(CNN) — Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has ordered the remainder of active duty troops who were brought to the Washington, D.C. area to return to their home base of Fort Drum in New York, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Friday.
CNN reported on Thursday that about 700 of the 1,600 active duty troops who were brought to the Washington area were returning to Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
A small active duty of the “Old Guard” based in Arlington, Virginia, remain on stand by for assistance, McCarthy said.
On Monday the Pentagon announced that 1,600 active duty troops were in the Washington region to be ready if called upon amid unrest over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.
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