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DeWine activates National Guard ahead of Inauguration Day

Up to 15,000 National Guard members from various states could be deployed to Washington, D.C. during the inauguration
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Gov. Mike DeWine during the state's coronavirus update on Tuesday, Jan. 12. 2021.

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine announced today he is activating 580 National Guard members to be available for use in Washington, D.C. and Ohio in preparation for unrest during the inauguration.

"That can certainly be expanded or speeded up," DeWine said, ahead of planned demonstrations in Columbus this weekend. 

Up to 15,000 National Guard members from various states could be deployed to Washington, D.C. during the inauguration, senior defense officials said Monday

During the insurrection at the Capitol last week, 340 D.C. National Guard members had been activated, but the members were unarmed and mostly on traffic duty in other parts of the city.