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Mon Mar 8, 2021, 08:26 AM

Biden inauguration: Wyoming governor quietly mobilized Guard troops in Cheyenne

Source: Associated Press

Wyoming governor quietly mobilized Guard troops in Cheyenne

By MEAD GRUVER
March 5, 2021

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — While the Wyoming National Guard was sending more than 100 troops to Washington, D.C., to help with security around President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January, Gov. Mark Gordon quietly mobilized dozens of Guard troops and others in case of violence at the state Capitol in Cheyenne.

The all-but-undisclosed local deployment Jan. 15-21, specifics of which came to light Friday after an inquiry by The Associated Press, stood in stark contrast with the state’s contribution to U.S. Capitol security praised by Gordon and other top Wyoming officials.

“Thank you to the @wyoguard members who are serving our country by providing support at today’s Presidential inauguration. Wyomingites are grateful for your service,” Gordon, a Republican, tweeted on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20.

Wyoming’s congressional delegation — Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis and Rep. Liz Cheney, all Republicans — likewise have posed in photos with and lauded the Wyoming troops at the U.S. Capitol but not those working similar duty back home.

The governor didn’t previously disclose details of the deployment of 60 Army National Guard and 13 Air National Guard members in the Cheyenne area because it was a “security operation,” Gordon spokesman Michael Pearlman said Friday.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-mark-gordon-john-barrasso-wyoming-liz-cheney-c31e12fa9f460dc16499492e5ad0299b

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