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    1. Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

      Westover general confirms downsizing will happen despite politicians efforts: 334 jobs, 8 planes lost

      Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain has confirmed that a much discussed plan to downsize Westover Air Reserve Base will happen, despite efforts from local politicians and others to prevent the reduction. In a press conference Monday, he said half of the base’s 16-plane fleet of C5-B Galaxy jets will eventually be transferred to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas and 59 full-time positions and 275 part-time Reserve positions will be cut from the 439th Airlift Wing at Westover. The timeframe on when everything is happening is still in question. At the moment, the first plane is scheduled to leave the ...

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    2. Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

      Westover to lose 300 jobs under new Pentagon budget cuts

      Westover Air Reserve Base will shed 300 jobs and half of the 439th Airlift Wing's C-5 fleet under new budget cuts, Air Force officials announced Monday.  The cuts include the expected loss of 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 drilling reservists. No timeline has been released, and the final numbers have not been determined, officials said.  Under the plan eight of the Airlift Wing's C-5 cargo aircraft will transfer from Westover to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas beginning in 2015.

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    3. Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others

      Gov. Patrick signs bond bill authorizing $177 million to be spent improving Westover, Barnes, others

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick has signed a first-ever bond bill that will allow the commonwealth to borrow up to $177 million to make improvements to six military installations in the state, including Barnes Air Reserve Base, in Westfield, and Wesvover Air Reserve Base, in Chicopee.  The bill comes from the recommendations of the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force which was formed through the governor’s office to fight proposals for widespread budget cuts that includes cutting the number of jets at Westover Air Reserve base by half in 2016.  It is the first time in history where the ...

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    4. Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Patrick signs multi-million dollar military bond bill

      Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill authorizing the state to borrow up to $177 million for improvements to the state’s military bases. The measure approved by lawmakers earlier this month would include $9 million in immediate funding for military and civilian runway upgrades at the Barnes Air National Guard Base and adjacent Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport. The bill also authorizes nearly $3 million for energy and communications upgrades at Hanscom Air Force Base. An additional $100,000 would allow for the relocation of the National Guard’s Military Museum from Worcester to Concord.

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    5. Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

      Massachusetts House and Senate approve 5-year, $177 million spending plan to aid state's military installations

      The Massachusetts Senate and House passed final legislation authorizing $177 million in capital spending over the next five years to make improvements at and expand the state’s military installations. The bill includes spending to make repairs to the runway at the Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield. The bill now goes to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature to become law.

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    6. B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

      B & E Precision Aircraft Components looks to build staff, grow with industry

      The machine shop, with its 103 employees, had a good 2013 and is looking for an even better years 2015 to 2020 as aircraft like those new jetliners go from design and testing to full production , according to company president Glenn Ford,. The precision machine shop is one division of the larger B & E Group which has offices in Westfield and Florida.  The machine shop is a maze of activity with robots placing parts on machine tools and people setting up the work and telling the robots what to do. Nearby are airplane parts, including a small bracket that breaks ...

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    7. Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

      Westfield cuts ribbon for Barnes Air National Guard Base runway project as state preps for national review of military installations

      Gov. Deval L. Patrick and U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal used the occasion Friday of a ribbon-cutting at Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport and Barnes Air National Guard base to tout the state's readiness for an expected round of Pentagon cutbacks.  Neal, D-Springfield, predicts another BRAC, or Base Realignment and Closure Commission review, in 2015, a process that could result in recommended cutbacks at one of Massachusetts' six military bases. It's a list that includes Barnes in Westfield and Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee.

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    8. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Massachusetts delegation, working to preserve military bases including Barnes, Westover | masslive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Massachusetts delegation, working to preserve military bases including Barnes, Westover | masslive.com

      U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, said he expects another Base Realignment and Closure Commission to start the work in 2015 of deciding which military bases to close and which to keep open. The military's footprint will shrink, he said, despite recent budget deal that reversed some, but not all, the federal sequester budget cuts to the U.S. Department of Defense.  'Nonetheless there are cuts that will be coming in defense,” Neal said. “If the Pentagon has to figure out how to move money around in the budget we want to be preemptive.”

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    9. Plane Speaking | BusinessWest

      Plane Speaking | BusinessWest

      Fran Ahern acknowledged that the analogy isn’t perfect, but, for the most part, it works, and it helps him effectively tell the story of one of the region’s least-known — and least-understood — business success stories.
      “We’re a service center for airplanes,” said Ahern, general manager of Gulfstream’s sprawling operation at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield. He would go on to draw a number of loose comparisons between his operation and the corner garage or auto dealership where one might bring their Buick for new tires, a tuneup, or an inspection sticker.

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    10. Northampton company L-3 KEO announces elimination of 19 positions

      Northampton company L-3 KEO announces elimination of 19 positions

      L-3 KEO, the city's largest industrial employer announced Friday it is laying off 19 employees from its Northampton location in part because of declining defense spending and continuing impact of sequestration on the federal budget, according to company officials. "This difficult, but necessary action was taken to maintain the division’s overall competitiveness and improve its ability to win and execute new business pursuits in a declining defense budget and sequestration environment," the company said in a prepared statement. Positions being affected are both salaried and hourly, and employees have been offered severance packages and outplacement assistance.

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    11. Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

      Westover pumps $225 million into local economy; federal budget cuts cause impact to decrease | masslive.com

      The total is a reduction from the $238 million impact the base had during fiscal years 2012 and 2011. In 2009, the impact was $231 million and in 2010 the impact was $266 million but most of that was due to a building boom on base.  Many of the reductions are due to the $85 billion across-the-board federal spending cuts called sequestration that were imposed in March.  “One of the keys is a $3.3 million decrease in civilian pay,” said Lt. Col. James G. Bishop, chief of public affairs for Westover.

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    12. Mass. defense contractors assess shutdown fallout

      Mass. defense contractors assess shutdown fallout

      Sen. Elizabeth Warren had already lashed out on the topic of the federal sequestration budget cuts, in a Sept. 30 speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate.  'More than a thousand employees at Westover Air Force Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base in Western Massachusetts are facing furloughs,' Warren said. 'Scientists and medical researchers in Massachusetts are also getting pounded by the sequester.'

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    13. Westover Air Base in Chicopee sends hundreds of employees home because of government shutdown

      Westover Air Base in Chicopee sends hundreds of employees home because of government shutdown

       Col. Steven Vautrain, commander of the 439th Airlift Wing, had submitted a list of essential personnel he requested to be exempted from the furlough to keep the base running. The Air Force did not approve exempted personnel until Tuesday morning so most did not know if they would be staying or going home. Even those who are working knew they should not expect their regular paycheck, Bishop said.  All active duty military are exempt from the furlough but Reservists and civilians are not. At Westover about 10 percent of all personnel are active duty while the remaining 90 percent are ...

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    14. Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Canadian – Western Mass Aerospace Roundtable

      Promoting our regional aerospace cluster is a high priority
      for the EDC this year. Enhancing Western Mass – Canada trade is a significant
      tactic in our initiative. US – Canada trade tends to be north-south. Canada’s
      aerospace firms predominate in Quebec, so our region is well positioned to pick
      up future business opportunities.

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    15. Pratt & Whitney, Pentagon finalize $1 billion Joint Strike Fighter engine deal | masslive.com

      Pratt & Whitney, Pentagon finalize $1 billion Joint Strike Fighter engine deal | masslive.com

      The Defense Department and Pratt & Whitney reached an agreement Tuesday on an order for the sixth lot of F135 engines to power the F-35 Lightning II, also known as the Joint Strike Fighter.  The bulk of the work will be done in Connecticut, with 67 percent going to Pratt’s East Hartford and Middletown plants, according to a Defense Department contract listing.  The contract includes 38 engines, as well as program management, engineering support, and spare parts, Chris Flynn, vice president of Pratt’s F135 engine program, said.

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    16. Great New England Wings and Wheels coming to Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee

      Great New England Wings and Wheels coming to Westover Metropolitan Airport in Chicopee

      You’re bound to get a lift – in spirits at least if you attend the first Great New England Wings and Wheels event Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 24 and 25, at the Westover Metropolitan Airport. “There’s a certain excitement about being in a crowd,” said Bud Shuback, president of the Galaxy Community Council, which is producing the Great New England Wings and Wheels event. He’s expecting more than 10,000 people a day to attend. “Word is out” and excitement is generating, said Bill Sheehan, public affairs director for the non-profit Galaxy Community Council. He said there is ...

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    17. Westover Air Reserve Base receives 'excellent' score in inspection of 439th Airlift Wing operations

      Westover Air Reserve Base receives 'excellent' score in inspection of 439th Airlift Wing operations

      Westover Air Reserve Base received an overall score of "excellent" in an intensive review of all of the 439th Airlift Wing’s operations.  The full-base inspection was done by a team of 55 examiners from Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia from Aug. 8 through Aug. 12. When inspectors left on Monday they told Westover officials they passed with flying colors.

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      Mentions: Chicopee
    18. Gulfstream Aerospace awards scholarships to Alyssa Cousineau, Kayla Mayko and Amy Wardner

      Gulfstream Aerospace awards scholarships to Alyssa Cousineau, Kayla Mayko and Amy Wardner

      Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to 17 children of employees at the company's sites in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Texas and Wisconsin. The students were recognized at special events at each company site.

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    19. Report from the Paris Air Show

      Report from the Paris Air Show

      The EDC made a conscious decision to prioritize our region’s
      aerospace cluster during 2013. Western Massachusetts is a key link along the
      aerospace supply chain that follows I-91 from Connecticut through Massachusetts
      and Vermont and continues north to Montreal. We call the Hartford CT –
      Springfield MA section of that corridor New England’s Knowledge Corridor©, but
      the entire corridor is legitimately Aerospace Corridor.

      One of our tactics was to organize a presence for
      Massachusetts companies at the Paris Air Show. The EDC organized meetings with
      global OEM’s and B2B opportunities with international aerospace clusters for
      the three Western ...

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    20. Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visits Westover in Chicopee, talks furloughs and sequestration

      Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visits Westover in Chicopee, talks furloughs and sequestration

      In a visit to Westover Air Reserve Base last week, acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning admired the base and spoke and asked questions about the impact federal budget cuts have had on local military.  “That’s a lot of iron on the ramp,” Fanning said during his July 25 visit to Westover, seeing a row of 10 C-5s on the East Ramp.

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