By Team MOC

In a highly unusual turn of events, the U.S. Army commander of the Washington, D.C. National Guard, Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, has been requested to leave his post on January 20 at 12:01 PM.  The time is curious because at that moment Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States.

D.C. Nat’l Guard general to be removed from post during Inauguration Day
National Guardsmen work crowd control for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. (Photo: Official U.S. Air Force photo, Tech. Sgt. Eric Miller/ New York Air National Guard)

At that time, Schwartz will be in the middle of overseeing what is considered a national special security event– something that he has done for the Bush and Obama administrations. He would “command not only the members of the D.C. guard but also an additional 5,000 unarmed troops sent in from across the country to help. He also would oversee military air support protecting the nation’s capital during the inauguration,” according to the Washington Post.

At this writing, neither the Pentagon or the Trump transition team has made an official comment on the action. It has blindsided Schwartz, who said that when Inauguration Day comes, “I’ll see them [National Guardsmen] off but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.”