New England News
5:55 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Officials Fight Expected Cuts At Westover Air Reserve Base

A campaign continues to save a western Massachusetts military base from expected Pentagon budget cuts.   

A C-5 Galaxy on the flight line at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee MA
A C-5 Galaxy on the flight line at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee MA
Credit US Air Force

   Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette is fighting a plan to transfer half of the current fleet of C-5 cargo planes from  the Westover Air Force Reserve Base

   Bissonnette said he recently met with US Senator Elizabeth Warren  to impress on her the importance of the base.  Congressman Richard Neal also opposes downsizing Westover.  The base employs 5500 hundred people and puts $240 million in payroll into the local economy.