by Senior Airman Erica Rodrigues
113th Wing Public Affairs
9/24/2015 - WASHINGTON -- More
than 150 Airmen from the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard volunteered
as task force support for visit of Pope Francis here, Sep. 22-24.
Sworn-in and deputized by the D.C. Metropolitan Police as special
police, the Airmen served as a standing police force for the event that
attracted thousands of spectators to the D.C. area.
Domestic operations is one of the many ways the 113th Wing supports its
community. This event, Operation Roman Watch, was a culmination of both
Army and Air Force from the D.C. National Guard.
"There are over 500 Guardsmen in this task force which makes the
logistics difficult, but as Capital Guardians, we are trained and
equipped to handle this mission," said Capt. Duane Peterson, Operation
Roman Watch deputy task force commander. "We are happy to support the
local community and making this a safe event for all is our honor," said
Proper training prepared all members for event. As task force, members
maintained crowd and traffic control, as well as enforcing the law.
"Operation Roman Watch was my first task force," said Airman 1st Class
Darla Robertson, 113th Maintenance Squadron aircraft electrician. "My
duties included security checks for those who attended the parade. I was
excited and nervous about the event, but the briefing and training for
the task force prepared me for it."
The event proved to be another successful domestic operation from the D.C. National Guard.