Maine National Guard officials confirmed yesterday that Maine is planning to provide 175 to 200 National Guardsmen in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration. They will depart for Washington, D.C. over the weekend and return a few days following the inauguration.
The decision to support the inauguration with Maine service members, authorized by Governor Janet T. Mills, comes in the wake of the chief of the National Guard Bureau’s request for states and terrorities to assist in increasing the number of soldiers and airmen available to support federal agencies and the District of Columbia National Guard.
“The National Guard has been supporting inaugural activities since the founding of our country and Maine is no exception,” said Major General Douglas Farnham, Maine’s adjutant general. “We’re proud to joint our brothers and sisters from across the country to support the peaceful transition of power and insure the safety and well-being of our fellow Americans.”
Soldiers and airmen from across the states and territories will augment the District of Columbia National Guard to provide crowd management, traffic control, communications and logistical and medical support according to the press release issued by the National Guard, in Augusta.