Nebraska National Guard shares experience in D.C. for the inauguration
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - After some members of the National Guard were forced to leave the Capitol this week, members of the Nebraska National Guard said they were not a part of it.
Guardsmen and women said they’d take breaks in the parking garages near the Capitol, but were never forced there.
Many members of the Nebraska National Guard said it was a memorable moment, especially for Sgt. Jacob Anderberry.
“It’s kind of one of those things; Right place and the right time,” Sgt. Anderbery said.
Anderberry has served in the Nebraska National Guard for over nine years and chose to dedicate more time to it while in D.C.
“Major Bartholow, he said he’d reenlist anyone if they were willing to do it right now and I kind of thought he was kidding,” Anderbery said.
But, he later found out this wasn’t a joke.
Anderberry said, “I said I would do it. I was kind of kidding but he took it and ran with it and I tried to chicken out but he [Major Bartholow] talked me into it.”
Anderbery committed to six more years in the national guard.
He did so right outside the U.S. Capitol building with Nebraska U.S. Senator Deb Fischer in the audience.
“She showed us around. she got us a little closer than we could get,” Anderbery said.
Nebraska guardsmen and women also met Senator Ben Sasse. They said the senator gave them words of encouragement for their work the past week.
A Nebraska National Guard Lieutenant, Grant Hewitt, said “He just came up to us to speak to us and thanks us for what we were doing and show support for us. we appreciate it a lot.”
Although some members of the national guard had less than ideal days in D.C., members in Nebraska said they won’t forget it anytime soon.
“A lot of us had never been to dc before so getting to see the capitol and all of the monuments around here has been great for a lot of these guys,” Lt. Hewitt said.
All Nebraska guardsmen and women are expected to be back in the state over the next few days.
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