JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Numerous FBI warnings have been circulating about armed protestors threatening the U.S Capitol and President Inauguration. Armed service members from Mississippi will be doing their part to protect Washington D.C.
They just got back from deployment over in Kuwait and now the 100 Mississippi Army National Guard members are heading to D.C to protect the Presidential Inauguration from any domestic threats.
It’s common for guard members to assist in securing federal grounds in the midst of big gatherings but this time a bigger threat is on the radar after Trump Supporters stormed the U.S Capitol.
“We have always been a forced multiplier for local law enforcement,” General Janson Durr Boyles said. “Whether that’s a hurricane or security threat so it’s not a mission that surprises us.”
The guard members are coming from the 114th Military Police Company stationed in Clinton. They join 20,000 other National Guardsmen and women patroling D.C through Wednesday.
“I just told them look have your antennas up and always be looking around you in this environment you’re going into and be aware of your surroundings,” Gen. Boyles continued. “They’ve been in the Middle East doing some difficult missions and been in dangerous situations so they are mentally prepared.”
The troops from Mississippi will be staying at hotels during their service. While working they’ll be executing security tactics and regulating traffic with D.C police.
Numerous FBI warnings have also pointed to possible armed protests at other capitol buildings across the country. The Mississippi National Guard said they also have troops on stand by in case any erupt outside our own state capitol building.