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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Dr. Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University and members of the 1st Civil Support Team, Massachusetts National Guard, pose after a unique professional development event focusing on homeland security at Hanscom Air Force Base, April 25. (Courtesy photo).
By Maj. Michelle Faucher, 65th Public Affairs Operations Center 

– Members of Massachusetts National Guard as well as local and regional weapons of mass destruction preparedness coordinators recently attended a professional development guest speaker session at the Hanscom Air Force Base. The 1st Civil Support Team, Massachusetts National Guard hosted the unique event.

Dr. Graham Allison, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Mr. Douglas Dillon, Professor of Government at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government were the guest speakers.  Dr Allison has served as special advisor to the secretary of defense under President Reagan and as assistant secretary of defense for policy and plans under President Clinton. He has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal. He served as a member of the defense policy board for secretaries Weinberger, Carlucci, Cheney, Aspin, Perry and Cohen and currently serves on the advisory boards of the secretary of state, secretary of defense and the head of the CIA.

The professional development event was attended by representatives from MIT Lincoln Laboratory’s combating weapons of mass destruction program, the regional FBI weapons of mass destruction coordinator and staff from the Boston FBI office.

Additionally, members of the Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, Massachusetts and Maine’s State Police Fusion Centers, TSA, Air Marshals, Hanscom Air Force Base Civil Engineering Readiness Group, other regional civil support teams and members of the Massachusetts National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Enhanced Response Force, Homeland Response Force and Domestic Office of Military Support were in attendance.

Dr. Allison centered his speech on nuclear and weapons of mass destruction preparedness and the current threat to the homeland.

At the conclusion of the session Dr. Allison was presented with the Minuteman statue and a unit coin by Lt. Col. Martin Spellacy, commander and Capt. Matthew Paquin, medical operations officer, 1st Civil Support Team.