About 250 Tennessee National Guard soldiers and airmen assisted civil law enforcement with crowd control during President Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Airmen from the 118th and 134th Security Forces Squadrons out of Nashville and Knoxville traveled up Pennsylvania Avenue to help with crowd management at the Federal Triangle Metro Station, according to a military spokesman.
Military police from the 252nd Military Police Company stood watch near the Gallery Place Chinatown Metro Station.
Guard were stationed at about a dozen Metro rail stations, according to officials.
"Hundreds of thousands of people are using the subways to get to the event, many more than normal," said Capt. Mitch Thompson, commander of the 269th Military Police Company in Murfreesboro. "The large crowds are a big concern and we're there to help the various D.C. police agencies maintain everyone's safety."
Majority of the Guardsmen assisting at the nation's Capitol are Army military police officers and Air Force Security Forces members.
"We're all well trained professionals," Thompson said. "Many of us have worked at events like this before, to include the 2009 inauguration, and we also trained our personnel before arriving here. On the 19th of January, we were all deputized by the District of Columbia."
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