Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has authorized the arming of National Guardsmen in support of the U.S. Capitol Police, the D.C. National Guard announced Wednesday.
“On January 12, 2021, National Guardsmen were given authorization to be armed in support of the U.S. Capitol Police to protect the U.S. Capitol and individual members of congress and their staff,” the D.C. National Guard said in a statement.
“This was requested by federal authorities and authorized by the Secretary of the Army. National Guardsmen are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary. The public’s safety is our top priority,” it said.
The arming of the National Guard comes seven days ahead of the inauguration of the incoming Biden administration.
Approximately 6,200 National Guard soldiers and airmen from six states and D.C. are currently in the National Capital Region. However, more