Hoosier National Guardsmen back home in Indiana following presidential inauguration

U.S. Airman with the Indiana National Guard stand in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2021. At least 25,000 National Guard men and women have been authorized to conduct security, communication and logistical missions in support of federal and District authorities leading up and through the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Tackora Hand)

The following provided by the Indiana National Guard Public Affairs Office

More than 400 Indiana National Guardsmen returned to their Hoosier homeland at Camp Atterbury Monday night after providing support to civil authorities in our nation’s capital for the 59th presidential inauguration.

Hoosier Guardsmen, a part of more than 25,000 National Guard troops, helped with crowd and traffic control at the National Mall and near the White House leading up to, during and following the inauguration, and they helped ensure a peaceful transfer of power.

“I really looked forward to the opportunity to put all of the training I’ve received into practice,” said Pvt. Damon Gentry, from Fort Wayne and a 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team medic. “As a medic you never really want to be needed, but just being out here at the checkpoints with soldiers ensuring I have all the proper equipment and doing what I have been trained to do is rewarding.”

Approximately 250 Indiana National Guardsmen, along with about 5,000 other Guardsmen from around the country, volunteered to remain in or will travel to our nation’s capital until the end of March providing enduring support to civil authorities.

Hoosier National Guard soldiers and airmen remain ready and vigilant for our nation and state in any crisis.