Mystery order: Troops providing inauguration security to lose commanding general mid-ceremony

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Something unusual is set to happen during Donald Trump’s inauguration: Nearly 8,000 National Guard troops protecting the nation’s capital will lose their commanding general. It’s unclear who approved the mid-ceremony change in command.

As the commanding officer of the DC National Guard, Major General Errol R. Schwartz is a presidential appointee. Schwartz will not only oversee the 2,700 troops in DC’s Army and Air Force National Guard during the inauguration, but also an additional 5,000 unarmed troops from 40 states and military air support that are part of the Joint Task Force-District of Columbia (JTF-DC).

Schwartz will be removed from his post effective January 20 at 12:01pm local time ‒ as soon as the United States’ commander-in-chief takes office, according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post. A post on the DC Guard’s Facebook page says that he “will retire” and “step-down” at noon.

“The timing is extremely unusual,”

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