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Nevada National Guard heads to DC for Inauguration Day security

Posted at 7:56 AM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 12:58:00-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Washington, D.C., is ramping up security ahead of next week's Inauguration Day.

More than 200 soldiers with Nevada's guard are heading to D.C. to help federal law enforcement.

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Those same units were planning on going before last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol.

In Washington, D.C., officials have already added non-scalable fencing around the U.S. Supreme Court.

Public works dump trucks are being used to block several roadways with street closures remaining in effect until after Inauguration Day.

"I just want to share with you that the people of the District of Columbia are grateful for you being here. And I know that Americans across all of our states and our wonderful city are also grateful for your service," said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Soldiers from all 50 states and territories will be helping out with security.

The United States Department of Defense has authorized more than 20,000 troops.