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Bay State wary of Air Force base cuts

Jobs could be lost in Chicopee, Westfield

By Bryan Bender
Globe Staff / February 13, 2012
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A pair of Air Force bases in Western Massachusetts are set to lose aircraft and possibly large numbers of military personnel as part of a series of new proposals to retire old equipment and trim excess overhead at facilities across the country, according to military and state officials. Westover Air Reserve Base, the largest such facility in the country, is set to lose half the C-5 Galaxy cargo jets assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, according to a new Air Force proposal. Meanwhile, Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield is bracing for an announcement as early as this week about personnel cuts at numerous Air National Guard bases nationwide, according to knowledgeable officials.

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