Guam Guard may extend presence in nation’s capital

Members of the Guam National Guard train in Washington D.C. (Photo courtesy of Guam Guard)

The Guam National Guard is once again answering the call, as the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, has requested an extended presence of Guard troops in the nation’s capital.

The request comes in anticipation of upcoming events such as the State of The Union Address, possible impeachment hearings, and others that may require National Guard support of civil authorities.

The extended support, which is planned to last until mid-March, will be provided from across the 54 states and territories, including Guam.

Of the approximately 40 Guam troops who deployed in mid-January, the majority will return to Guam in the coming days. Those who have volunteered to remain in Washington will be joined by a new, smaller group of Guam Guard troops set to deploy soon.

The returning troops have received dose one COVID-19 vaccinations, have recent COVID-19 negative test results on-hand, and were approved by the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services as Critical Service Workers.

Having met the requirements, they will complete their redeployment mission at the Barrigada Readiness Complex while under legally enforced restriction of movement.