WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The 104th Fighter Wing announced on Friday that they will be conducting a flyover during this year’s Boston Marathon, and also providing security on the ground.
According to 104th Spokesperson Lt. Col. Brenda Hendricksen, F-15 Eagles from the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield will fly in formation along the Boston Marathon route, at around 9:50 a.m. Monday. She said, “Skilled pilots and maintenance troops of the 104th will be working to facilitate the patriotic flyover.”
The flyovers at special events show the Air National Guard’s presence and serve as a training opportunity for the pilots and ground crews, Lt. Col. Hendricksen said. This is also used as a way to recruit future members.
The security at this year’s Boston Marathon will include assistance from multiple law enforcement agencies, including members of the 104th Security Forces Squadron and Explosive Ordinance Disposal team, who will be on the ground walking among the people.
Lt. Col. Vincent M. Heitman, Commander of the 104th Security Forces Squadron, issued the following statement:
The 104th Security Forces Squadron is a critical part of the Massachusetts National Guard Reaction Force and will be partnered with state and local law enforcement during the 121st Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17th.
This event is expected to draw over one million spectators along the route and the 104th Security Forces Squadron will be there to ensure all participants and spectators have a safe and memorable experience.