Westover Air Force Reserve Base

New England News
7:42 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Patrick's Offer To Use Air Base To House Immigrant Children Questioned

U.S. Congressman Richard Neal, left, speaking with Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick Friday afternoon in Great Barrington, Mass. Friday morning, Patrick announced the state is offering Camp Edwards on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base to the federal government as possible locations to temporarily house immigrant children.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Responding to a federal request Friday morning, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has offered Camp Edwards on Cape Cod and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee as two locations to house up to 1,000 immigrant children.

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New England News
6:05 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Downsizing Will Impact Western Mass. Military Base

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain addresses reporters at Westover Air Force Reserve Base with a C-5 as backdrop. The base will loose half the 16 plane fleet of C-5s and 334 jobs will be cut.
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
10:45 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Westover Base Facing Cuts To Fleet, Jobs

The C-5 at Westover
Credit US Air Force

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.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Chicopee Casino Proposal Dies As Potential Developers Opt For Slots License

Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette who delivered the annual State of the City Address on Feb.20,2013
Credit WAMC

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

Two developers that had looked into the possibility of a casino project in Chicopee informed Massachusetts gaming industry regulators Tuesday they will compete instead for a license to operate a slots parlor.  Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette had spoken with officials from both Rush Street Gaming and the Cordish Companies about converting a former mill in Chicopee Center into a casino.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Ground Traffic A Concern For Air Show Organizers

U.S. Air Force

What organizers say will be one of the largest air shows in the country will be held later this summer in western Massachusetts.  The  “ Great  New England Air Show”  is being staged at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base at a time when the facility’s future is clouded by proposed Pentagon budget cuts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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