WESTFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Barnes Air National Guard Base is looking into upgrade the security on their base.
The base wants to increase security here at the main gate. Right now, they’re concerned the main entrance isn’t secure enough, because it’s too close to the other buildings. If you’ve ever driven to the main entrance of Barnes, you’ve noticed there are houses and businesses right across the street from the gate.
According to the Westfield News, the base is proposing a $4.4 million dollar project to lease 25 acres of land on Southampton Road to increase security.They would use that land to create a larger buffer zone between the main gate, and the rest of the facilities on the base.
Leaders of the 104th Fighter Wing met with the City Council in Westfield to discuss the new gate.Commander Col. Jim Keefe told the city council that the base’s current gate doesn’t comply with Air Force requirements, which dates back to a 1996 terror attack in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 U.S. servicemen.
The City Council has to approve the lease before the base is allowed to make any changes.
The new gate would be similar to the main gate at Westover Air Reserve Base.