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Members of the Oklahoma National Guard return from D.C.

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 15:51:30-05

Members of The Oklahoma National Guard will return from their short stay in the Nation's Capitol on Saturday, January 23.

Nearly 400 members of the Oklahoma National Guard were sent to Washington, D.C, for added security during the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

Once again, Oklahoma's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen left their lives with little prior notice and answered the call to duty," said Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general for Oklahoma. "With the completion of this mission, they have significantly added to the Oklahoma National Guard's long history of support to state and nation that began more than 130 years ago."

Oklahoma National Guard members were sworn in as special police by the U.S. Capitol Police.

"The outpouring of support to our National Guard across the entire country, and here in the District of Columbia, is a story in itself." said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard BureauAccording to a release by the Oklahoma National Guard, The involvement of the National Guard in presidential inaugurations dates back to April 30, 1789."

At least 25,000 National Guard men and women have been authorized to conduct security, communication and logistical missions in support of federal and District authorities leading up to and through the 59th Presidential Inauguration.", LTC, Legler, State Public Affairs Officer.

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