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Airmen and Troopers from the Alaska Nationwide Guard put together to depart from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, to help with Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. Roughly 80 Alaska Guardsmen volunteered and most of them might be transported by a KC-135 Stratotanker from the Alaska Air Nationwide Guard’s 168th Wing at Eielson Air Power Base on a direct seven-hour flight to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. (Invoice Roth / ADN)
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A number of flights have been delayed for about 70 members of the Alaska Nationwide Guard who’re anticipated in Washington D.C. to assist with the inauguration.
The group of roughly 70 guardsmen was initially scheduled to fly early Sunday from Alaska to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, southeast of Washington, in response to an announcement from Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead.
A upkeep drawback stopped the flight on Sunday and on Monday it was delayed a number of instances and ultimately cancelled due to turbulent climate. The Nationwide Climate Service issued a excessive wind warning all through most of Monday that known as for wind gusts to achieve 80 mph alongside the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. A mixture of rain and snow fell all through Southcentral Alaska.
Hundreds of troops from throughout the nation are anticipated in D.C. by Inauguration Day on Wednesday. Safety measures have been amplified after a violent mob overthrew the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The U.S. Home of Representatives voted to question President Donald Trump final week for his function in inciting the riot.
Safety measures have additionally elevated at capitols all through the nation as a result of the FBI warned final week of potential armed protests within the days surrounding the inauguration.
Alaska’s guardsmen volunteered to assist with crowd administration, visitors management, communications, logistics, medical assist and public affairs, Olmstead wrote.
The group is now scheduled to fly from Alaska early Tuesday, Olmstead stated.
Guardsmen are seated on a KC-135 Stratotanker from the Alaska Air Nationwide Guard’s 168th Wing as they put together to depart from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, to help with Wednesday’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden in Washington, D.C. (Invoice Roth / ADN)