Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today revealed that 540 New York Army National Guard Soldiers who have actually been on duty supplying security for the Capitol complex in Washington D.C. will return to armories across New York on Saturday.
“On January 6 in Washington, D.C., our federal government dealt with a host of difficulties unlike anything in current memory, and it was exceptionally crucial for New York to send out members of our National Guard to assist in the tranquil transition of governmental power and secure our country's biggest democratic assets,” Governor Cuomo stated. “The members of our National Guard when again fulfilled the challenges with professional resolve, and we owe them a financial obligation of thankfulness for this service and for all of the work they've done during the last year in assisting New York battle COVID-19 reaction.”
On January 26, at the demand of the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, the Governor released 542 troops to be part of a force of 5,000 soldiers released to Washington, D.C. This was on top of a previous implementation of 1,300 New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen that was available in the wake of the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6. They remained on responsibility through the end of January, securing the inauguration of President Joseph Biden. The New York National Guard Soldiers, who came from throughout the state, protected the premises around the Dirksen, Russell and Hart Senate Office Buildings and the Upper and Lower Senate Park. The New York Soldiers also assisted secure the U.S. Capitol Police Headquarters.
The New York National Guard members worked alongside Guardsmen from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, the Virgin Islands and Delaware, along with the Capitol Police, to accomplish their objectives.
Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General of New York, stated, “Our Soldiers responded in their normal unselfish method. They left their households and tasks behind and in the greatest traditions of the Citizen Soldier, they left home to protect our nation. I am so proud of each and every one of them. They showed great professionalism and pride just like the 3,000 Soldiers and Airmen here in your home supporting New York's action to the pandemic.”
Since March 10 of 2020, 6,116 members of the New York National Guard have actually worked as part of the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guard members have actually assembled 8.2 million coronavirus test packages, evaluated 2.5 million travelers showing up in New York by airplane, assisted in 1.4 million coronavirus tests, and supported vaccination efforts for more than 1 million New Yorkers.Source: governor.ny.gov