Westover planes to help keep Texas base open

A row of C-5 Galaxy aircraft line the flight line at Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Mass. on June 7, 2013. Westover is the nation's largest Air Force Reserve base, and is home to the Air Force's largest cargo aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy. (U.S. Air Force photo/SrA. Kelly Galloway)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Air Force announced Monday that Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee will lose 8 of its 16 C-5 planes to a base in Texas. That base in Texas is losing all of its planes, so these 8 will help keep the base alive.

Westover 439th Airlift Wing Commander Steven Vautrain told 22News they are hoping to retain many of the reservists losing their jobs.

“We’ll try to keep as many people as possible here. It could be training, filling vacancies, moving people around. We’ll be able to keep all 59 of our full-time people, but the 275 part-timers we hope to be able to keep most of those.”

Congressman Richard Neal met with the Secretary of the US Air Force in Washington on Tuesday. Neal says these cuts are only a recommendation and have not yet been approved by Congress.


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