The National Guard is there for D.C.
As a member of the D.C. National Guard, I would like to educate Capt. Steve Trynosky [“The dangers of D.C.’s commuter National Guard,” Local Opinions, Feb. 6] on how we operate.
We as an organization mobilize once we are called upon, as we did during last year’s blizzard, when we assembled our entire force (not just one vehicle), transporting city officials and in some cases police officers to their destinations. (Where were you? We could have used the help.) Yes, we have members who live outside the District, but all are aware of our requirement to report within four hours of being called, and we use our vehicles to pick up any soldier who needs a ride to complete the mission. Most of our soldiers were born and raised in the District, although there are a few outsiders like myself, who serve the city in its times of need. We attend and host many recruiting events throughout the city, and we run a youth challenge program that is not so much geared to putting teenagers into the military as it is to giving them a fair chance in life.
As a member of the D.C. National Guard military ball committee, I can report that we looked at a lot of venues throughout the region and went with what we could afford, as we foot the whole bill ourselves for our young soldiers.
We augment the city’s services whenever requested while still deploying around the world. Yes, we are Capital Guardians, proud and true.
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