Around 13,000 military personnel will be working to protect and secure the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump along with his family and the GOP party on January 20. There will be 5,000 active-duty military personnel along with 8,000 National Guards from more than 40 states including Guam will be re-assigned in Washington DC to provide peace during the inauguration, a continuing tradition which first started in 1789.
According to Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, commander, District of Columbia National Guard, his guardsmen will be deputized by the Metropolitan Police Department to provide crowd control and ensure there will be a smooth transition of power. The Capitol Police and the U.S. Park Service Police will also be present during the event to support the local enforcement.
“If something goes bad, it’s up to the law-enforcement agency to make the first move,” Schwartz continues, “We look forward to having a peaceful transition of power on the 20th of January. And we will continue to work with our state and interagency partners to make sure that we have a peaceful transition of power.”
The guardsmen will be authorized to make an arrest if necessary, but the troops along with the active-duty personnel will not be armed.
Aside from maintaining peace during the inauguration, this year’s active-duty personnel will also provide support in musical units, marching bands, color guards, salute batteries, and honor cordon.
The inauguration on January 20 is also expected to draw a huge amount of supporters.
Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker, commander, Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, said, “Clearly, the biggest concern at this point is the number of potential protesters.”
Most anti-Trump protest groups are now in a rage after the National Park Service had not approved their rally permits. One of the few lucky groups who was granted access was the Women’s March group. They are expecting around 200,000 protesters and rally at the U.S. Capitol.
The inauguration day event has been planned and determined by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which takes orders from the President-elect himself. Trump has not yet discussed his plans for the inauguration day, which means no permits can be issued to other groups before the committee has planned for the whole day historic activity.