s capital for the upcoming presidential inauguration.

“The Montana National Guard has a long, proud history of supporting our state and nation,” Gianforte said in a statement. “I’m grateful to our selfless soldiers who are answering the call of duty again today to help ensure a peaceful transfer of power, a bedrock of our republic.”

Democratic President-Elect Joseph Biden will be sworn into office on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Last week, a mob waving flags for U.S. President Donald Trump overran security and stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly attack. Law enforcement authorities are ramping up security for the inauguration of the 46th president.

The news release from Gov. Gianforte’s office said soldiers from the 484th Military Police Company, located in Billings, Malta and Glasgow; 143rd Military Police Company, located in Lewistown; and Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 1-163rd Combined Arms Battalion, located in Belgrade, which are being combined and tasked with the mission of supporting the Washington, D.C., National Guard and federal law enforcement agencies in the nation’s capital.

Montana and dozens of other states are sending National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement during inauguration, according to the news release.

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