The National Guard soldier who was found dead while off duty in Washington, DC earlier this week has been identified as Specialist Justin Grennell.
Grennell, 26, of Marcellus, New York, was found unanswered in his Washington, DC hotel room on Thursday by his roommate who attempted to revive him before calling 911, local media reported. Syracuse.
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Metropolitan Police are still investigating the death, but no foul play is suspected, a spokesperson for the New York National Guard said.
“Joint Task Force District of Columbia is sad to confirm the death of a member of the National Guard serving in the United States Capitol Security Mission due to an apparent medical emergency. The individual was not in service at the time and the incident is currently under investigation. ” the National Guard said in a statement.
Grennell was part of the massive security effort assigned to the U.S. Capitol following the January 6 riot.
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Earlier this week, the Pentagon ordered 2,000 troops to remain in Washington until May for additional security reasons at the request of Capitol Police.
“This decision was taken after careful consideration of the request and after careful consideration of its potential impact on readiness,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said after the announcement.
The troops are expected to stay until May 23.
Some lawmakers have been frustrated with the Pentagon’s announcement following reports of Guards falling ill and poor conditions while deployed.
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“They proudly answered the call, served our country,” wrote Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Mich., In a letter last week to the head of the National Guard Bureau, following reports from 50 members service with gastrointestinal problems due to insufficient food.
“Our troops are not asking for a five-star resort or expensive food, but at the very least they deserve safe meals to eat,” he continued, adding, “It’s time to bring our troops back to their families. “
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