CHICOPEE (AP) -- Military budget cuts are resulting in the loss of half the C-5 aircraft at Chicopee's Westover Air Reserve Base and about 300 jobs.
Air Force officials announced Monday that eight of the 439th Airlift Wing's massive military-transport aircraft will transfer to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland beginning next year.
Cuts include the expected loss of 59 full-time enlisted personnel and 275 drilling reservists, although final numbers have yet to be determined.
Wing commander Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain said in a statement that "these reductions will incur hardships on our people" but an effort will be made to place as many as possible in other positions within the wing.
The cuts are part of an effort to slash $487 billion from the nation's defense budget over eight years.