LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan National Guard has been asked by federal authorities to provide additional support to help continue security efforts at the U.S. Capitol, a news release said Friday.
Close to half of the 1,000-soldier force deployed to D.C. for the new assignment Thursday.
The remaining Guard members will join them this weekend.
Guard members had returned to Michigan on Jan. 24 from a weeklong mobilization to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration.
“It is an honor to be asked to provide this support to our federal partners,” said U.S. Army Major General Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We have identified the resources needed to fulfill this request, and I know that our Michigan Guard members were requested to serve in this capacity because of their outstanding reputation of service, professionalism and patriotism.”
The Michigan National Guard’s return to D.C. will provide support to the U.S. Capitol Police.
About 7,000 National Guard members will be involved in the new mission, according to a news release from the National Guard Bureau.