“It was welcome news when a week ago the barricades around the Capitol complex started to come down. Without credible security threats, we can no longer justify keeping this institution closed off to the American people whose tax dollars not only fund Congress, but as citizens also deserve access to their legislative chambers. Our goal should be to continue this path to fully reopening by allowing our National Guard troops to return home and taking down the remaining barriers.
“To help ensure we can keep a secure posture while also maintaining readiness to respond to future potential threats, we need an experienced Sergeant at Arms who will be committed to protecting the People’s House. After getting an opportunity to speak with Major General William Walker personally at the Speaker’s request, I am confident he possesses the experience, skill set, and vision needed to run the expansive responsibilities of the Office of the Sergeant at Arms.
“Maj. Gen. Walker epitomizes the term public servant. For the past 30 years, he has honorably served his country both in the National Guard and as a Special Agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. As the head of the D.C. National Guard, Maj. Gen. Walker has been responsible for a wide range of operations, both domestic and overseas, including D.C. National Guard’s deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. In this role, he has also been responsible for the DCNG’s training and readiness, which will prove to be invaluable experience as he takes on this new role.
“Every member, staffer, employee, and visitor to the Capitol should feel safe with Maj. Gen. Walker at the helm of Sergeant at Arms operations. We are thankful for his continued service to our country, and I look forward to working with him as he transitions to this new role.”