Westover ARB Community
Westover’s 28 tenant units include more than 2,000 military and civilians representing all four branches of the U.S. military. In addition, the base houses a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), which annually brings thousands of young men and women into the U.S. military. Other tenants include a contracted off-base military housing office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Defense Contract Management Agency.
MILITARY ENTRANCE PROCESSING STATION
In July 2003, the Springfield Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) moved into its newly constructed facility at Westover. The MEPS relocated from the Springfield Federal Building, 1550 Main St., in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, a place it had occupied since the building opened in 1982.
The MEPS is one of a network of 65 MEPS located nationwide and in Puerto Rico.
A separate Department of Defense agency, USMEPCOM is composed of two geographical sectors and staffed with personnel from all military services.
The mission of USMEPCOM and the Springfield MEPS is to process individuals for enlistment or induction into the armed services, based on DOD-approved peacetime and mobilization standards.
MARINE CORPS RESERVE TRAINING CENTER
The unit’s mission is to provide the means to process immediate air support requests, coordinate aircraft employment with other supporting arms, manage terminal control assets supporting ground combat and combat
service support forces, and control assigned aircraft and itinerant manned and unmanned aircraft transiting through its area of responsibility.
ARMY 302D MANEUVER ENHANCEMENT BRIGADE
The 302D Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Patriots, as described by U.S. Army doctrine, is a “unique, multifunctional, mission command headquarters that is organized to perform support area operations for the echelons that it supports.” A Military Police Battalion, Engineer Battalion, Chemical Battalion and a Brigade Support Battalion are organic subordinate commands that comprise the 302D MEB. This organization, doctrinally, “is designed to provide mission command of forces from multiple branches but especially those that conduct support area and maneuver support operations for the force.” The 302D MEB employs subordinate commands in support of “Army divisions, echelons above divisions, joint, interagency or multinational headquarters.” Distinctively, it is one of the few terrain owners in the U.S. Army’s arsenal, which, according to doctrine, “makes the 302D MEB the best organization in the U.S. Army to perform support area operations for divisions and corps.”