AUGUSTA, MAINE (01/13/2021) (readMedia)-- Maine National Guard officials confirmed today that Maine is planning to provide 175 to 200 National Guardsmen in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration.
The decision to support the inauguration with Maine service members, authorized by Gov. Janet Mills, comes in the wake of the chief of the National Guard Bureau's request for states and territories to assist in increasing the number of soldiers and airmen available to support federal agencies and the District of Columbia National Guard.
"The National Guard has been supporting inaugural activities since the founding of our country, and Maine is no exception," said Maj. Gen. Douglas Farnham, Maine's adjutant general. "We're proud to join our brothers and sisters from across the country to support the peaceful transition of power and ensure the safety and well-being of our fellow Americans."
Soldiers and airmen from across the states and territories will augment the District of Columbia National Guard to provide crowd management, traffic control, communications, and logistical and medical support.
For additional information on National Guard support to the inauguration, contact the National Guard Bureau media desk at 703-601-6767.