Lieutenant Colonel Driscoll spoke to the Rotary Club. In attendance were eight veteran Rotarians.

The Rotary Club of Wakefield recently welcomed Lieutenant Colonel Bob Driscoll of the Air National Guard at its lunch meeting. The 30-year military veteran leads the local area’s emergency response which includes the medical unit of MEMA Region 1. His team is included among a larger unit charged with responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive events. Each year, his almost 50-member team serves at the Boston Marathon with roving response experts in an area that covers Hopkington to Brookline. His team can also be activated for natural events such as responding to roof collapses in a snow storm and serve as search and evacuation specialists. Although stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, his $1.2 million in equipment is securely stored at Camp Curtis Guild in Reading in order to, “be able to quickly respond to an event in the Greater Boston area in six hours or less.”

Driscoll also serves as a firefighter in Melrose as well as serving as Chair of the Melrose Veterans Advisory Board. He noted, “The need to support veterans is constant and growing.” He thanked the club for supporting local veteran initiatives in Wakefield noting, “The Rotary Club’s ‘service above self’ motto closely matches the core values of the Air Force including integrity, service before self, and excellence in all we do.”

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