104th Fighter Wing Hosting Major Accident Response Exercise with Civilian and Federal Counterparts

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Media Advisory

Release No. 17-21



Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Sarah Watson-Kirwin, Public Affairs

Wk. 413-568-9151 x698-1263



May 23, 2017





104th Fighter Wing Hosting Major Accident Response Exercise with Civilian and Federal Counterparts


BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, WESTFIELD, Mass. – The 104th Fighter Wing will be hosting a large scale exercise between the base, local, state, and federal agencies on Wednesday May 24 from approximately 9.a.m. to 1 p.m.


Local residents should not be alarmed by the increase in activity and presence of emergency responders as it is all part of the joint exercise.


“The purpose of the exercise, conducted by the Wing Inspection Team and Emergency Management office, is to exercise response capabilities of installation personnel while honing joint response practices with federal, state, and local agencies,” said Master Sgt. Christopher McCrary, Installation Emergency Manager.


Media are invited to document the joint training efforts.  Interested media can contact the base public affairs office and should arrive on base by 9 a.m.









Agencies slated to participate include


Barnes Air National Guard

MA ARNG Army Aviation Support Facility

Bradley Air National Guard

Massachusetts Communications Unit

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Massachusetts State Police

Massachusetts State Police Air Wing

Massachusetts Department of Transportation




Westover Air Reserve Base

Department of Health and Human Services


Regional / County / Local

Westfield Fire Dept.

Westfield Police Dept.

Westfield Emergency Management

Springfield Office of Emergency Preparedness


Private Sector

Baystate Noble

Baystate Health

Mercy Medical Center

MedCare Emergency Health

Alert Ambulance

American Red Cross

Baystate Health

Mercy Medical Center

Six Flags New England

Providence Behavioral Health Hospital




The 104th Fighter Wing is equipped with the F-15 Eagle. One mission of the 104th is Aerospace Control Alert (ACA), providing armed fighters ready to scramble in a moment's notice to protect the Northeast from any airborne threat. The unit is responsible for protecting a quarter of the nation's population and over one third of the Gross Domestic Product.