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TAG Line - mP inauguration Mission January 29, 2021

Top photo: Pfc. Kelly Cahoy, 816th Military Police Company, looks toward the U.S. Capitol building while conducting security operations near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 22, 2021. Cahoy was one of approximately 60 Soldiers assigned to the 191st Military Police Company that were attached to the 816th Military Police Company during the unit's support to the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

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816th MP Company Inauguration Support

The N.D. National Guard responded to a request by the Washington, D.C., National Guard to provide forces in support of the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021. Within 48 hours after answering the call, the Dickinson-based 816th Military Police Company with a detachment in Bismarck, assembled at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, N.D. on Jan. 13, 2021.

The unit was supplemented by Soldiers of the 191st Military Police Company as well as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 131st Military Police Battalion. All the Soldiers served under the 816th Military Police Company flag during this mission. These 130 Guard members traveled to the nation’s capital along with 20 Soldiers and Airmen of the 81st Civil Support Team, whose support to the inauguration had been planned for months. More than 25,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from throughout the country traveled to Washington to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. The National Guard has participated in every inauguration since George Washington assumed duties of the first president of the United States on April 21, 1789. The photos in this TAG Line highlight their week-long mission to the nation's capitol.

"I could not be prouder of the contributions of our great Guard members that supported the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.," said Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general. "I am also grateful for the constant and unyielding support of our Families and employers, without whom we could not successfully accomplish our missions. Whether the missions are here at home containing the COVID-19 spread or fighting floods, to service overseas, we can rely on our Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen to always excel at their duties."

Alert and Prep

After quickly responding to the mission alert, Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company mustered at the Raymond J. Bohn armory for Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP). During the SRP, Soldiers' personnel and pay records were checked, packing lists were verified and a myriad of other required tasks were performed in anticipation of their upcoming mission. Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. adjutant general spoke with the Soldiers while members of the staff provided mandatory informational briefings. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, N.D. Adjutant General, addresses Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company on Jan. 15, 2021. The Soldiers were preparing for duty in Washington, D.C. in support of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.

Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company, raise their hands in response to a question asked by Maj. Gen. Al Dohrmann, adjutant general, at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 15.

Chaplain (Col.) David Johnson, prays with Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company on Jan. 15, 2021 as they prepare for duty in Washington, D.C. in support of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.
Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office, provides a media orientation briefing to the Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 15, 2021.

Capt. Justin Huber, commander of the North Dakota National Guard's 816th Military Police Company, discusses his unit's upcoming deployment to Washington, D.C. from the drillfloor of the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, N.D. on Jan. 14, 2021.

Headed for the Nation's Capitol

The Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company traveled to Washington, D.C. in support of the Jan. 20 presidential inauguration. The Soldiers were picked up at the Bismarck Airport near the Army Aviation Support Facility on Jan. 15 and 16, 2021, by three C-130 Hercules aircraft operated by the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Staff Sgt. Ashley Johlfs, 116th Public Affairs Detachment)

A crew member of the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing provides a C-130 Hercules passenger safety brief to the Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company at the Army Aviation Support Facility's UH-60 Black Hawk hanger on Jan. 16, 2021.

Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company board a C-130 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing at the Bismarck Airport on Jan. 16, 2021.

Soldiers of the North Dakota Army National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company board a C-130 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing at the Bismarck Airport on Jan. 16, 2021.

Soldiers of the N.D. National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company board a C-130 Hercules from the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing at the Bismarck Airport on Jan. 16.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers from the 816th Military Police Company, board a C-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to the 136th Airlift Wing out of Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 15, 2021. (Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. De’Jon Williams)

The Trip East

Each of the three C-130 Hercules aircraft took about four and half hours to make the trip from Bismarck, N.D., to Joint Base Andrews, Md. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger)

Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company settle in for a four and a half-hour trip to D.C. in a C-130 Hercules aircraft operated by the Texas Air National Guard’s 136th Airlift Wing, Jan. 15, 2021.

Soldiers from the N.D. National Guard’s 816th Military Police Company wait to disembark a C-130 Hercules aircraft at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 15, 2021.

Sgt. 1st Class Ben Peterson, 816th Military Police Company, removes blocking and bracing material from the M4 rifle cases on a 463L pallet at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 15, 2021.
Soldiers from the 816th Military Police Company load their equipment into a truck for transport from Joint Base Andrews, Md., to the D.C. National Guard Armory on Jan. 15, 2021.

On Duty in Washington, D.C.

The Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company were billeted at a hotel in Arlington, Va., Jan. 17, 2021. Arlington is a suburb of Washington, D.C. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger)

Soldiers with the 816th Military Police Company rehearse civil disturbance response procedures while Sgt. Alan Peterson provides instruction in a conference room at their hotel in Arlington, Va., Jan. 17, 2021.

Spc. Deliverance Boehm, 816th Military Police Company, practices a defensive stance while simulating holding a crowd control shield in a conference room at their hotel on Jan. 17.

Soldiers with the 816th Military Police Company rehearse civil disturbance response procedure in a conference room at their hotel in Arlington, Va., Jan. 17, 2021.

Sgt. Magdelana Masset, 816th Military Police Company, holds a baton and a crowd control shield during civil unrest response training at the D.C. National Guard Armory, Jan. 18, 2021.

Mission Prep and Training

Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company teamed up with military police of the Montana and Rhode Island Army National Guard units to train over 1,000 Guard Soldiers from Guam, Kansas, Michigan and Vermont in civil disturbance response measures on Jan. 18, 2021. The training was conducted in the vicinity of FedExField in Landover, Md. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger)

Staff Sgt. Nathan Greff, 816th Military Police Company, briefs his platoon about their upcoming mission at the FedExField in Landover, Md., Jan. 18, 2021.

Soldiers with the 816th Military Police Company, carry their equipment into FedExField stadium in Landover, Md., Jan. 18, 2021. The unit was staged at the stadium as a response force.

Civil Disturbance Response Training

Staff Sgt. Lucas Greff, 816th Military Police Company, demonstrates correct hand placement when holding a crowd control shield during civil disturbance response training in the parking lot of the FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Jan. 18, 2021.

Soldiers with the 816th Military Police Company, train with Kansas National Guard Soldiers in the proper use of crowd control shields, during civil disturbance response training in the parking lot FedExField in Landover, Md., Jan. 18, 2021.

Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Peterson, 816th Military Police Company, encourages Soldiers to speak loudly during civil disturbance response training in the parking lot of FedExField in Landover, Md., Jan. 18.

Sgt. Chase Bode, 816th Military Police Company, works with members of the Kansas Army National Guard during civil disturbance response training at FedExField in Landover, Md., Jan. 18.

Standby Response

The 816th Military Police Company was staged at FedExField, Landover, Md. on Jan. 19 through Jan. 20. Their mission was to provide rapid security response if called. During this time, the N.D. Guard members continued readiness training while maintaining situational awareness of the security environment in proximity to the site of the Presidential Inauguration.

U.S. Army Cpt. Justin Huber, commander, 816th Military Police Company, issues guidance and discusses expectations for the unit's upcoming mission in the parking lot of FedExField in Landover, Md., Jan. 19, 2021.
Soldiers 816th Military Police company draw weapons from the District of Columbia armory, Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2021.

Civil Disturbance Response Training

816th Military Police (MP) Company Soldiers trained over 1,000 fellow Guard members from various states in civil disturbance response. The North Dakota MPs partnered with Soldiers from the Montana and Rhone Island National Guard to conduct the training at FedExField, Landover, Md., from Jan. 18 to 19, 2021.

N.D. National Guard Soldiers review mission details at FedExField in Landover, Md,, Jan. 20, 2021. From the left Staff Sgt. Kayla Rohrer, 1st Lt. Alix Kling, Capt. Justin Huber and Sgt. Amanda Kadrmas.

Presence Patrols

After a quiet, uneventful day on a stand-by response mission, Jan. 20, at FedExField in Landover, Md., the 816th Military Police Company changed gears when they received a new tasking. The unit was ordered to conduct presence patrols in downtown D.C., near the Library of Congress. This new mission required movement planning and staging at a new location, along with assigning security sectors, and developing work and rest cycles. These presence patrols were in the vicinity of the Thomas Jefferson building, one of the four buildings that comprises the Library of Congress on Jan. 21 and 22, 2021. These types of patrols heighten visible security and is intended to discourage potential illegal activity.

191st Military Police Company Soldiers, attached to the 816th Military Police Company, stand together on steps inside the Thomas Jefferson building in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22, 2021.

Spc. Andrew Doss looks through a temporary barrier while providing security near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22.

Soldiers of the 191st Military Police Company attached to the 816th Military Police Company, stand together on the steps of the Thomas Jefferson building in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22.

Sgt. Casey Hallwachs on a presence patrol within his assigned sector near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Jan. 22.

Sgt. Garret Reineke, left, and Spc. Dominique Jungels, conduct presence patrol operations near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22.

Spc. Andrew Doss on presence patrol duty near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2021.

Sgt. Anthony Plamann, left, Spc. Austin Hanten, middle, and Pfc. Russell Hendrickson, on presence patrol duty near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, 2021.

Pfc. Chance Fanta stands near the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., while on presence patrol duty, Jan. 22, 2021.

Sgt. Autumn “L.G.” Abrahamson stands guard near the Library of Congress while on presence patrol duty, Jan. 22, 2021.

Visiting with N.D. Elected Officials

Senators John Hoeven, left, and Kevin Cramer meet with about 25 N.D. National Guard Soldiers that were on inaguaration duty on Jan. 21. 2021. (Submitted photo)

Historic Washington

The N.D. National Guard Soldiers mobilized for duty in Washington, D.C., in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration had little time for sightseeing. However, Soldiers were provided a few hours near the end of the mission to explore monuments and memorials within walking distance of the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial on Jan. 23, 2021.

Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company walk through the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2021

N.D. National Guard Soldiers of 2nd Platoon, 816th Military Police Company, led by 1LT Lachlan Vaira and Sgt. First Class Ben Peterson, pose together on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 23.
N.D. Soldiers exploring the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Jan. 23, 2021.

Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2021.

Return to North Dakota

The 130 N.D. National Guard military police Soldiers supporting the 59th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., returned home to Bismarck, N.D. via two Air National Guard aircraft on Jan. 24, 2021. A C-17 Globemaster from the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing transported about 90 Soldiers home while Arkansas Air National Guard's 189th Airlift Wing's C-130 Hercules brought another 40 Soldiers home. Another 20 Guard members of the Bismarck-based 81st Civil Support Team arrived at the airport on commercial flights earlier in the day. (U.S. Army National Guard story and photos by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs)

Capt. Jacob Danduran, left, speaks with Master Sgt. Derrick Owens, during their return trip from Washington, D.C. to North Dakota on a C-17 Globemaster operated by the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing, Jan. 24, 2021. More than 25,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from throughout the country traveled to Washington, D.C., to provide support to federal and district authorities leading up to the 59th Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Michaela C.P. Granger)

About 90 Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company deplane a C-17 Globemaster operated by the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing aircraft amidst blowing snow at the Bismarck Airport on Jan. 24.

816th Military Police Company Soldiers walk toward the helicopter hangers of the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility after arriving at the at the Bismarck Airport on Jan. 24.

816th Military Police Company Soldiers deplane a C-17 Globemaster aircraft amidst blowing snow at the Bismarck Airport on Jan. 24.

Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company walk through the Lakota helicopter hanger at the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility after arriving at the Bismarck Airport on a C-130 Hercules aircraft on Jan. 24, 2021. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Bill Prokopyk, N.D. National Guard Public Affairs Office)

A C-130 Hercules from the Arkansas Air National Guard's 189th Airlift Wing arrives at the Bismarck Airport carrying 40 Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company on Jan. 24.

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A forklift unloads a C-130 Hercules at the Bismarck Airport while 40 Soldiers of the 816th Military Police Company wait to deplane on Jan. 24, 2021.

Capt. Justin Huber, center, commander, 816th Military Police Company, provides an overview of his mission to Col. Ben Cleghorn, left, commander, 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at the N.D. National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility in Bismarck, N.D., on Jan. 24, 2021. Huber, and 1st Lt. Grant Lonski, right, platoon leader, arrived minutes before on a C-17 Globemaster from their mission supporting the Jan. 20, 2021 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.

End of Mission

No military mission is complete without paperwork and procedure. The Soldiers returning from duty in Washington, D.C., in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration, were out-processed at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 25, 2021.

Soldiers with the 816th Military Police Company wait their turn during out-processing at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, Jan. 25, 2021.

Staff Sgt. Jessica Fetsch, 191st Military Police Company, briefs her Soldiers during out-processing at the Raymond J. Bohn armory, Bismarck, Jan. 25, 2021. About 60 Soldiers with the 191st Military Police Company were attached to the 816th Military Police Company during the week-long mission to Washington, D.C. in support of the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

Capt. Justin Huber, commander of the 816th Military Police Company, briefs Soldiers during the final day of the Washington, D.C. presidential inauguration mission at the Raymond J. Bohn armory on Jan. 25, 2021.

North Dakota National Guard’s 1st Sgt. Travis Sand, 816th Military Police Company, provides a final safety brief to his Soldiers at the Raymond J. Bohn armory in Bismarck, N.D., Jan. 25, 2021.

All together, all 150 N.D. National Guard members including 20 members of the 81st Civil Support Team, returned safely home. These Guard members are now all a part of history and have added to the great reputation of the N.D. National Guard. This successful mission saw the North Dakota Soldiers live up to the U.S. Army Military Police motto of "Assist. Protect. Defend."

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