SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Dec. 5, 2016 – Soldiers and airmen from the South Dakota National Guard are preparing for joint support of the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Jan. 20, 2017.
They will join hundreds of National Guardsmen from across the country to assist with security, crowd control and traffic management throughout the national capital region when President-elect Donald J. Trump takes the oath as the 45th president of the United States.
This joint service security group is preparing with refresher training on the safe and secure movement of civilians prior to, during and after inauguration events.
Working Together at Inaugural
“The purpose of the training is so that the two branches can blend together and work together as a cohesive team,” said Army Sgt. Kurtis Brown, 235th Military Police Company team leader. “For a joint operation like the Presidential Inauguration we all want to be on the same page.”
Soldiers and airmen intermixed and practiced moving as squads and platoons. They also practiced various formations while using specialized equipment.
Instructors from a local air ambulance service provided medical training on Dec. 3 that was focused on medical issues civilians might develop at the inauguration.
“The practice was needed and beneficial to all of us, said Air Force Lt. Kristopher King,” 114th Security Forces chief of information protection. “It’s a great opportunity to make sure everyone is speaking the same language and using the same techniques.”
By Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart, 114th Fighter Wing