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DC National Guard Commanding General orders investigation into low-flying helicopter over protesters

District of Columbia National Guard (The National Guard/Flickr)

The District of Columbia National Guard is conducting an investigation into the June 1 low-flying maneuvers by its helicopters to ensure all involved complied with applicable procedures and safety regulations.

“I hold all members of the District of Columbia National Guard to the highest of standards. We live and work in the District, and we are dedicated to the service of our nation,” said Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, DCNG Commanding General. “I have directed an immediate investigation into the June 1 incident.”

As part of the investigation, the DCNG is looking into the use of the medical evacuation helicopter as part of the Joint Task Force DC operation.

At the direction of the President, District of Columbia National Guard personnel were activated in support of civil authorities in order to protect the lives and property of our fellow citizens.

Guard personnel, who serve and live in the local community, are trained, equipped and prepared to assist law enforcement authorities with protecting lives and property of citizens within the District.

The DNCG is made up of Soldiers and Airmen who support the community, many working as police, firefighters, and government leaders supporting civilian authorities. The Guardsmen have a rich heritage within the National Capital Region and have been protecting the Capital and defending the nation since 1802.

Today’s Capital Guardians consist of more than 2,700 Soldiers and Airmen providing air sovereignty over the NCR, transporting senior government leaders, supporting domestic operations and providing mission-ready personnel for global engagement.


This article was originally published by District of Columbia National Guard.