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)