Utah National Guard share stories and photos of deployment to Washington, DC

in Government/People

One by one, members of the Utah National Guard’s 19th Special Forces Group stood with their head back as healthcare workers —fully shielded in personal protective equipment — pushed a swab up their noses.

Making faces as the uncomfortable process ended, soldiers were released Monday either to return home or to Camp Williams. They were ordered to self-quarantine at least until their COVID-19 test results arrive.

Out of one crisis, back to another.

The group of 200 spent a week guarding the White House, taking turns manning the protest line, picking up debris, and painting over graffiti.

A week ago, the team received word in the morning they needed to be on an eastbound plane by evening. Not since Hurricane Katrina had there been such an urgent call for Utah’s guard to help another state.

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