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VOLUME 32 NO. 6
MASSACHUSETTS MILITARY RESERVATION 02542
Coast Guard News
PAVE PAWS celebrates 30 years
Coast Guard Housing
During the month of June the Massachusetts Army National Guard will be hosting the largest training exercise aboard the Massachusetts Military Reservation since World War II. Units from all over New England will be conducting annual training in preparation for deployments overseas. The majority of this training will take place in the ranges training areas North of Connery Avenue. However, movement of troops to and from the training areas as well as housing of the participants will impact your daily routine and recreational activities. Some impacts to you:
There will be an increase in traffic volume at all
gates during the mornings and afternoon commutes. Most noticeably, before 0730 and after 1600. This will include a substantial increase in traffic on Connery Avenue 7 days a week.
There will be a noticeable increase of troop
movements and tactical vehicles on the main roads and
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Story by 2Lt Keturah Spence, 6th Space Warning Squadron Public Affairs
On April 4, 1980, the PAVE PAWS radar that sits atop Flatrock Hill began operation. On May 15, 2010, the military personnel, DoD civilians, and BAE personnel of the 6th Space Warning Squadron celebrated the 30th anniversary of PAVE PAWS at Cape Cod Air Force Station. Special guests were in attendance to commemorate the occasion, including Colonel Stephen Whiting and Colonel Nina Armagno, who have both served at 6 SWS within their careers. They now respectfully serve as the Commander, 21st Space Wing and Commander, 21st Operations Group of Peterson AFB, CO.
For 30 years, PAVE PAWS has protected the east coast of North America from sea and land strikes by enemy missiles. The radar has the distinction of being the first U.S. phased array warning system in the country. Every day, the 10-story radar station, which sits at the northeastern point of the MMR, uses 3,584 active antenna elements to detect ballistic missiles and thousands of earth-orbiting satellites.
We, the men and women of 6 SWS, wish to thank the MMR and Cape Cod communities for your support as we prepare to usher in another 30 years of excellence.
6 SWS members TSgt Shank, SSgt Dean, SGT Southwell (CF), and TSgt Yamamoto present the U.S. and Canadian flags during the opening ceremonies.
Air StAtion CApe Cod HAppeningS
Mark your calendar for the next Veterinary Clinic July 15 & 16, 1030 - 3:00 each day, Housing Bldg “garage”
Family Night Bike Rodeo, 11 June, 5:00, Crosswinds Activity Center parking lot.
Multi sports camp coming to Air Station Cape Cod Aug. 2-6. Must register by July 23.
Air Station Cape Cod has one of the largest Education Services Offices in D1, serving many outlying units. If you are thinking about starting, continuing, or finishing a college degree, it can be done here at Air Station Cape Cod. The Training and Education Department may be reached at 508-968-6440.
Operation: Marathon Boston Marathon Support
By Capt. Evan Lagasse
ing Public Affairs
Courtesy of the Seagull
The runners were only visible via cable television and the crowd noise was not within earshot as Massachusetts National Guardsmen from two units supported the 114th Boston Marathon from a location 30 miles away from the race’s starting line.
Eighteen members of the Army National Guard’s 79th Troop Command and seven members of the Air National Guard’s 267th Combat Communications Squadron worked as a Joint team April 19, at the 79th Troop Command headquarters in Rehoboth, Mass.
LTC Charles “Chuck” Perenick at Camp Edwards
Duxbury resident LTC (Promotable) Charles “Chuck” Perenick assumed Command of the 101st Regiment and became the Commandant of the Massachusetts Military Academy, the Nation’s oldest State run military academy earlier this year. In addition to LTC (P) Perenick being class President and a graduate of OCS Class 49 in 1981, he is one of six Perenicks’ who have served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Beginning his career at the age of 16 ½ in 1979, LTC (P) Perenick graduated the state run academy in 1981while obtaining his BS degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His 30 year career with the Massachusetts National Guard consists of Military Police, Infantry, Combat Engineers, Public Affairs and now Commander of the 101st Regiment home of both the Massachusetts Military Academy (MMA) which has trained soldiers since 1927 to become Commissioned Officer, Non Commissioned Officers and Warrant Officers. In addition to being the Commandant of the Academy Perenick is also the Commander of the 101st Regiment which hosts the Regional Training Institute (RTI). The RTI is a Regional Training Institute which hosts military classes of which soldiers attend from throughout the world.
The primary mission of the 79th Troop Command soldiers was to provide command and control (C2) from the 79th Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for the more than 400 soldiers and airmen who were providing security along the marathon route
“We are providing command and control and communications for the Boston Marathon; for the 400-plus soldiers and airmen that are activated. We coordinate with all the different units that provide soldiers and airmen to the field and we make sure they have lunches, bottled water and the right equipment. We also coordinate to get the buses to pick them up at their local armory and move them to their ‘link up’ location, which is traditionally a police station in each of the towns, where they get their Rules of
Staff Sergeant Michael Forte, 267th Combat Communications Squadron, establishes robust communications using the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC).
Staff Sergeant Michael Forte (left) and Staff Sgt. Jonathon Fiore, 267th Combat Communications Squadron, troubleshoot the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability’s (JISCC) satellite equipment during the Massachusetts National Guard’s support of the 114th Boston Marathon, April 19, in Rehoboth, Mass.
Engagement (ROE) briefing and then we track them for pay and accountability purposes,” said Maj. Jeffrey Winn, 79th Troop Command executive officer.
While the 79th Troop Command soldiers were providing C2 from their primary EOC, the 267th Combat Communications Squadron airmen were prepared to provide a robust backup communications service using their Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) system which was set up behind the 79th Troop Command Headquarters.
“We are supporting the 79th Troop Command soldiers that are managing all of the National Guard troops supporting the Boston Marathon. The JISCC is a turn- key communications solution for small teams. We provide 15 laptops and phones with capability for additional user instruments as well. The [JISCC] is transportable, robust and relatively easy to configure and deploy in a short time frame,” said Capt. Joseph Friel, Joint Incident Site Communications Capability officer in charge.
After the initial wave of runners had crossed the finish line, the Guardsmen took advantage of a valuable training opportunity. The 79th and 267th servicemembers demonstrated the capability to conduct their EOC operations in field conditions. The 79th soldiers set up two tents and
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