The National Guard Bureau declined to specify what weapons troops would carry.
‘National Guard members are postured to meet the requirements of the supported civil authorities, up to and including protective equipment and being armed if necessary,’ according to the statement. ‘The public's safety is our top priority.’
Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Monday that a force of up to 15,000 will deploy to D.C. with all their issued equipment, including their individual weapons. So if the need arises, ‘they are close by and they are readily accessible.’
The order may have evolved as more Guard troops deployed since the first reinforcements were rushed in the evening of Jan. 6.
An unspecified military grouping.
Move troops into position for military action.
The Pentagon put some active-duty MP units on alert to deploy on short notice to reinforce police dealing with civil unrest in the wake of the death of George Floyd.