The Defense Department estimates that National Guard deployments to Washington, D.C., that began in the wake of the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol and expanded to provide security before, during, and after President Joe Biden’s inauguration, will cost a total of $483 million by March 15, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said at a Feb. 8 press briefing.
That projected total includes an expected personnel bill of $284 million and an operational bill of $199 million.
Air National Guard deployments are slated to account for $62 million of that total, $28 million of that for personnel and $34 million to cover the cost of operations, he said.
Of the $421 million the Army National Guard is expected to accrue, $256 million is for personnel and $165 million for operations, Kirby said.
A total of 7,220 National Guard troops from 30 states remained on duty in the District of Columbia as of the morning of Feb. 8, National Guard Bureau spokesperson Air Force Maj. Matt Murphy told Air Force Magazine. That total included 637 citizen-Airmen, he said.