Saturday, December 23, 2006

Looks like the Coast Guard keeps Otis

Seen in the Boston Herald today:
An agreement that preserves the Coast Guard’s aviation presence at the Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod has been signed by state and federal officials.

It allows the Coast Guard to assume control of the aviation facilities from the Air Force. The Air National Guard will operate common utilities while the state provides fire protection.

The Pentagon last year decided to remove the base’s F-15 fighter jets as part of its Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission process.

That raised doubts about the ongoing presence of the Coast Guard, which currently flies Falcon jets and Jayhawk rescue helicopters from a corner of the airfield.

The Massachusetts Military Reservation Installation Partnership is aimed at not only maintaining the Coast Guard’s presence at the base, but possibly expanding it for homeland security or training purposes.
I'd been losing sleep over that one...

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