The Capitol under guard

M. Scott Mahaskey
·1 min read

Following the failed insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the National Capital Region was flooded by an unprecedented security response that include nearly 25,000 members of the National Guard just days ahead of the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Unlike military operations overseas, this deployment occurred under the watchful eyes of photographers everywhere. Photojournalists captured the enormity of the troop movements, social media posts expressed both support and alarm and even some military personnel themselves leaked images to members of the media to document difficult working and living conditions.

While not unusual to see armed security personnel on the streets of the Washington, D.C., the spectacle of thousands of soldiers, at times fully armed with weapons of war, was a visual for the ages.

A National Guardsman gets a greeting from a passing dog, as a few Guard posts remain along downtown streets one day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A National Guardsman gets a greeting from a passing dog, as a few Guard posts remain along downtown streets one day after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Robert Earley, center, general manager at We The Pizza, hands donated pizza to members of the National Guard from New York, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington, as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Robert Earley, center, general manager at We The Pizza, hands donated pizza to members of the National Guard from New York, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Washington, as security is increased ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)