• Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard muster on the Boston Common to receive orders for a coordinated response in support of civilian authorities in the wake of the marathon bombings, April 15 2013.

    Massachusetts National Guard supports Boston Police

    Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard muster on the Boston Common to receive orders for a coordinated response in support of civilian authorities in the wake of the marathon bombings, April 15 2013.

  • Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard muster on the Boston Common to receive orders for a coordinated response in support of civilian authorities in the wake of the marathon bombings, April 15 2013.

    Massachusetts National Guard supports Boston Police

    Soldiers and Airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard muster on the Boston Common to receive orders for a coordinated response in support of civilian authorities in the wake of the marathon bombings, April 15 2013.

  • Sgt. Ezequiel Valencia, a human resources sergeant, with the 747 Military Police Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard, looks on as runners begin the 117th Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013, in Hopkinton, Mass. More than 400 Guardsman were on hand to help local law enforcement keep the route clear for an estimated 27,000 runners.

    Guard supports Boston Marathon

    Sgt. Ezequiel Valencia, a human resources sergeant, with the 747 Military Police Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard, looks on as runners begin the 117th Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013, in Hopkinton, Mass. More than 400 Guardsman were on hand...

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. (April 15, 2013) -- The Massachusetts National Guard continues to assist local and state authorities following the explosions in Boston today.

"We offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to the victims of the explosions in Boston today. We are here to assist the Boston Police and provide additional support as it is requested," said Brig. Gen. Paul G. Smith, the Land Component commander, Massachusetts Army National Guard.

More than 400 Guardsmen remain on duty to continue to assist local authorities. All the Guardsmen are accounted for and none were reported injured following today's explosions.

The 211th Military Police Battalion has been called upon to provide security. The Guard is also staging transportation assets such as buses and helicopters.

Additionally, the Massachusetts National Guard's 387th Ordnance Company (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) has been activated; and the 267th Combat Communications Squadron's Joint Incident Site Communications Capability, or JISCC, is headed to Boston to assist with interagency communication.

A JISCC is a wireless broadband that provides computers, web access and telephones to deployed personnel. It has its own satellite so it is stand alone system. It enables state and local emergency responders with communications capabilities.

The Massachusetts Civil Support Team is providing support to civil authorities. Personnel from the New York, New Hampshire and Rhode Island CST's are providing additional support.

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