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Photo Caption: Chaplains and chaplain’s assistants with the Massachusetts National Guard talk with Soldiers from the Massachusetts Army National Guard in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Chaplains with the Massachusetts Guard provided spiritual support to those who have responded to the events in Boston. (Photo by Army Maj. Michelle Marie Faucher)

By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy
National Guard Bureau

ARLINGTON, Va. (4/24/13) - Members of the Massachusetts National Guard played a variety of roles in support of local authorities during the running of the Boston Marathon and in the wake of the explosions at the finish line.

Many Soldiers and Airmen took part in security and law enforcement operations but chaplains from the Air and Army National Guard were also present to provide a different type of support.

The chaplains’ operation concluded with the National Guard’s drawdown on April 20. The chaplains provided “ministry support to military members, law enforcement partners, and civilian workers in their area of responsibility,” said Lt. Col. David Berube, chaplain with the Massachusetts National Guard.

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