Tennessee National Guard Maintains Order in D.C.
By: James Clark -- Editor for the Southern Standard
Tennessee National Guard in front of White House
America finally has its wall, or in this case its chain link fence.
Approximately 1.7 miles of 8-foot-tall, chain-link fence now surrounds the White House and nearby Lafayette Park as a way of keeping protesters away.
Thousands of people descended on our nation’s capital over the weekend for what amounted to peaceful rallies for equality. The Tennessee National Guard was also on the scene providing direct support for any civil unrest which may have materialized.
More than 1,000 soldiers and airmen from the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 134th Air Refueling Wing deployed to the nation’s capital on Thursday, June 4, before returning home Tuesday, June 9.
These soldiers and airmen provided additional support to the Washington D.C. National Guard, law enforcement and first-responders to protect life, preserve property, and ensure public safety.
“As we’ve seen time and time again, the Tennessee National Guard can and will respond at a moment’s notice to provide capabilities and capacity,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee Adjutant General. “In less than 24 hours and without hesitation, more than 1,000 soldiers and airmen were able to answer the call and support our fellow guard members in Washington D.C. Holmes noted more National Guard service members came from Tennessee than any other state.
“We couldn’t be prouder of the discipline and professionalism displayed by our men and women who continue to support these missions and more importantly, support our communities,” said Holmes.
The total number of soldiers and airmen mobilized for various missions, to include COVID-19 response, is over 2,200. The Tennessee National Guard has more than 12,000 service members uniquely prepared to rapidly respond to the needs of Tennessee and the nation.