Minnesota National Guard troops heading to D.C. for inauguration

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KEYC) — The Minnesota National Guard announced Tuesday that it will provide a company of soldiers to support the Presidential inauguration activities in Washington.

Over 130 soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1-94th Cavalry and airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing will be deployed later this week.

“Every four years, National Guardsmen from throughout the country are called to assist local units supporting the inauguration,” said Col. Scott Rohweder, Minnesota National Guard director of operations. “We are proud and ready to serve the nation at this historic event.”

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The Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing will provide transportation to the soldiers.

Interestingly enough, this weekend also marks the 100th anniversary of the week the 133rd Airlift Wing received federal recognition, which created the first Air National Guard unit in the nation.

“National security events, like the inauguration, require rotational support from across the country to be successful,” Rohweder added. “In the recent past, we have sent as few as zero and as many as 350 guardsmen to support the inauguration.”

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