The Air Force is downsizing a base in western Massachusetts. The Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee is going to lose both aircraft and jobs.
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. The changes are the result of deep budget cuts at the Pentagon. Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain, the commander of the 439th airlift wing at Westover, said people on the base were saddened, but not terribly surprised by Monday’s announcement.