About Westover ARB, MA
Westover Air Reserve Base, located between the cities of Chicopee and Ludlow near Springfield, Massachusetts, is the world's largest Air Reserve Base by area. Operated by the Air Force Reserve Command, the base was constructed in conjunction with the United States' preparations for World War II.
Today, the base's host unit is the 439th Airlift Wing. Westover has previously been the home to, among others, the 499th Air Refueling Wing and the 99th Bombardment Wing. These units were part of the military's planning for nuclear war; during the Cold War, a Strategic Air Command bunker was built in the area.
Unlike some bases, Base Realignment and Closure, commonly known as BRAC, was helpful for Westover Air Reserve Base. It is now one of the few remaining military air bases in the Northeast United States and, as such, has a large positive impact on the economy in the Springfield area.