Ky. Guard troops to provide security at inauguration

FRANKFORT, Ky. — When President-Elect Joe Biden is sworn into office next Wednesday, Kentuckians will be among those charged with protecting the inauguration.

Following last week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol, Kentucky was asked to provide troops to the security effort.

“More of our soldiers and airmen have been requested to be there, and we have said yes, absolutely yes,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “It is our job. It is our duty to provide these great Kentuckians to ensure that the peaceful transition of power occurs and to stand up to domestic terror, when we see it.”

The state will contribute about 270 personnel to what is expected to be around 20,000 National Guard troops.

Gov. Beshear also said Guard troops are being activated to provide security and respond to any terror attacks against the state Capitol, but he said he would not provide any specifics on that operation.