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New $24M Hydrant Fueling System Project Awarded at Westover

June 17, 2013
Press Release

United States Air Force

Public Affairs Office, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, MA 01022-1825, (413) 557-2020

e-mail: 439aw.pa@westover.af.mil

On the web: www.westover.afrc.af.mil


June 17, 2013
Release Number: 13-6

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. - Gassing up planes at Westover is about to get a big improvement following the announcement of an award for $24.5 million in Military Construction project funding for a new fuel hydrant system funded by the Defense Logistics Agency.

"This is a very significant investment into the infrastructure and long term viability of the base in Chicopee," said Congressman Richard Neal, who will participate in the ceremony.  "The $24 million upgrade will help Westover perform its mission much more effectively. As one of the largest employers in the region, this contract will bring construction jobs and economic growth to western Massachusetts. It also reinforces Westover's importance as a national strategic military asset. I greatly appreciate today's timely briefing by Colonel Vautrain and his staff," he said.

The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. The Corps of Engineers will manage and supervise the project which will be accomplished by Structural Associates, Inc. of East Syracuse, New York.

"We've been working with aging fueling infrastructure, part of which has been here since the 1950s, when the Strategic Air Command B-52s were flying out of Westover," said Col. Steven Vautrain, 439th Airlift Wing Commander.

A C-5 can hold 323,000 pounds or about 54,000 gallons of fuel. "This new system is going to greatly increase our ability to deliver large amounts of fuel to aircraft as quickly and safely as possible, which is absolutely essential to the mission. The new system will be similar to ones used at major airports," he said.

Brett Bailey, the chief of design for the Base Civil Engineering department, said "the project will construct a pressurized hydrant fuel system with 14 hydrant outlets and two 210,000 gallon above- ground fuel storage tanks." He said the work will include modifying the existing pumphouse, and constructing new truck fillstands, among other improvements. "Upgrading this system will be a huge benefit to the 439th Airlift Wing in continuing to meet its mission," he said.

The project will be completed in stages and is expected to take two years.

Media is invited to the brief announcement ceremony slated for Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m.