D.C. National Guard supports local authorities during museum opening

WASHINGTON, DC (09/23/2016)(readMedia)-- The District of Columbia National Guard will support local authorities during the National Museum of African American History and Culture's grand opening.

Soldiers and Airmen from the D.C. National Guard will support the D.C. Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency, District Department of Transportation and United States Park Police in their efforts to facilitate the safety and security of people attending the museum's opening.

D.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will be assisting local authorities by participating in traffic management, chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear explosive detection and response and security perimeter missions.

People attending downtown events are encouraged to plan appropriately and adhere to posted and broadcasted guidance and instructions. Additionally, people should report any suspicious activity or packages to law enforcement as immediate as possible.

As part of its homeland mission, the D.C. National Guard provides this form of assistance to local and federal law enforcement agencies and emergency medical services during special events in the District of Columbia. Of note, the D.C. Guard has provided support for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, July 4 Independence Day celebrations, March on Washington's 50th Anniversary and Concert For Valor. Additionally, the D.C. Guard, with assistance from National Guard units across the country will lead the National Guard's support of the 58th Presidential Inauguration.

For more information contact D.C. National Guard Public Affairs Office, at 202-685-9862 byron.b.coward.mil@mail.mil.