Saturday, September 25, 2021

U.S. Army Moves 1,600 Troops to Washington D.C. To Prevent Civil Unrest

The whole number of active-duty troops recently moved from Fort Bragg, and Fort Drum to Washington DC area is approximately 1600 troops.

According to Jonathan Rath Hoffman, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense relocated various active-duty Army units into the National Capital Region as a precautious measure in response to ongoing support to civil authorities’ functions.

The Secretary of Defense ordered the placement of an infantry battalion, which primarily offers military police and engineering capability. The infantry battalion, designated Task Force 504, is ordinarily assigned to the Army’s Immediate Response Force based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Additionally, at the Department’s order, the U.S. Northern Command commander authorized the move of the 16th Military Police Brigade headquarters from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the 91st Military Police Battalion from Fort Drum, New York. The 16th Military Police brigade will act as the infantry battalion’ command and control unit.

Active-duty troops have been redeployed to the National Capital Region by military flights over the last 24 hours and are now stationed on military bases in the National Capital Region but are not in Washington DC. They are on heightened alert status but remain under Title X authority and are not participating in defense support to civil authority operations.

George Costa
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