National Guard troops are set to leave DC and turn over security of the area to Capitol Police, five months after being mobilized during the protest and subsequent riot inside the Capitol building on January 6. 

The National Guard troops’ mission ended on Sunday. 

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin praised the troops who deployed to the Capitol and the district during and after January’s events.

“These airmen and soldiers protected not only the grounds but the lawmakers working on those grounds, ensuring the people’s business could continue unabated. They lived out in very tangible ways the oath they took to support and defend the Constitution,” Austin said Monday.