Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs
Spc. Brandon Smith, 169th Military Police Company, Rhode Island Army National Guard, pulls security during the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon, April 21, 2014. Approximately 600 Massachusetts National Guardsmen are deployed along the route to assist local authorities in ensuring that the 2014 Boston Marathon is as safe as realistically possible. Due to the record number of runners this year, Guardsmen from numerous states are augmenting the Massachusetts National Guard's own specialized units.