Some 11,000 US Troops to Work Security During Inauguration
More than 11,000 US troops will be providing defense, medical and other support during the January 20th presidential inauguration. In addition, there'll be some 4,000 local police, 4,000 police from around the country, along with other government agencies.
General Gene Renuart, commander in charge of domestic defence, says they're assigned because an event of this type demands preparedness. In a session with defence writers, Renuart said about 7,500 active duty military and roughly 4,000 National Guard troops will participate in the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.
They will include a contingent on alert to to respond to a chemical attack.
Others will perform ceremonial roles in parades, reviews and honour guards.