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Report: 13K military personnel will provide support at Trump’s inauguration

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About 13,000 military personnel will be on hand to provide support at next month’s presidential inauguration, according to a new report.

The Jan. 20 event will include roughly 5,000 active-duty service members and approximately 8,000 National Guard members, The Military Times said Monday.

The National Guard members hail from more than 40 states and U.S. territories, with some coming from as far away as Guam, according to the Times.

{mosads}Maj. Gen. Bradley A. Becker said active-duty personnel will participate in musical units, marching bands, color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons during President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

“Along with orchestrating the ceremonial aspects of the inauguration, our [task force] provides substantial assistance to the Presidential Inauguration Committee, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and the U.S. Secret Service, as well as other state, federal and local agencies, to ensure a safe and secure environment,” said Becker, the commander of the Joint Task Force National Capital Region.

Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz said many of the guardsmen come from military police and security backgrounds.

The commander of the District of Columbia National Guard added the service will provide crowd control and security assistance to the Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol Police and the U.S. Park Service Police.

Schwartz said both active-duty members and national guardsmen supporting police would not be armed for the inauguration.

“If something goes bad, it’s up to law enforcement to make the first move,” Schwartz said. “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.”

Becker added that he expects to know early on Inauguration Day whether the weather will force organizers to avoid outdoor events scheduled for the inauguration, adding he will issue orders that morning to ensure all participants are wearing the appropriate uniforms.

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