At the request of the National Guard Bureau, the Hawaii National Guard is set to deploy about 200 of its members to Washington, D.C., to aid in and facilitate the peaceful transition of presidential power next week.
The members will arrive prior to Inauguration Day Wednesday, Jan. 20, where they are prepared to perform a multitude of missions in support of local law enforcement, according to Gov. David Ige’s office.
“The Hawaii National Guard is prepared to support the effort in Washington, D.C., to ensure a peaceful transition of power and a smooth Inauguration Day following a free and fair election. I thank our Guard members for their dedication to protecting our democracy during these challenging times, ” said Ige.
Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Hara, adjutant general, Department of Defense, said members were notifed Wednesday and reporting for duty Thursday.
Roughly 800 guardsmen are still activated for COVID-19 support and the deployment of these members will not impact the effort to support the state. There are nearly 4,000 Guard members that will remain in the islands to assist with any local disasters.