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. 

New Jersey National Guard troops stand in formation for a picture in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC. (DVIDS)

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby speaking at the Pentagon said that about 1,000 troops will depart within the next few days. 

During the January 6 riot at the Capitol, more than 25,000 Guard members from all 50 states and four territories deployed to Washington DC. That was 10 times the number of troops deployed to Afghanistan at the time. 

The violence in the capital left five people dead and delayed the counting of electoral votes, the final step to ratifying the 2020 presidential election.

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, the retired commander of the 1st Army, was tasked to oversee a security review after the events of January 6. He told CBS News’ Face the Nation that the Capitol will once again be secured by Capitol Police, but that the building will remain closed to the general public because of the strain on the police force.