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Maine National Guard Members Deploying To DC For Inauguration Support

Maine National Guard troops are headed to the U.S. Capitol.

In a press statement, Maine’s adjutant general, Douglas Farnham, says 175-200 troops will travel there to support the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Gov. Janet Mills authorized the deployment in response to a request from the Guard’s national leadership, after rioters stormed the Capitol last week.

Farnham says Maine’s guard corps has served in inaugural activities since the nation’s founding, and will be proud to “support the peaceful transition of power.”

The contingent’s mission could include crowd management, traffic control, communications and logistical and medical support.

A Columbia University graduate, Fred began his journalism career as a print reporter in Vermont, then came to Maine Public in 2001 as its political reporter, as well as serving as a host for a variety of Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Television programs. Fred later went on to become news director for New England Public Radio in Western Massachusetts and worked as a freelancer for National Public Radio and a number of regional public radio stations, including WBUR in Boston and NHPR in New Hampshire.