The Pentagon has deployed 750 specifically educated members of the US navy — together with bomb squads and trauma medics — to Washington, DC, amid safety issues over Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The troops additionally embody active-duty personnel educated in “extraction and decontamination operations” following assaults with chemical, organic, nuclear, radiological and explosive weapons, the Division of Protection mentioned Monday.
Others will help the attending doctor of Congress in administering COVID-19 exams, the DOD mentioned.
The troops assigned to “contingency assist capabilities” are as well as to 2,000 active-duty navy women and men who will likely be readily available for “ceremonial assist,” the DOD mentioned.
Final week, the Pentagon elevated the quantity of Nationwide Guard troops approved to assist federal regulation enforcement within the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to 25,000.
As of Monday, about 21,500 members of the Nationwide Guard had arrived in Washington, DC, the DOD mentioned.