28 Apr '14, 8pm

Westover Air Reserve Base to lose some C-5s, jobs: Westover Air Reserve Base will lose half its C-5 ... #airforce

CHICOPEE, MASS. — Westover Air Reserve Base will lose half its C-5 cargo planes and more than 300 jobs as a result of military budget cuts, base officials announced Monday. Eight of the 439th Airlift Wing’s 16 military transport aircraft will move to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas beginning next year, they said. Air Force officials blamed Pentagon budget cuts for the changes. The job cuts include the expected loss of 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 reservists, although final numbers have yet to be determined, said Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain, commander of the 439th at Westover. The aircraft will be moved from Westover starting in March 2015 as part of an upgrade of the C-5 fleet, with the personnel reductions beginning in October 2015, Vautrain said. Eight of the refurbished aircraft will operate out of the Texas base, and eight new models will remain at W...

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