WISCONSIN (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers announced on Wednesday that approximately 500 Wisconsin National Guard troops will mobilize to areas around the U.S. Capitol in advance of the presidential inauguration next week.
The troops, which include soldiers from various Wisconsin Army National Guard units, as well as airmen from Wisconsin Air National Guard units, will serve in a support role alongside thousands of other National Guard troops from other states mobilized this week to support security efforts in Washington D.C.
The troops will arrive in Washington in the coming days.
“We are once again thankful to the Wisconsin National Guard for always stepping up, not only for their friends and neighbors here in Wisconsin, but wherever they are needed,” said Gov. Evers. “I'm confident these members of the Guard will assist in any way they can to help maintain peace and security in our nation's capital in the days ahead.”
Additional Wisconsin National Guard troops mobilized earlier this week to support safety and security efforts at the state capitol building in Madison as well.