Release No. 17-21
Tech. Sgt. Lindsey Sarah Watson-Kirwin, Public Affairs
Wk. 413-568-9151 x698-1263
May 23, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
Mercy Medical Center
MedCare Emergency Health
American Red Cross
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.