Westover Air Force Reserve Base http://wamc.org en Patrick's Offer To Use Air Base To House Immigrant Children Questioned http://wamc.org/post/patricks-offer-use-air-base-house-immigrant-children-questioned <p></p><p><a href="http://wamc.org/post/western-mass-base-could-be-used-house-immigrant-children" target="_blank">Responding to a federal request Friday morning</a>, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has offered <a href="http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/JBCC/index.html" target="_blank">Camp Edwards</a> on Cape Cod and <a href="http://www.westover.afrc.af.mil/index.asp" target="_blank">Westover Air Reserve Base</a> in Chicopee as two locations to house up to 1,000 immigrant children. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:42:03 +0000 Jim Levulis 95224 at http://wamc.org Patrick's Offer To Use Air Base To House Immigrant Children Questioned Downsizing Will Impact Western Mass. Military Base http://wamc.org/post/downsizing-will-impact-western-mass-military-base <p>The Air Force is downsizing a base in western Massachusetts.&nbsp; The Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee is going to lose both aircraft and jobs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> The Air Force is going to transfer half of the fleet of 16 C-5 cargo planes now assigned to Westover to a base in Texas and eliminate 334 jobs.&nbsp; The changes are the result of deep budget cuts at the Pentagon.&nbsp; Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain, the commander of the 439<sup>th</sup> airlift wing at Westover, said people on the base were saddened, but not terribly surprised by Monday’s announcement.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 89205 at http://wamc.org Downsizing Will Impact Western Mass. Military Base Westover Base Facing Cuts To Fleet, Jobs http://wamc.org/post/westover-base-facing-cuts-fleet-jobs <p>Air Force officials say half of the 16 giant C-5 cargo planes based currently at the Westover Air Force Reserve base in Chicopee will be transferred to a base in Texas resulting in the loss of 300 jobs. The cuts were announced in a press release this morning. Brig General Steven Vautrain, who is the commander of the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover, is scheduled to hold a news conference shortly on the base. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 14:45:35 +0000 Paul Tuthill 89167 at http://wamc.org Westover Base Facing Cuts To Fleet, Jobs Chicopee Casino Proposal Dies As Potential Developers Opt For Slots License http://wamc.org/post/chicopee-casino-proposal-dies-potential-developers-opt-slots-license <p>A long shot bid by the city of Chicopee to get into the casino competition in Massachusetts has failed. But, the city’s mayor says Chicopee does not need casino money to survive</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:45:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 58208 at http://wamc.org Chicopee Casino Proposal Dies As Potential Developers Opt For Slots License Ground Traffic A Concern For Air Show Organizers http://wamc.org/post/ground-traffic-concern-air-show-organizers <p>What organizers say will be one of the largest air shows in the country will be held later this summer in western Massachusetts.&nbsp; The&nbsp; <a href="http://www.greatnewenglandairshow.com/">&ldquo; Great&nbsp; New England Air Show&rdquo;</a>&nbsp; is being staged at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base at a time when the facility&rsquo;s future is clouded by proposed Pentagon budget cuts.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports</p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 43236 at http://wamc.org Ground Traffic A Concern For Air Show Organizers