Changing of the Guard: Maine Continues Support to Washington, DC

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Approximately 75 Maine National Guardsmen will provide support to the District of Columbia National Guard and federal agencies for the next several weeks.

The majority of these soldiers are a part of the original 200 that supported the inauguration, but will travel to Washington this week as the original group transits back to Maine.  Approximately a dozen soldiers from the original group volunteered to remain on duty in the nation’s capitol.

“The request came in from the National Guardsman Bureau and we wanted to continue to support while also taking our members personal and professional lives into account,” said Major General Douglas Farnham, Maine’s Adjutant General.  “The first group was informed their orders would end near the end of the month, we we put together another group of volunteers for this extended mission.  Strong employer support is so critical to what we do, so we did everything we could to honor our original commitment to that first wave’s employers and families.”

Approximately 7,000 total National guardsmen will remain on duty in Washington supporting federal agencies through the end of the month, with that number coming down to around 5,000 that may remain into March 2021.

On January 13, 2021 the Maine National Guard announced that it was planning to provide 175 to 200 National Guardsmen in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC.  The decision was authorized by Governor Janet T. Mills.

Please visit January 14, 2021 post with more background information on the subject.