300 CT National Guard members called to DC ahead of Inauguration Day


(WTNH) — On Friday, some members of the Connecticut National Guard left for Washington, D.C. as more protests could be on the way.

It was a crazy day for the Connecticut National Guard. In the morning, a little more than 100 guard members were put on a plane to D.C., and then another order came down from the nation’s Capitol requesting more troops.

The governor tripled it, bringing the final number to around 300 heading to Washington in the next 24 hours.

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“There will be over 20,000 guardsmen from around the nation protecting Washington D.C. and that complex,” said Captain Dave Pytlik.

They are part of an elite military police unit. They are trained for just this sort of mission and have been deployed many times all around the world.

Due to the nature of the deployment, the National Guard cannot release many details for security reasons, like exact numbers and specific units. But every member of the guard, as they get on the plane and fly to Washington D.C., they understand the significance of this mission.

“They do have specialized training in security and protection in these sorts of missions,” Pytlik explained. “Some of the things we expect them to be doing traffic control points, entry control points or just general security like you see on the news.”

So, when will the soldiers be returning back to Connecticut? That remains to be determined. It could be a week or maybe even just a little bit longer depending on how things go.

“The soldiers going down there, I truly believe given the historical significance of what we saw last week, they are never going to forget this. This is definitely going to be something that stays with them for a long time.”

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