Esper orders D.C.-deployed fed. troops from outside the District to return home

Esper orders D.C.-deployed fed. troops from outside the District to return home
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. DOD

[Ed. – The Guard is still there. This affects units that came from New York and North Carolina.  The Guard contingent – which is under the president’s command – includes troops augmenting the D.C. Guard from the Utah National Guard, which remain in the capital for now.]

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday ordered the remaining active-duty soldiers who had been on standby in the Washington, D.C., area back to their home bases after several days of peaceful protests in the nation’s capital.

The troops from the 91st Military Police Battalion based in Fort Drum, N.Y., will return to their state, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told reporters at the Pentagon, as reported by multiple outlets. …

The active-duty troops were never used to respond to unrest.

Trending: Quote of the Day: ‘I’m Joe Biden’s husband, Joe Biden’

About 700 troops from the group, units from the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg, N.C., were directed home on Thursday.

Continue reading →