WASHINGTON – Today, the District of Columbia National Guard (DCNG) has activated approximately two hundred personnel to support the District during the Africa Leaders Summit this week.
The request was made by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and D.C. Fire and Emergency Services, through the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
The Guardsmen will provide support from Dec. 12 - 16 with traffic control teams using vehicles as barriers in and around the Africa Leaders Summit. This will include assisting police with street closures at multiple intersections to provide safety at pedestrian areas. Capital Guardians will also support D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services with its trained Civil Support Team (CST) personnel. The CST will be supporting the all hazards response and positioned at several checkpoints. Capital guardians will help ensure people can attend the summit peacefully and safely.
“We are proud to support our federal and local partners during the Africa Leaders Summit,” said Brig. Gen. Aaron R. Dean, adjutant general, D.C. National Guard. “The D.C. National Guard is committed to assisting its partners in providing a safe environment during the summit.”
The safety of the people who live, work and visit the District is our first priority. Most Capital Guardians reside within the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, and are proud to be from the communities they protect and serve. They are always ready, always there.