Washington, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited nearly two dozen soldiers from the 488th Military Police Company based in Waterville who are currently stationed in Washington, D.C. These members of the Maine National Guard volunteered to travel to D.C. to support local law enforcement agencies in preserving the peace around the U.S. Capitol following the riot on January 6.
“I was honored to thank members of the 488th Military Police Company for their service in helping to support local law enforcement and keep the U.S. Capitol safe,” said Senator Collins. “These brave men and women from the Maine National Guard are carrying out their mission in D.C. with the utmost professionalism, and I am grateful for the sacrifices they have made in leaving their loved ones and jobs to defend our democracy.”
Following the riot on January 6, more than 200 members of the Maine National Guard joined thousands of National Guard troops from across the country in assisting federal law enforcement with protecting the grounds of the U.S. Capitol. Last Sunday, Senator Collins met with Maine National Guard personnel from the 251st Engineer Company based in Norway, the 136th Engineer Company based in Lewiston and Skowhegan, and the 185th Engineer Company based in Houlton who kept the Capitol safe during the presidential inauguration. Several members of these units have extended their assignments and are continuing to serve in D.C.