DETROIT– About 1,000 Michigan National Guard (MING) soldiers returned home Monday after a U.S. Capitol assistance mission.
The National Guard members were deployed Jan. 29 to the National Capitol Region in Washington D.C. where they provided assistance to the D.C. National Guard and Capitol authorities for a post-inaugural security mission. According to a press release, the soldiers carried out a variety of responsibilities such as supplying extra security, training and logistical support.
“The males and women of the Michigan National Guard have actually constantly stepped up whenever called upon and their assistance for the Capitol region was no various,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “We are so happy to welcome them home and happy with their service and professionalism. Their commitment and conduct are a credit to the State of Michigan and our nation.”
Officials stated soldiers from the 117th Military Police Brigade and the 107th Engineer Battalion were welcomed home by MING elders.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, who is the adjutant general and director Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Command Sgt. Maj. William Russell III invited home soldiers in Detroit while Brig. Gens. Lawrence E. Schloegl and Scott W. Hiipakka, assistant adjutant generals for MING-Army, greeted Soldiers in Green Bay and Alpena.
“Our soldiers are true specialists and did an exceptional job safeguarding our nation's capital,” said Col. Chris McKinney, task force self-reliance leader throughout the Capitol action objective and commander of the 177th Military Police Brigade. “Whether the mission is overseas, within the state of Michigan or throughout the nation, we are always prepared to respond.”
Officials said prior to the post-inaugural security objective, about 700 soldiers and airmen were deployed to offer assistance Jan. 20 for the inauguration of President Joe Biden.
“We are thankful for the sacrifices our members make and the assistance they receive from their families and communities,” Rogers said. “The Michigan National Guard is prepared to serve our state and country whenever the opportunity arises, but we are always grateful to have the soldiers return home.”