Vermont National Guard deploys soldiers to nation’s capital

About 100 Vermont National Guard soldiers will be deployed to the nation’s capital beginning later this week. In a statement, a Guard spokesperson said the deployment will “support security operations” with Capitol Police and hundreds of other troops. They would perform traffic control, including monitoring and restricting truck traffic in the city. The deployment comes ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, scheduled for March 1. A Department of Homeland Security bulletin released earlier this month said the address could be the target of a truck convoy protest. That bulletin described the protest as “ambitious” when it came to enforcing federal and state laws. The Vermont National Guard did not directly associate the possible protest with its planned deployment. This is the second year in a row that Vermont National Guard soldiers have been sent to the nation’s capital in an effort to bolster security. About 100 soldiers were in attendance for Biden’s 2021 inauguration after the Jan. 6 insurgency of that year sparked lingering security concerns at the Capitol. Each person deployed will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before deployment and again upon return, according to a spokesperson for the Guard.

About 100 Vermont National Guard soldiers will be deployed to the nation’s capital beginning later this week.

In a statement, a Guard spokesperson said the deployment will “support security operations” with Capitol Police and hundreds of other troops. They would perform traffic control, including monitoring and restricting truck traffic in the city.

The deployment comes ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, scheduled for March 1.

A Department of Homeland Security bulletin released earlier this month said the address could be the target of a truck convoy protest. That bulletin described the protest as “ambitious” when it came to enforcing federal and state laws.

The Vermont National Guard did not directly associate the possible protest with its planned deployment.

This is the second year in a row that Vermont National Guard soldiers have been sent to the nation’s capital in an effort to bolster security. About 100 soldiers were in attendance for Biden’s 2021 inauguration after the Jan. 6 insurgency of that year sparked lingering security concerns at the Capitol.

Each person deployed will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before deployment and again upon return, according to a spokesperson for the Guard.