Arkansas National Guard to provide support in Washington D.C.

Five hundred Arkansas National Guard troops from the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade based in Northwest Arkansas and Airman from the 189th Airlift Wing will mobilize and be deployed to Washington D.C. beginning on Jan. 17 in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

The inauguration, like all presidential inaugurations, is considered a National Security event, according to a media alert sent out buy the Arkansas National Guard. The U.S.Secret Service, as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising and implementing security for Natioanl Special Security Events has requested support from the National Guard. Arkansas Guardsmen will work along other states' National Guard Units.

“Being in the Guard is about service. Service to one’s State and their Nation.We’re sending some of our very best to support Inauguration Day activities,”said Maj. Gen. Kendall Penn, Arkansas National Guard’s Adjutant General.“Priority No. 1 is to protect people and property, and our Guardsmen are trained very well to do just that.”The Arkansas Air National Guard's 189th Airlift Wing based out of Little RockAir Force Bace will provide C130H aircraft to transport the Guardsmen to Washington, D.C.

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