Minnesota National Guard to provide support to Presidential Inauguration

January 12, 2021 (ST. PAUL, Minnesota) — The Minnesota National Guard will provide a company of Soldiers to support presidential inauguration activities. This week more than 130 Soldiers from Bravo Troop, 1-94th Cavalry Squadron and Airmen from the 148th Fighter Wing will report to Washington D.C. in support of National Guard assignments for the inauguration.

“Every four years National Guardsmen from throughout the country are called to assist local units supporting the inauguration,” said Colonel Scott Rohweder, Minnesota National Guard Director of Operations.  “We are proud and ready to serve the nation at this historic event.”

The Minnesota National Guard’s 133rd Airlift Wing will provide transportation to the Soldiers.  Uniquely, this weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the week the 133rd Airlift Wing received federal recognition, creating the first Air National Guard unit in the country. It is fitting that during this 100th Anniversary week, they are supporting a mission in our nation’s capital at the direction of National Guard Bureau. 

“National security events, like the Inauguration, require rotational support from across the country to be successful,” said Rohweder. “In the recent past, we have sent as few as zero and as many as 350 Guardsmen to support the inauguration.” 

For more information, contact the Minnesota National Guard public affairs office at 651-282-4410 or mn.ng.web@mail.mil.

– About the Minnesota National Guard –

Established in 1856 and headquartered in St. Paul, the Minnesota National Guard has more than 13,000 soldiers and airmen who serve in 61 communities across the state. The citizen-soldiers and airmen of the Minnesota National Guard are ‘Always Ready’ to fight the nation’s wars, protect the country, respond to state emergencies and contribute to local communities. For more information about the Minnesota National Guard, visit https://mnngpublicmain.azurewebsites.us.