In a press release issued by Pentagon Press Secretary, John F. Kirby, the National Guard will continue to stay in Washington D.C. until May 23.
This decision was approved by the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, on March 9. The request came from the U.S. Capitol Police.
The statement also read the total service members in D.C. would be 2,300, which is about half of the current force, an estimated 5,000-7,000.
National Guardsmen have been deployed in D.C. since January 6’s Capitol Building Riot.
At its height, there were an estimated Guardsmen 26,000 guarding the inauguration of Joe Biden.
It was previously thought the deployment would end in the middle of March. The cost in upkeep for the original timeframe was close to $500 million.