Officials at Westover had hoped it would become the future home of the KC-46A Pegasus, the new version of tankers that can refuel aircraft in mid-air. It would bring jobs and much-needed revenue to the base, which has been hit hard by federal budget cuts.
Federal officials have concluded that hundreds of people who worked at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Mass., three decades ago were exposed to Agent Orange. We hear from a Springfield reporter who’s covered the story.
In a statement, Kos said he was “disappointed but not surprised” by Patrick’s reply. He said the invitation remains open.
The meeting was called by the House Republicans to talk about Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to temporarily care for the children at either a military base in Chicopee or one in Bourne. Officials gather behind closed doors. Reporters weren’t allowed in and neither were protesters, who were having none of it.
Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos and state representative Joseph Wagner say they want Governor Patrick to come to Chicopee to discuss the controversial proposal.
Gov. Deval Patrick has offered to house up to 1,000 children from Central America in a temporary shelter at either the Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne or Westover Air Base in Chicopee as they await immigration processing.
Also: Mass. State Senator Don Humason Opposes Patrick’s Plan
The ongoing government shutdown doesn’t affect active-duty military, but it’s slowing down operations at two western Massachusetts air bases.
Western Massachusetts avoided some of the worst effects of Hurricane Sandy, but it is now the New England hub for federal emergency response.
Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts has become the principal New England staging area for federal emergency management officials as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the east coast.
A recent article in the Springfield Republican reports hundreds of military and civilian crews who worked at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts three decades ago, may have unknowi
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray visited Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield – the first of a 6-base tour – saying he and his administration want to protect the residents and employees of