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Massachusetts Guard Mobilizes to Support Severe October Snowstorm 
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Spc. Seth Tuper 

WILBRAHAM, Mass. – Spc. Seth Tuper, a combat engineer, 379th Engineer Company, 101st Engineer Battalion, Massachusetts Army National Guard, direct traffic around a tree that had fallen on Springfield Street, blocking half the road and creating a potential traffic hazard, here, October 30, 2011. As Tuper, a resident of Florida, Massachusetts, directed traffic, other Soldiers from his unit used chain saws to quickly cut down the tree. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jerry Saslav, 65th PAOC)

By Army Lt. Col. James Sahady, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs   

MILFORD, Mass. – Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick mobilized the Massachusetts National Guard late Saturday evening in response to a rare October snowstorm that dumped nearly two-feet of snow in areas of Central and Western Massachusetts.

The Guard and is preparing to assist the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in general relief efforts across the commonwealth.

Soldiers and Airmen were called state active duty to provide support to civil authorities in response to the current winter storm conditions in order to save lives, prevent further injury and protect critical infrastructure.

The Massachusetts National Guard will provide disaster response to the citizens of the Commonwealth in the aftermath of the October snowstorm. Priority will be to communities in the higher elevations of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, and Worcester counties. The Mass. Guard will also closely monitor coastal communities in anticipation of high tidal surge.

Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers and Airmen stand ready to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth. I know the dedicated men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard are eager to put their training and skills to good use,” said Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard.

Our immediate task is to develop and fine tune emergency response plans and evaluate conditions pending specific support taskings from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency,” Carter said.

The Massachusetts National Guard’s Task Force Patriot will provide 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.

10/31/2011 

Members of the Mass. Air National Guard from the 104th Fighter Wing begin clearing roadways

WILBRAHAM, Mass. - Master Sgt. Kuras, from the 104th Fighter Wing, surveys a tree resting on power lines as he helps clear Soule Road in Wilbraham Mass. following a record-setting October snow storm, leaving most of Western Massachusetts without power. The members of the Air National Guard are part of a larger Mass. National Guard State Support Mission, supporting the citizens of Massachusetts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Matthew T. Mutti, 104 FW)

Members of the Mass. Air National Guard from the 104th Fighter Wing begin clearing roadways

WILBRAHAM, Mass. - Members of the Mass. Air National Guard from the 104th Fighter Wing begin clearing roadways in Wilbraham Mass. following a record-setting October snow storm, leaving most of Western Massachusetts without power. The members of the Air National Guard are part of a larger Mass. National Guard State Support Mission, supporting the citizens of Massachusetts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Matthew T. Mutti, 104 FW)