Executive Order

Executive Order No. 9: Civil defense air raid warnings; and ground observation corps created under National Guard

Date: 01/24/1951
Issuer: Paul A. Dever
Revoked by: Executive Order 28

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WHEREAS, the Aircraft Warning Service is designed to function as a vital part of the Air Defense System of the United States Air Force; and

WHEREAS, the operation of the Aircraft Warning Service requires the establishment of Observation Posts and the organization of a Ground Observer Corps; and

WHEREAS, the United States Air Force has provided a plan for the establishment of Observation Posts to provide uniform coverage of the air surveillance area in this Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the Observation Posts so established are to be manned, when necessary, by volunteer civilian members of the Ground Observer Corps; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States on December 16, 1950, did proclaim a state of national emergency and thereafter on the same date the Governor did proclaim that a state of emergency exists for the reason that the peace and security of the Commonwealth are endangered by the imminent threat of belligerent acts of enemies of the United States:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Paul A. Dever, Governor of the Commonwealth, acting under the provisions of the Acts of 1950, chapter 639, and all other authority vested in me, do hereby issue this order to cope with the existing state of emergency and as part of the comprehensive plan and program for the Civil Defense of the Commonwealth.

  1. The Adjutant General of the Commonwealth shall be responsible for the organization and administration of Observation Posts of the Ground Observer Corps in conformity with the rules and regulations of the United States Air Force.
  2. The Adjutant General is authorized to appoint members of his military staff as Liaison Officers, whose duty it shall be to assist him in discharging his responsibilities under this order.
  3. Each city or town selected as the site of an Observation post of the Ground Observer Corps shall assist and co-operate with the Adjutant General in the organization and administration of such Observation Post.
  4. All departments, divisions and agencies of the Commonwealth shall assist and co-operate with the Adjutant General in carrying out the provisions of this order.

GIVEN at the Executive Chamber in Boston this twenty-fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventy-fifth.

By His Excellency the Governor, Paul A. Dever

Edward J. Cronin,
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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