WASHINGTON, DC - A total of 265 Iowa National Guard troops are in Washington to help provide security for Wednesday's presidential inauguration.
The soldiers were expected to arrive over the weekend.
Only 15 Iowa guard members were originally scheduled to go, but the state agreed to massively boost the number after recent riots at the U.S. Capitol.
The Iowa soldiers are among more than 25,000 that are going through special vetting as a safety precaution against insider threats.
The troops from the state were sent from bases in Sioux City, Des Moines and Boone. They include Airmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City and the 132nd Wing in Des Moines, plus Soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.