As hundreds of thousands of visitors flooded into the Mall in Washington D.C. to witness the 57th Presidential Inauguration, Tennessee National Guardsmen and women were stationed throughout the city helping manage crowds and keeping visitors safe.
Starting at 3:30 a.m. on the 21st, more than 150 soldiers and airmen from across Tennessee were in position to support D.C. law enforcement agencies with crowd management. Stationed at 12 Metro rail stations near the capitol building and the inaugural parade route, their mission was to help manage the flow of visitors through the metro stations.
“Hundreds of thousands of people are using the subways to get to the event, many more than normal,” said Capt. Mitch Thompson, commander of the 269th Military Police Company in Murfreesboro. “The large crowds are a big concern and we’re there to help the various D.C. police agencies maintain everyone’s safety.”