As Feds Look at Military Base Security, Westover Says its Level is ‘Always High’

Officials continue to investigate how Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis was able to receive and maintain a security clearance. But a review by the Associated Press finds that the federal government is overwhelmed with the task of doing a thorough investigation of the nearly five million Americans who have those clearances. 

However, at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Master Sergeant Andrew Biscoe says with billions of dollars’ worth of aircraft there, security was already very tight.

“Safety and security are paramount in our jobs in the Air Force Reserve, so the responsibility of the more than 140 men and women that are charged with the security of the base is something that nobody in that squadron takes lightly. So our level of security here is always high,” Biscoe says.

Westover is home to C-5s and visiting F-15s from nearby Barnes Air National Guard Base. The F-15s are expected to remain at Westover until runway repairs at Barnes are completed in November.

The Associated Press contibuted to this report.