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Governor welcomes Montana National Guard troops home from D.C.

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 13:35:35-05

HELENA — About 150 soldiers from the Army National Guard returned to Montana from Washington D.C. on three C-130s late Tuesday night.

The soldiers joined about 26,000 National Guard members from all 50 states and three territories in the nation’s capital. The soldiers assisted with inauguration security for President Biden.

Governor Greg Gianforte was there to greet the soldiers as they got off the planes. He said, “It is so important. These men and women stepped up, they left their families, they went away and sacrificed to make sure we had a peaceful transfer of power. They did their job, and I’m thrilled to be here to welcome them home.”

The soldiers aren’t quite ready to go home yet. They are at Fort Harrison on Wednesday for demobilization and to return their equipment, and are being screened for Covid-19.