Delaware National Guard to support inauguration

Delaware National Guard soldiers and airmen swear in as District of Columbia special police at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Thursday. More than 400 airmen and soldiers are taking part in the 58th presidential inauguration. U.S. Army National Guard/2nd Lt. Brendan Mackie

WASHINGTON — More than 400 soldiers and airmen from the Delaware National Guard will support the 58th presidential inauguration through Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Soldiers from the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 153rd Military Police Company, 262nd Component Repair Company, 1049th Transportation Company, 160th Engineer Company, and airmen from the 166th Security Forces Squadron will man traffic control points for the inauguration and assist local authorities.

“We have a strong team of over 400 from Delaware, working together, regardless of what unit they are in,” said Maj. Jaime Wolhar, Task Force Delaware officer in charge. “It is reassuring to see hundreds of soldiers and airmen unite, from across the United States, to work together in support of a national event.”

Task Force Delaware’s mission is to secure the outside perimeter of the event with personnel and vehicles. Soldiers and airmen operating two shifts will be responsible for ensuring vehicle and pedestrian traffic properly flow in and around the area of the inauguration.

In total, more than 7,500 National Guard soldiers and airmen from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, will serve with the specially created Joint Task Force – District of Columbia. The District of Columbia National Guard created JTF – DC in response to requests for assistance from local and federal agencies in the National Capital Region. As a whole, National Guard soldiers and airmen will augment the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police forces on a range of support, including traffic control, crowd management, logistics and communications.

National Guard began supporting presidential inaugurations on April 30, 1789, when local militia members (today’s National Guard) joined the U.S. Army and revolutionary war veterans to form an honor detail and escort Gen. George Washington to his inauguration ceremony from Mount Vernon, Va., to New York City.

Carney to attend inauguration with gubernatorial rival

DOVER (AP)— Democratic Gov. John Carney is showing a spirit of bipartisanship as Republican Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office as president.

Carney’s office says he will attend Trump’s inauguration on Friday with his guest, Republican state senator Colin Bonini of Dover.

Bonini and Carney squared off in last year’s gubernatorial contest in Delaware, but maintained a civil tone toward each other during the campaign.

Bonini described Carney during a debate as a friend and “a smart guy,” and said after the election that he wanted Carney to be as successful a governor as he can be.

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