US Guard Provides Aid in Wake of Snowstorm

MILFORD, Mass., Oct. 31, 2011 — Mass­a­chu­setts Gov. Deval Patrick mobi­lized the Nation­al Guard on Oct. 29 in response to a severe snow­storm that impact­ed the commonwealth’s cen­tral and west­ern regions, and oth­er parts of New Eng­land.

About 392 Guard mem­bers are on duty in Mass­a­chu­setts, parts of which had received near­ly two feet of snow, Nation­al Guard Bureau offi­cials said. About 40 Guard mem­bers were called up for duty in Con­necti­cut and a dozen in New Hamp­shire, offi­cials said.

In Mass­a­chu­setts, the Guard is assist­ing the commonwealth’s Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency in gen­er­al relief efforts.

Guard mem­bers are pro­vid­ing sup­port to civ­il author­i­ties in response to the after­math of the win­ter storm, offi­cials said, in order to save lives, pre­vent fur­ther injury and pro­tect crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture.

In Mass­a­chu­setts, pri­or­i­ty of aid will be giv­en to com­mu­ni­ties in the high­er ele­va­tions of Berk­shire, Franklin, Hamp­shire and Worces­ter coun­ties. The Guard also is mon­i­tor­ing coastal com­mu­ni­ties in antic­i­pa­tion of high tidal surge.

“Mass­a­chu­setts Nation­al Guard sol­diers and air­men stand ready to assist the cit­i­zens of the com­mon­wealth,” said Army Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, the commonwealth’s adju­tant gen­er­al. “I know the ded­i­cat­ed men and women of the Mass­a­chu­setts Nation­al Guard are eager to put their train­ing and skills to good use.”

The Mass­a­chu­setts Nation­al Guard’s Task Force Patri­ot is pro­vid­ing com­mand and con­trol of sol­diers, air­men and equip­ment from the 51st Troop Com­mand, 151st Region­al Sup­port Group, 126th Brigade Sup­port Bat­tal­ion, 211th Mil­i­tary Police Bat­tal­ion, 101st Engi­neer Bat­tal­ion, 65th Pub­lic Affairs Oper­a­tions Cen­ter, 104th Fight­er Wing, 102nd Intel­li­gence Wing and the 267th Com­bat Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Squadron.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)