National Guard presence in DC shrinks as hundreds of troops return home: Reports

According to the Associated Press, a sizable chunk of the National Guard troops still stationed in Washington amid threats of unrest at the Capitol will soon be leaving D.C. and headed back to their home states.

The bad news? An even larger chunk of Guardsmen will be remaining in the district, at least for the time being.

Moving out

The troops were first sent to Washington following a violent and deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In addition to prompting a second effort to impeach and remove then-President Donald Trump, the unrest resulted in as many as 26,000 National Guardsmen being deployed to the nation’s capital in the days leading up to Joe Biden’s Jan. 20 Inauguration Ceremony.

While many troops have since returned home, around 4,300 Guard members remained in the district as of Friday, the AP said.

And though hundreds of them will soon be shipping out, some 2,300 Guard members will remain in the district “for about two more months,” the AP reported, after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin approved a request from Capitol Police last week to extend their stay.

According to the AP, states including Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio, New Jersey, and Wisconsin have all agreed to take part in the extended mission, though others, including Michigan, have pulled out amid bipartisan criticism of the move. The District of Columbia Guard will also reportedly remain active.

“Inappropriate at best”

But it won’t be without controversy. Among those to express their staunch opposition to the continued occupation of the district is the National Guard Association’s chairman, Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire.

“This enduring requirement of having them around the city, I think it’s completely inappropriate at best, illegal at worst,” McGuire recently told the Washington Examiner.

“Every American citizen should be concerned that an unelected Cabinet secretary can move forces into the city,” he added. “The National Guard specifically is the last line of defense for direct policing action only in the emergent period when it is life, limb, protection of property.”

“Unprecedented demand”

According to the Examiner, National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Daniel Hokanson pointed out in a memo sent prior to Austin’s order that there is an “unprecedented demand” for Guard troops elsewhere throughout the country, particularly as states and localities continue moving forward with the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, among other things.

“I am concerned that the continued indefinite nature of this requirement may also impede our ability to man future missions,” Hokanson wrote. “Efforts to date have not secured enough volunteers among supporting states to meet the [Capitol Police] request of 2,280 soldiers, nor Option B of 1,000 soldiers.”

Nonetheless, members of the Guard will now remain in D.C. through at least May 23, according to reports.

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  1. IT CAN’T BE SOON ENOUGH FOR OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE NATIONAL GUARDS TO BE RETURNING HOME. THANK GOD.
    DICTATOR PELOSI AND HER COMMIE TEAM, ARE A COMPLETE DISGRACE TO AMERICA AND ALL SHOULD BE IMPEACHED.
    PELOSI AGAIN HAS WASTED THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS MONEY ON HER FAKE LIES.

    1. I agree totally .I just want to add after impeachment there should be jail time for all her illegal activities !

    2. The american people should not be footing the bill. Let the democrats in congress pay for it. Pelosi wants them there because she is rushing through everything she can. One day her biden harris and the democrats will get what is coming to them and also hope all the democrats america also will get what is coming to them.

  2. Are these states that are still willing to help out in DC willing to help out on the US border, where they are really needed? The optics are really bad.

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  4. This was the 3rd time you unjustifiable failed to post y comment! Censorship is still illegal in the USA even if the DOJ fails to act on it!!

  5. Well, she and Biden (the Anti-Christ) should both be impeached. I truly starting to feel as if Biden is the Anti-Christ, as the EO he signed yesterday at some type of meeting, he called this the New America. Like he is expecting the Heaven’s to come down, at any time to battle him and his trash in a war against Jesus. I am probably way off. But it seems like there is something from Satan involved in our Government.

    1. Make no mistake, we are at war with satanic evil and Biden may be an antichrist, but not the Antichrist.

  6. The Democrats and their insanity scare me to death. It’s time for all of America to stop paying taxes that these retards will waste anyway!

  7. These men being kept at the WH was and is dangeorus and stupid.
    Fire Pelosi Harris Schumer they are the danger to our country o yes Biden also, We want Donald J Trump back as our leader of the free world, this 2020 election was one of the most dishonest elections we have ever had. There is more and more illigal voteing and hidden ballots comeing forth.

  8. Agree with all posts! The guard is supposed to guard our country, NOT Piglosi and company! They are NOT her personal security force, they should be ordered home by the states governors! Let Piglosi guard her own sorry old arse!

  9. he American people what to know, what your doing acting as a president? His frequency of blanks has increased, the inevitable is occurring more often, where is this tax payor white house doctor? Has this person been approved to serve? Are we going to leave our Country open for this? Are those who know, going to be held responsible for his mental decisions taken? No State of the Union address, and on the World Stage who is really making decisions that he can not? Where is the medical report that says he is fit to serve? Again where is the tax payor white house doctor ? Again no State of the Union speech? Propped to sign executive mandates and then what? Who are these keeping up this masquerade?

  10. These poor N.G. troops should be renamed as “PELOSI’S ARMY”.
    There is no need for any of our troops to be held there, especially with the way that they have been treated.
    Millions of dollars of our tax money wasted. Thousands of lives upended to make this witch seem more powerful.
    Send them home. Let Pelosi find herself in peril first, she deserves it!!

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