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Soldiers and Airmen Prepare for the Inauguration

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  • By Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart
  • 114th FW / PA
Security Soldiers and Airmen from the South Dakota National Guard prepare for joint support of the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20.
They will join hundreds of National Guardsmen from across the country to assist with security, crowd control and traffic management throughout the U.S. Capitol region.
This joint service security group is preparing with refresher training on the safe and secure movement of civilians prior to, during and after inauguration events. 
"The purpose of the training is so that the two branches can blend together and work together as a cohesive team," stated Sgt. Kurtis Brown, 235th Military Police Company team leader.  "For a joint operation like the Presidential Inauguration we all want to be on the same page."
Soldiers and Airmen intermixed and practiced moving as squads and platoons.  They also practiced various formations while using specialized equipment.
"The practice was needed and beneficial to all of us, said Lt. Kristopher King," 114th Security Forces chief of information protection.  "It's a great opportunity to make sure everyone is speaking the same language and using the same techniques."