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Nevada National Guard support to the 58th Presidential Inauguration

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  • By Capt. Jason Yuhasz
  • 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Airmen from the Nevada National Guard, Reno Air National Guard Base, supported the 58th Presidential Inauguration from 16 to 22 January in Washington, D.C.

Fourteen airmen from the 152nd Airlift Wing's Mission Support Group supported military members, including Security Forces and Army personnel, by cooking approximately 1,200 meals per day.

"The 152nd Airlift Wing, as part of the Nevada National Guard, was proud to support the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump," Col. Karl Stark, the commander of the 152nd Airlift Wing, said.  "I know our Airmen were in their best form and executed any tasking they were given in real 'High Roller' style." 

In total, more than 7,500 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, from 44 states, three territories and the District of Columbia, served 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 augmented 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 communication.

National Guard support to presidential inaugurations dates to 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 in New York City from Mount Vernon, Va. Over the years, National Guard involvement has grown and is designated to honor the commander-in-chief, recognize civilian control of the military, and celebrate democracy.