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.