According to a press release from the North Dakota National Guard, the guard has sent about 150 soldiers to support the January 20th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.  National Guard adjutant general, Major General Al Dohrman said the unit is headquartered in Dickinson, North Dakota with a detachment in Bismarck.

Approximately 130 Soldiers from the 816th Military Police Company will join 20 previously scheduled N.D. Guard members in support of the 59th presidential inauguration.


North Dakota National Guard

“We are responding to a request from the D.C. National Guard seeking assistance,” said Dohrmann. “I continue to be proud of our Soldiers’ and Airmen’s ability to quickly respond when asked to serve. This short-term mobilization will not affect our ability to support the COVID-19 fight or any potential security operations within our state if called upon.”

Nationwide, the National Guard provides a myriad of support capabilities that can be seamlessly integrated with interagency partners to enhance inauguration support. These capabilities include security, communications, medical evacuation, and logistics. This support is in keeping with the National Guard’s role in homeland security.

The N.D. National Guard continues to provide the governor and civilian authorities properly manned, trained, and equipped forces whenever and wherever they are needed.  Over 2500 National Guard soldiers from around the country will be in Washington D.C. this week.

North Dakota National Guard


The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,000 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen. They are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready, always there.  That is the North Dakota National Guard mantra.


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