250 Tennessee Guard troops to help with inauguration

Approximately 250 Tennessee National Guard soldiers and airmen will be assisting civil law enforcement with security for the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

FILE - This Jan. 20, 2009 file-pool, photo shows President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama waving as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House from the Capitol in Washington. At some point on Inauguration Day, if all goes expected, the president�s limousine will slow to a stop on its journey down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. A Secret Service agent will open the rear passenger door, and the newly sworn-in president will emerge from his car for a several-minute stroll. The crowd will cheer. The president will wave. In that moment, Pennsylvania Avenue is America�s red carpet. And the president is the only celebrity on it. The victory walk has become an iconic inaugural moment, one expected by the public and the press. And though the tradition dates only to President Jimmy Carter, it has already developed an air of inevitability and predictable patterns. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File, Pool)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Approximately 250 Tennessee National Guard soldiers and airmen will be assisting civil law enforcement with security for the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

The majority will be Army Military Police officers and Air Force Security Force members who will assist with crowd management and security for the event.

The troops are primarily coming from the 268th Military Police Company in Ripley and Dyersburg and the 252nd Military Police Company in Cleveland and Oneida. The Tennessee Air National Guard is sending personnel from the 134th Security Forces Squadron in Knoxville and the 118th Security Forces Squadron in Nashville.

In addition, a team of eight people from the 119th Command and Control Squadron in Knoxville will be assisting the Department of Transportation with a mobile satellite communications system.


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