JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Adjuntant General for the Mississippi National Guard released more information about the deployment of troops to Washington, DC.
Major General Janson Durr Boyles says 100 members of the 114th Military Police Company will begin leaving today to support the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week.
He says those being deployed returned from a year-long deployment in Kuwait this fall and have many members who are law enforcement officers in Mississippi.
Major General Boyles says the Mississippi National Guard is no stranger to assisting with inaugural events.
He expects the troops to serve in logistic, security and traffic support roles while in Washington.
He also says the Guard will be ready if asked to assist with the possibility of protest at the state capitol this weekend.
The Mississippi National Guard currently has over 20,000 men and women serving in uniform.
He says over 1,000 of them are currently serving the state at coronavirus vaccine and testing sites.
400 members of the 155th Armored Bridge Combat Team were sent to Washington earlier this year when protest marches took place over George Floyd's death while in police custody.