Soldiers with Mississippi National Guard sent to D.C. to provide military and strategic support

Lt. Col. Kenneth Anthony, Task Force Magnolia commander, greets and thanks Soldiers for volunteering as they arrive at Thompson Field in Flowood, Miss., June 2, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Christopher Shannon II)

About 400 Guardsmen have been activated to the nation's capital to provide support to law enforcement as protests continue across the nation.

Posted: Jun 3, 2020 11:11 AM
Updated: Jun 8, 2020 3:43 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - About 400 soldiers with the Mississippi National Guard (MSNG) have arrived in Washington, D.C. to support civil authorities as protests continue across the city and nation following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.

According to a news release issued Wednesday by the National Guard, the mission of Mississippi’s soldiers is to provide “military and strategic support to law enforcement to provide a safe and secure environment in the District of Columbia."


Soldiers with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, board a plane as part of Task Force Magnolia at Thompson Field in Flowood, Miss., June 2, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Christopher Shannon II)

Soldiers with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, board a plane as part of Task Force Magnolia at Thompson Field in Flowood, Miss., June 2, 2020. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Christopher Shannon II)

The following is from the news release:

"The MSNG's first priorities are to safeguard lives and protect property while we assist civil authorities in restoring good order and peace within the area of operation. State and local law enforcement agencies remain responsible for security. The MSNG personnel assigned to these missions are trained, equipped and prepared to assist law enforcement authorities with protecting lives and property of the citizens in their state. This situation is fluid, but the National Guard's reaction and support remains constant.

The MSNG is part of a larger contingent of national guard Soldiers activated from various states in support of civil authorities in the District of Columbia. The MSNG stands ready to respond to any mission in support of our state and nation to protect citizens and infrastructure during times of emergency and natural disasters."

UpdateMississippi National Guard returns home from D.C.

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