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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

State Officials Go to Full-Court Press to Defend Massachusetts Bases

  • March 15, 2012
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Massachusetts leaders and congressional officials are conducting a detailed analysis of the state’s six military facilities as they begin to prepare a strategy to protect those bases and jobs from looming defense cuts.

“There are opportunities as well as challenges,” Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray said Thursday after visiting Westover Air Reserve Base, reported masslive.com.

The state’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs pointed to the potential savings Westover and Barnes Air National Guard Base would realize if the local utilities serving them invested in energy conservation or clean energy. Murray highlighted the efficiencies that result from the two installations hosting full-time military and reserve units.

The Westover tour was the third of six Murray and the commonwealth’s newly established Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force are planning over the next several weeks.

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