Guam Guard preparing for DC security mission

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The Guam National Guard is prepared whether it's traffic control, roadblocks, or crowd control. (PNC photo)

Soldiers from the Guam National Guard have been called upon to assist at the nation’s capital following riots at Capitol Hill and the coming inauguration of the President of the United States.

Guam National Guard Public Affairs Officer Mark Scott says that local Guardsmen were jumping at the opportunity to answer the call to head to Washington D.C. National Guard units from around the country were given a mission to provide support at the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20th.

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“Right now we are getting about 30 to 40 people ready. Three of them left this morning and the rest will be going very soon and they will be going to the nation’s capitol to ensure that there’s a peaceful transition of power,” Scott said.

Their specific mission has not been disclosed but Scott shares that the Guam National Guard is prepared whether it’s traffic control, roadblocks, or crowd control. Every other state and territory is responding proportionately to what they can offer, this means that there will be about 15 to 20,000 National Guard soldiers on the ground.

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“It’s a purely volunteer mission. These are soldiers who all raised their hands to go ahead and answer the call, similar to how they raised their hands when they took their oath of enlistment which included supporting and defending the consitution of the United States,” Scott said.

Given the COVID situation, a timeline for the mission has not been disclosed but Scott says that they hope to get out there and back quickly.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.