The National Guard said Thursday it is working to return some of the troops who came to Washington, D.C., to protect the inauguration, but that thousands will remain on duty.
In a press release, the Guard said 10,600 will remain on duty for the time being to continue the mission of assisting federal law enforcement authorities in protecting the Capitol.
“The National Guard Bureau is assisting states with coordination and the logistics of returning troops safely to their homes. With almost 26,000 troops providing support from 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, approximately 10,600 remain on duty at this time,” the press release said.
The remaining 10,600 or so will continue the mission of assisting federal authorities such as the United States Secret Service and the U.S. National Park Service guard the Capitol building and other federal property after the January 6 break-in of the Capitol by some pro-Trump supporters.
It is not clear when that number of National Guard troops will go down. Approximately 7,000 are expected to remain beyond January.
The National Guard press release said:
Some agencies are requesting continuity of operations, additional support and recuperation time for their forces to regroup. Approximately 7,000 National Guard personnel are anticipated to provide that assistance through the end of the month.
The Guard spokesman described the approximately 7,000 as part of an “enduring mission” that is dependent on when federal authorities no longer need them to protect the Capitol.
But wait…not only are they being required to stay in DC, but they’ve now been kicked off congressional grounds and are retreating to nearby parking garages to rest!!!
Thousands of National Guardsmen were forced to vacate congressional grounds on Thursday and are now taking their rest breaks outside and in nearby parking garages, after two weeks of sleepless nights protecting the nation’s capital.
One unit, which had been resting in the Dirksen Senate Office building, was abruptly told to vacate the facility on Thursday, according to one Guardsman. The group was forced to rest in a nearby parking garage without internet reception, with just one electrical outlet, and one bathroom with two stalls for 5,000 troops, the person said.
“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” the Guardsman said.
MILITARY SOURCE IN DC:
“For the last week my battalion has been sleeping on the floor in the Senate cafeteria. Today the Senate kicked us out & moved us to a cold parking garage.
1 power outlet.
This is how Joe Biden’s America treats solders.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 22, 2021
THIS IS WRONG! This is how Joe Biden’s America treats soldiers!