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Since 1802, "We are the Capital Guardians" 


Protecting the Capital and Defending the Nation

The Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard is subordinate solely to the President of the United States.  This authority to activate the District of Columbia National Guard has been delegated, by the President, to the Secretary of Defense and further delegated to the Secretary of the Army.  The District of Columbia National Guard is the only National Guard unit, out of all of the 54 states and territories units, which reports only to the President. The general overall mission of the D.C. National Guard is to provide mission-ready personnel and units for active duty in the armed services in the time of war or national emergency.  The D.C. National Guard also retains the mission as protector of the District of Columbia.

The District of Columbia National Guard consists of both Army and Air Force reserve components of the United States armed forces, assigned to the United States National Guard to execute under the dual control of the state and federal government. Read More...

The D.C. Militia takes part in President Abraham Lincoln’s Inauguration where President Lincoln gave his first salute to a D.C. Militiaman on March 4,1861. 

Inaugural Heritage

The D.C. National Guard plays a significant role in Presidential inaugurations.  The National Guard can be deputized as special police, a role that active duty military cannot.  This makes the National Guard an important element in large scale missions.  The D.C. National Guard has consistently supported presidential inaugurations beginning with the 1860 Inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln.  This includes the 56th Inauguration of President Barack Obama which drew the largest audience of any event ever held in Washington, D.C.  The D.C. National Guard's role has evolved to include providing crowd control, security control, traffic control, civil support, cyber security and ceremonial marching elements for the event.  The D.C. National Guard's support of the inauguration has also incorporated the assistance of both Army and Air National Guard units from across the states and territories, with the D.C. National Guard as the lead unit.  This was evident during the 58th Inauguration which included the support of 7800 National Guard personnel from the District of Columbia, 43 states and 3 territories.  Additionally, the D.C. Guard provides stand-by support for State of the Union Addresses and other events for the executive, legislative and judicial government branches.  

DC National Guard Support of 2017 Inauguration



Commanding General


MG William J. Walker 



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