January 15, 2021 |

More than 100 Wyoming National Guardsmen are headed to the nation’s capitol to provide crowd control and other security support during next week’s inauguration of Joe Biden as president. They will join a much larger contingent of National Guard units from across the country.

All inaugurations are considered a National Special Security Event.

The Secret Service is the lead federal agency for planning, coordinating and providing security for an NSSE. Major General Greg Porter is the adjutant general of the Wyoming Guard.

“We are proud to support, and be part of the long tradition of supporting this historical event for our country,” Porter said.

National Guard units have been part of inaugural events dating back to George Washington.

The Wyoming National Guard will remain under the control of Governor Mark Gordon while in Washington, D.C., but their expenses will be paid with federal dollars.

The Pentagon has called up 25,000 National Guard troops in all for the 59th Presidential Inauguration, which takes place Wednesday.

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