Teacher holds class as he is deployed to US Capitol as part of National Guard

WASHINGTON — About 20,000 members of the National Guard have left, or will leave, their homes to protect the U.S. Capitol and the surrounding area after rioters breached the halls of Congress.

But one guardsman on the domestic front line is still able to do his civilian job while on military orders.

Dr. Jake Kohut, a Fairfax County, Virginia, teacher, is holding virtual class while he is serving his country, WJLA reported.

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Canterbury Woods Elementary School shared a photo of the band teacher holding class while between his shifts at the Capitol.


Kohut told WJLA he is also putting his students’ minds at ease with the situation that is going on in Washington.

“I try to give an explanation ahead of time explaining what is going on and make sure they aren’t worried about us or me or anything like that,” the citizen-soldier told WJLA.

The U.S. Army also posted about Kohut’s dedication, saying that they are proud of the sergeant.

By next week, around 20,000 other members of the National Guard from across the country will be securing the capital city, NPR reported.

The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris scheduled for Jan. 20 has been designated as a “national special security event,” according to NPR.

The troops will be armed and will be responsible for security around the Capitol complex the Department of Defense said Thursday, The Washington Post reported.

Dozens of groups, some claiming they will be armed, have applied to hold protests in Washington, the newspaper reported.