Westover Air Reserve Base

Updated: November 2, 2023
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    Located in Massachusetts near Chicopee and Ludlow, Westover Air Reserve Base is the largest Air Force Reserve base in the U.S., supporting the 439th Airlift Wing of the Fourth Air Force. It facilitates global troop, equipment, and medical patient transportation.

    Base Operator:
    413-557-3874

    Address:
    975 Patriot Avenue
    Chicopee, MA 01022

    What Kind of Base is Westover Air Reserve Base?

    Established during World War II and named after Major General Oscar Westover, the base has evolved, now sharing runways with Westover Metropolitan Airport. Historically, it served as a NASA Space Shuttle backup landing site until 2011 and remains vital due to its Northeast U.S. location.

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    Westover Air Reserve Base Housing

    Westover ARB does not offer government housing on base. There are some housing options nearby the base, and Atlantic Marine Corps Communities operate and manage those units. To ask about housing, call the Military Family Housing at 413-331-3205.

    PCS and TDY Lodging

    The base does offer a temporary lodging option. The Flyers Inn Lodging office offers housing options for service members and families. To make a reservation, call the lodging office at 413-557-2700.

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    What is the BAH for Westover Air Reserve Base?

    The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) at Westover Air Reserve Base varies depending on rank, years of service and dependency status. Visit the Massachusetts state BAH page or see the chart below for more information.

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    HAMPDEN COUNTY, MA BAH Rates

    Military Housing Area: MA126

    Grade With Dependents Without Dependents
    E01 $2,064 $1,548
    E02 $2,064 $1,548
    E03 $2,064 $1,548
    E04 $2,064 $1,548
    E05 $2,166 $1,800
    E06 $2,661 $1,995
    E07 $2,850 $2,139
    E08 $3,051 $2,289
    E09 $3,237 $2,427
    W01 $2,685 $2,040
    W02 $2,934 $2,268
    W03 $3,180 $2,433
    W04 $3,261 $2,706
    W05 $3,363 $2,895
    O01E $2,886 $2,166
    O02E $3,144 $2,382
    O03E $3,276 $2,655
    O01 $2,232 $1,959
    O02 $2,658 $2,142
    O03 $3,174 $2,481
    O04 $3,393 $2,859
    O05 $3,543 $2,976
    O06 $3,570 $3,159
    O07 $3,600 $3,216

    For more information, look at BAH rates by state or calculate your exact BAH rate.

    Westover Air Reserve Base Surrounding Area

    The Westover Air Reserve Base is nestled in the communities of Chicopee and Ludlow, near the city of Springfield. The base is a 45-minute drive from Hartford, Connecticut. The base is also roughly 2 hours from Boston. The region offers a variety of outdoor and recreational attractions including Mount Holyoke Range State Park.

    Healthcare

    At Westover Air Reserve Base, medical and dental exams are exclusively for Air Force Reserve personnel at a base clinic. Family members of reservists on active duty (Title 10, U.S. Code) for 30+ days can access local TRICARE-accepting hospitals or visit nearby Military Treatment Facilities: Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts or Groton Naval Air Station in Connecticut.

    Childcare

    There is no Child Development Center at Westover ARB.

    Schooling

    There is no school on-base. There is a School Liaison Officer on Westover ARB. Hamden County Public School Districts contain more than a dozen school districts:

    • Agawam
    • Chicopee
    • East Longmeadow
    • Hampden-Wilbraham Regional
    • Holyoke
    • Longmeadow
    • Ludlow
    • Munson
    • Palmer
    • Springfield
    • Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional
    • West Springfield
    • Westfield

    To find more about the school districts, go to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary.

    Written by Veteran.com Team