Secretary Chertoff Visit Massachusetts Military Reservation

BOURNE, Mass., – Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff visited the Massachusetts Military Reservation Wednesday to evaluate the MMR’s potential as a future training and staging site.

Secretary Chertoff was hosted by United States Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and toured Army training facilities, the Coast Guard Northeast Regional Fisheries Training Center and Coast Guard Port Security Unit 301.

The USCG Marine Safety and Security Team Boston demonstrated a mock law enforcement vessel boarding and Secretary Chertoff participated in a range shoot and vertical insertion training.

The MMR is located on the upper western portion of Cape Cod. It includes parts of the towns of Bourne, Mashpee and Sandwich and abuts the town of Falmouth. The MMR covers approximately thirty square miles. It is currently a primary training location for thousands of Homeland Security personnel with ample land and infrastructure for significant training and operational expansion.

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  1. Lester Seymour says:

    Please pass my congratulations to Captain Dan Able for his USCG Base space justification response to the Boston Globe article “Too Much Room for a War Room” that suggested Base downsizing by Scott Lajoie. Dan’s detailed respose was accompanied by one written by me:

    Too Much Room for a War Room????
    Scott,
    Please get your head out of the sand. I don’t usually agree with Kerry, Kennedy and Delahunt but they are right on this one. The fact that we have this sizeable security asset shows the rest of the world we have the potential to protect ourselves and our children. Cutting down this strategic defense position would be suicidal.

    Lester Seymour, Boxford