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Congratulations General Hammond! MONSTRAT VIAM!!!
05/28/2020

Congratulations General Hammond! MONSTRAT VIAM!!!

Congratulations to Brigadier General John Hammond for being selected as a 2020 Military Police Hall of Fame inductee. Brigadier General John A. "Jack" Hammond served with distinction in the Military Police Corps Regiment throughout a career spanning over 31 years. His combat service during Operation Iraqi Freedom as commander of the 211th Military Police Battalion (First Corps of Cadets) required him to simultaneously command two separate battalion-level combined arms task forces. BG Hammond commanded the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade during a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. BG Hammond is the only Military Police general officer to command a Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in combat. Since his retirement in 2012, BG Hammond has served as the Executive Director of "Home Base" a Boston Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital partnership program.

Check out pages 22 and 23 for awesome articles about the 211th Military Police Battalion and 747th Military Police Compa...
05/28/2020
Minuteman Magazine - May 2020

Check out pages 22 and 23 for awesome articles about the 211th Military Police Battalion and 747th Military Police Company! Great job soldiers!

Official Magazine of the Massachusetts National Guard.

May you have a happy, SAFE, and thoughtful Memorial Day from our VAFCC family to yours. MONSTRAT VIAM
05/25/2020

May you have a happy, SAFE, and thoughtful Memorial Day from our VAFCC family to yours. MONSTRAT VIAM

05/25/2020

Memorial Day 2020 Ceremony broadcasted live 25th of May 2020 at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

What a fun event! Our Curator will be running will you?
05/15/2020

What a fun event! Our Curator will be running will you?

TOMORROW begins the GuardFit Challenge Virtual 5k! You can run any time this weekend, just be sure to BE SAFE, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE, and share your images/videos with us for a FREE run t-shirt! 🎽

❇️WHAT: The Massachusetts GuardFit Challenge Virtual 5k

❇️WHEN: 🇺🇸 Armed Forces Day Weekend (This Weekend!)

❇️WHERE: Anywhere! Get out on the road, on your favorite trail, a treadmill, or even in your own back yard, just be sure to maintain your social distance and wear a proper face covering 😷 as required/appropriate. Be safe!

❇️HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Just get out and RUN! Be sure to tag 🤳 @MANationalGuard and use #MAGuardFitChallenge5k to receive your exclusive run shirt! 🎽

T-SHIRT ELIGIBILITY: Participants must post evidential media of their participation on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram tagging @MANationalGuard and using the hashtag #MAGuardFitChallenge5k between 12:01AM on 16 MAY 2020 and 11:59PM on 17 MAY 2020 in order to qualify. T-shirts available while supplies last. Recipients will be notified on Monday, 18 MAY in order to coordinate sizing and delivery of race t-shirts.

U.S. Army Center of Military History
05/08/2020

U.S. Army Center of Military History

WWII IN EUROPE ENDS WITH #VEDAY75

The world rejoices 75 Years ago today with the official news of the Victory in Europe (V-E Day) and an end to #WWII in Europe. The contributions of the #USArmy were extremely significant.

U.S. Army Generalship proved remarkably effective as their theories of war were put to the test on the battlefields with enormous success. It was however, the steadfast determination, courage and tenacity of the American Soldier that broke the German ability and will to resist. #Armyhistory #Soldiers

05/06/2020
VAFCC museum during the flyover!

Thank you 104th Fighter Wing for today’s flyover! What a treat! And thank you to all the medical professionals and Massachusetts National Guard for keeping everyone safe and healthy! MONSTRAT VIAM!
(Video provided by our museum curator!)
#masssalutes #AFFlyover #airforcesalutes

Congratulations to all! MONSTRAT VIAM!
05/05/2020

Congratulations to all! MONSTRAT VIAM!

Soldiers re-up in the middle of a pandemic

Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard take the oath of enlistment at a re-enlistment ceremony held at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, May 4, 2020.

Great work 211th Military Police Battalion 972nd Military Police Company 772nd Military Police Company 747th Military Po...
05/01/2020

Great work 211th Military Police Battalion 972nd Military Police Company 772nd Military Police Company 747th Military Police Company!

Mass. National Guard Supports Civil Authorities

By Air Force Capt. Aaron Smith, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs

The coronavirus is a pandemic that’s unprecedented in many of our lifetimes, and it is straining institutions all across America. This crisis is putting pressure on everything from hospitals to grocery stores, and affects first responders who continue working in our communities to keep the public safe.

While countless police departments across the country are feeling the virus’ impact, some are particularly hard-it. The 2,800 member Detroit Police Department, in one example, had 180 officers test positive and over 1,000 personnel quarantined by mid-April. The Boston Police Department has endured dozens of infections as well, with one 29-year veteran officer recently succumbing to the virus.

Massachusetts has a resource that is providing assistance to law enforcement during this crisis. By using specially trained Massachusetts National Guard members to augment local police forces, the Commonwealth is providing some relief to departments in need.

“In times of emergency, we have a pool of highly-trained personnel with state-wide law enforcement authorities, that can be drawn upon to assist civilian law enforcement and help ensure public safety and security,” said Lt. Col. Bryan Pillai, 211th Military Police Battalion commander. “It’s sort of a civics lesson, but every state maintains the ability to conduct internal law enforcement, and the National Guard is directly subordinate to each state governor. In fact, using the National Guard to support law enforcement is ingrained in our history and the exact opposite of martial law, where forces would answer to federal authorities.”

The Massachusetts National Guard developed a special unit, called the National Guard Reaction Force, several years ago to provide exactly this type of support. Under the leadership of the 211th Military Police Battalion, the NGRF is comprised of the 747th, 772nd, and 972nd Military Police Companies; the 102nd and 104th Security Forces Squadrons; and a specially trained Infantry company. During the last few weeks, NGRF personnel have been helping to augment a variety of local police forces across Massachusetts.

“When asked, we generally integrate our personnel into the police department and provide them direct assistance. The point is that we’re not coming in and trying to take over anything; we’re looking to augment the departments and take direction from civil authorities. Whenever practical, we prefer to use the supported department’s own policies and procedures, operate on their radio frequencies, and so on,” said Pillai.

This isn’t the first time Guard members have worked with local police. The Massachusetts National Guard has a long history of working and training alongside local departments. Although the Boston Marathon is postponed this year, in years prior, the Guard has partnered with police departments all along the route, in every city from Hopkinton to Boston, to help augment their forces and keep the public safe. Similarly, each year the Guard also partners with the Massachusetts State Police to support Boston’s 4th of July celebration on the Esplanade, which typically draws hundreds of thousands of spectators.

The National Guard has supported and performed local law enforcement since its inception in 1636, well over 200 years before the Boston Police Department, credited as the nation’s oldest police department, was founded. “The NGRF’s mission today is firmly rooted in our militia tradition as the country’s original community-based solution to public safety in times of need,” Pillai said.

Military Police and Security Forces from the Mass. National Guard also have a capability that no other state can claim.

“All Military Police Soldiers and Security Forces Airmen graduate from police training programs that receive Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation, which is the same accreditation all federal law enforcement services receive, including the Secret Service and the Marshal Service,” Pillai said.

The Commonwealth then takes it a step further, providing additional instruction on the differences between the military’s FLETA-certified programs and the training standards for Massachusetts civilian police officers, which are set forth by the Municipal Police Training Committee.

The intent is to certify as many Military Police and Security Forces personnel as possible on the Massachusetts standards.

“This training enhances the capabilities of Soldiers and Airmen in their federal mission in case they are sent overseas, better prepares them to serve the Commonwealth in emergencies such as the current pandemic response, and saves money for cities and towns who decide to employ our personnel. The real winner here is the taxpayer,” Pillai said.

This whole-of-government approach that pays for training once and counts it twice is also a recruiting and retention tool.
“It makes part-time service members, the very core of the National Guard, extremely competitive for civilian employment as a police officer,” Pillai said. “Not only are our personnel trained to the standards required for civilian police officers, which gets them on the street faster, they are also physically fit and culturally attuned to disciplined community service.”

One Soldier working to help support law enforcement in the fight against COVID-19 is 1st Lt. Joshua Griffith from Beverly who is supervising Military Police operations at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center in support of the Boston Police Department. 1st Lt. Griffith is tasked with ensuring public safety and security for the 1,000 bed medical facility named Boston Hope.

“It’s an honor to serve our community in the National Guard, especially when our help is most needed,” said Griffith. “There’s a lot of emotion around this pandemic and we’re able to draw on our law enforcement training to de-escalate situations and provide comfort to those we come in contact with. We’re here to keep patients and healthcare workers safe, and it’s a mission I take very seriously.”

05/01/2020

In order to allow people to watch the Mayor of Boston at 12:30 we are moving First Corps of Cadets Online to 1:00 PM EST (1300) thank you! And see you there! 

04/29/2020

Need some reading material during quarantine? Want to help the museum? Shop our bookstore online! We have many books covering topics from Fort Devens to the history of Back Bay. We ship right to your front door. Check out the link below and thank you for your support during this time!
https://www.vafcc.org/museum-store?category=Books

04/27/2020

We want to ask you! Would you be interested in mini video lessons (not live) covering topics such as FCC Commander bios, events in more detail, or battle breakdowns among other topics?

Looking good keep it up!
04/25/2020

Looking good keep it up!

COVID Task Force General recognizes Guardsmen serving on Nantucket and the Cape

04/24/2020

SURPRISE! Today on First Corps Online we will be talking about STRIKES! (we will get to Korea and Vietnam next week we promise!) Join us live here at noon! See you there!

04/23/2020

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow at noon here on Facebook live for First Corps of Cadets Online!

Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First
04/20/2020

Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First

"One of the most important things we can do on this earth right now is to let people know they are not alone." - SPC Alan Navarro, 211th Military Police Battalion #InThisTogether #COVID19nationalguard #usnationalguard #VoicesofMass #AlwaysReadyAlwaysThere

It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek and the museum would like to highlight and appreciate our museum volunteers Ron Brennan and ...
04/20/2020

It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek and the museum would like to highlight and appreciate our museum volunteers Ron Brennan and Chief Ed Stedman! Museum volunteers are vital to our operation and we can’t thank you enough for all your help! THANK YOU!!

Great work LTC Pillai! MONSTRAT VIAM 211th Military Police Battalion!
04/19/2020

Great work LTC Pillai! MONSTRAT VIAM 211th Military Police Battalion!

211th MP Bn Commander, LTC Pillai, briefing the CSA during the CSAs visit with the @MANationalGuard. Great job Bryan! Very proud of all our great MP National Guard units that are on the front line to win this fight! Assist, Protect, Defend!

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04/17/2020

Remember to come join our curator at noon today here on Facebook live for First Corps of Cadets Online! Today is World War Two edition! See you there!

Wonderful photo and wonderful message 211th Military Police Battalion!
04/14/2020

Wonderful photo and wonderful message 211th Military Police Battalion!

Photo of the Day: Airmen and Soldiers of the Massachusetts National Guard take a photo with medical staff as they respond together to help their communities during the #COVID19 response. Security Forces Airmen from the 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass., and Soldiers with the 747th Military Police Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard, are providing 24-hour security for testing sites and shelters for the homeless who may be positive COVID-19. #CombatCovid19 #NationalGuard

Keep up the great work 747th Military Police Company 211th Military Police Battalion!
04/08/2020

Keep up the great work 747th Military Police Company 211th Military Police Battalion!

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass.—Soldiers and Airmen from the Massachusetts National Guard have been mobilized to Springfield, Mass. to augment the Springfield Police Department, April 8, 2020.

The Guardsmen are currently assigned to provide 24 hour security at a field hospital being set up in western Massachusetts’ largest city. They are scheduled to continue that mission once the hospital opens. The facility is slated to identify and treat COVID-19 patients primarily within the city’s homeless population.

The soldiers and airmen assigned to this mission are trained military police officers from the Army’s 747th Military Police Company and security forces specialists from the Air Force’s 104th Security Forces Squadron.

The guardsmen are ready and able to handle most situations that may arise in and around the facility, but will still immediately notify Springfield Police of any incident, said 2nd Lt. Ian DeLuca.

The Massachusetts National Guard is supporting civil authorities across the commonwealth utilizing all facets of its capabilities and assets as the state battles against the spread COVID-19.

#whereisKilroyWednesday today? Playing VAFCC Bingo! He currently has 12 squares checked off. How many can you check off?...
04/08/2020

#whereisKilroyWednesday today? Playing VAFCC Bingo! He currently has 12 squares checked off. How many can you check off? Can you get a bingo? Share your bingo card below!

Awesome job Ma’am! 747th Military Police Company 211th Military Police Battalion
04/07/2020

Awesome job Ma’am! 747th Military Police Company 211th Military Police Battalion

We're going to be highlighting our Junior Leaders over the coming weeks.

Here is First Lieutenant Samantha Boyle:

1LT Samantha Boyle graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Master of Science degree in Athletic Training, while simultaneously participating in the Boston University Army ROTC program. She commissioned in the Massachusetts National Guard — The Nation's First as a Military Police Officer in 2017. After graduating BOLC in 2018, she became a Platoon Leader in the 747th Military Police Company where she is currently serving as the Executive Officer. 1LT Boyle resides in the Bronx, NY, where she works as a Regimental Battalion Officer at the SUNY Maritime College. Her aspirations include becoming a Company Commander in the MAARNG and participating in the State Partnership Program to broaden her experiences both foreign and domestic.

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Eugene Wentworth (in center on second row) from Peabody, MA. From photo of Headquarters Battery 211th CA(AA) Nov. 12, 1941
Col. Stuart G. Hall 211th C.A. (AA) at Camp Hulen Midland, Texas
Picture of the 211th in Midland Texas on 4/20/1941 The Roxbury Gang Top Row - E.J. Rollins, E. Mohan, E.A. Rollins, Henry Gogan, Bob Hayes Middle Row - Donald MacDonald, Pete Watson, "Ace" Heaney, "Willy" MacDonald, Bill Kennedy, "Buddy" MacDonald First Row - Fred Downey, George Aherenian, Bob "Kelly" Rubin, Charles "Tissy" Tisdale, Johnny Dixon Their full Names Top Row - Edward J. Rollins, Edward F. Mohan, Edward A. Rollins, Joseph H. Gogan, Robert L. Hayes Middle Row - Donald R. MacDonald, Peter J. Watson, R. Ace Heaney, William D. MacDonald, William J. Kennedy, Buddy MacDonald First Row - Fred L Downey, George R, Aherenian (George Changed surname to Roland after the war), Robert K. Rubin, John C. Dixon
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