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Massachusetts Air Force Bases (2)


  • Hanscom AFB Bedford

  • Hanscom Air Force Base is operated by the USAF Materiel Command and located in Bedford, Mass. The base was established in 1942 and is currently home to the non-flying 66th Air Base wing which is assigned to the Electronic System Center of the Air Force Materiel Command. Hanscom Air Force Base is named after Laurence G. Hanscom, an aviator who was killed in an aircraft accident in February 6, 1941. The Electronic Systems Center of the Air Force Materiel Command is headquartered at Hanscom. Companies and groups connected to the Department of National Defense are also housed in the base. Hanscom Air Force Base’s mission is not related to flying activities, rather, it is to research and develop electronics systems instead of military aircraft hosting.

  • Westover Air Reserve Base Westover

  • The Westover Joint Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts serves as a major base for Air Force, as well as Army and Navy reserve units. The base covers more than 2,500 acres of land. The current head of the base is Col. Robert Swain, also the commander of the Air Force Reserve’s 439th Airlift Wing. The base is also the home of the 439th Airlift Wing, the 226th Army Transportation company, and the 26th Marine Regiment. Aside from its military operations, the air base has been used as a a back up landing site for NASA’s space shuttle program. Its two runways are also regularly used by civilian aviation under a joint agreement. Westover also employs a significant part of the population of the city of Springfield.

Massachusetts Army Bases (2)


  • Fort Devens Devens

  • Fort Devens was built in 1917 on 5,000 acres of land in Devens, Massachusetts. Originally Camp Devens during WWI it was made a permanent installation in 1931 and named Fort Devens in 1932. During World War II, Devens housed a prisoner of war camp for German and Italian prisoners. Also during that time tens of millions of dollars were spent on a thousand wooden buildings and an airfield. In 1996 the Army post that resided here was closed and parcels of land have been distributed to different state organizations. Today, although not very active, the base is used by the Army Reserve Command and Marine Corps Reserve. Starting in 2008, the Army began construction on three large buildings that are projected to cost around $100 million.

  • Soldier Systems Center Natick

  • The United States Army Soldier System Center is 78 acres of US Army land located in Natick, Massachusetts. The center has the primary mission of providing the soldiers of America with the best equipment in the world. With this in mind, the command behind the Soldier System Center has consolidated the full life-cycle management of soldier basic items into a one-stop soldier support organization. The Soldier Systems Center is tasked by the Department of Defense to conduct research and development of basic supplies such as food, clothing, shelters, airdrop systems, and other combat support items for the soldiers of the US Army. However, the center is also home to various facilities of other services aside from the Army. The most important tenant unit of the installation is the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

Massachusetts Coast Guard Bases (2)


  • Air Station Cape Cod Cape Cod

  • Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod is located on Otis Air National Guard Base in Sandwich, Massachusetts. The primary mission of the base is to patrol the Northeast coast from Canada to New York City with its 4 Sikorsky MH-60J Jayhawk Helicopters and 4 Falcon HU-25 Jets. In an average year, Air Station Cape Cod conducts 249 search and rescue cases, saves 51 lives, medevacs 50 people, and assists 89 people in distress. Originally intended to replace Coast Guard Air Station Salem, the base was commissioned on August 29, 1970. The original HH-3F Pelicans and HU-16E Albatrosses were transferred from CGAS Salem and CGAD Quonset Point Rhode Island. The base’s current fleet is highly capable of fulfilling its duties, having the only HU-25 with Aireye, an airborne oil spill tracking and mapping system.

  • Southeastern New England Woods Hole

  • With its headquarters in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Sector Southeastern New England area of responsibility is from Manomet Point in Massachusetts to Watch Hill Point in Rhode Island. In spring of 2006 Sector Southeastern New England, also known by its acronym Sector SENE, was established by the joining of Groups Woods Hole and Marine Safety Office Providence. Sector Southeastern New England has eight Stations, four Cutters, two Aids to Navigation teams, and two Marine Safety Detachment units.