Wednesday's inauguration ceremony concluded without Guard members having to face a single security threat, a stark contrast from two weeks ago when a violent mob protesting the Nov. 3 election results breached the U.S. Capitol. Guard members said they were prepared for just about anything going into the Inauguration but were pleasantly surprised that it turned into a peaceful day.
Guard leaders are still in meetings with the U.S. Secret Service and federal law enforcement agencies to ensure their support needs are met.
Thousands of National Guard troops will soon start heading home–some as early as this weekend. Approximately 7,000 troops are expected to remain in D.C. through the end of January. Demobilization can be complex and include equipment turn-in, travel arrangements and COVID-19 screening.
The process of standing down a nation's armed forces from combat-ready status.
Forceful demobilization of a defeated enemy is called demilitarization.