WESTFIELD – The Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15 Eagles will fly in formation along the route of the Boston Marathon at approximately 9:50 a.m. serving as a symbol of patriotism.
On the ground, highly trained members of the 104th Security Forces Squadron and Explosive Ordinance Disposal team will be integrated with civilian authorities.
Since the first flight as an independent service in 1947, the Air Force has provided our Nation’s most responsive and effective source of global vigilance, reach and power in peacetime and war.
“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, 17 April 2017,” said Lt. Col. Vincent M. Heitman, Commander 104th Security Forces Squadron.?“This event is expected to draw over one million spectators along the route and the 104 SFS will be there to ensure all participants and spectators have a safe and memorable experience.”
While the SFS and EOD troops work with their civilian counterparts to ensure the safety and security of the Boston Marathon the skilled pilots and maintenance troops of the 104th FW will be working to facilitate the patriotic flyover.
The flyovers performed by the 104th Fighter Wing’s F-15 Eagles during special events display the Air National Guard’s presence; serve as a training opportunity for the pilots and ground crews and directly contributes to recruiting future members.
Today’s diverse Airmen stand ready to fly, fight and win against worldwide threats in air, space and cyberspace. Our Air Force is fully engaged as part of America’s Joint Force in every region of the world and every mission area across the full spectrum of military operations.