WESTFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Barnes Air National Guard base in Westfield is looking to increase security on the base.
Barnes is looking to do a $4.4 million dollar security upgrade at the base. That includes expanding their land.
Leaders of the National Guard 104th fighter wing met with the Westfield City Council to discuss increasing security at Barnes Air National Guard Base.
Security standards require that the main entrance gate have a bigger buffer zone between the gate itself, and other buildings on the base.
To help create this buffer zone the Air National Guard is looking to purchase 25 acres of land. Neighbors like the idea.
Ann Morin told 22News, “No you actually feel safer, because their doing what they’re doing to keep us safe and we’re doing what we need to do and living how we’re living and we know they’re protecting us.”
In 1996 there was a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 American servicemen and injured 372 armed forces. The added security would help prevent an attack like that from happening here on American soil.
Gordon Tatro said, “I think it’s going to be a big security defense for them and yes, actually here on this street too. It’s going to make me feel better and everyone on this street feel more secured.”
The $4.4 million gate project would include a traffic light on Southampton Road and a que where military vehicle can wait to be checked into the base by security.
Right now the gate is at the end of Falcon Drive and close to buildings and homes.