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Joint Base Cape Cod

The Joint Base Cape Cod, is a joint base created by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States War Department in 1935. Governor James Curley signed the state bill to allocate and purchase land for a military facility, and establishing a formal commission to manage this new state military property and personnel. After 200,000 acres (810 km2) of land was secured in Cape Cod, the Massachusetts National Guard began erecting tents and a basic training program in the following year.[1] Formerly the Massachusetts Military Reservation, it was renamed in 2013 to Joint Base Cape Cod.[2][3]


Otis Air National Guard Base underwent boundary changes in 1975. This realignment included these installations: Otis Air National Guard Base, Camp Edwards, and the Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.[4][5]

Cape Cod Air Force Station was created when the air force returned in 1978. The U.S. Air Force constructed the Precision Acquisition Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS). PAVE PAWS is designed to detect airborne ballistic missiles and monitor orbiting satellites. [5]

Military tenants

Non-military tenants

  • American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO Local 3004[20]
  • American Red Cross / Cape Cod & Islands Chapter
  • Barnstable County Correctional Facility and Sheriff's Office
  • Cape Cod Collaborative
    • The Collaborative provides special education for students in 18 member districts on Cape Cod including the medically challenged and those needing occupational, speech and physical therapy. Its Transportation Division, Alternative Education Program, and Center for Executive Search are headquartered at JBCC in school facilities formerly administered and operated by the Town of Bourne.[23][24][25]
  • Elder Services of Cape Cod & The Islands
    • Senior Environment Corps (Assists other base tenants on various environmental projects at JBCC, including air & water quality, energy & resource conservation, wildlife monitoring and mosquito control.)[26][27][28]
  • Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center[29][30][31]
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
    • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
    • Massachusetts Environmental Management Commission
      • Monitors military and other activities in the Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve in the northern 15,000 acres of JBCC. The purpose of the commission is to ensure the permanent protection of the drinking water supply and wildlife habitat on the reserve.[27][34]
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security
    • Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
      • A portion of Camp Edwards is designated by MEMA as a Massachusetts Disaster Preparedness Shelter. Under emergency declarations affecting the Cape Cod & Islands region, buildings and barracks will be staffed by personnel from the American Red Cross, the Medical Response Team (MRC), the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the State Animal Response Team (SMART).[35]
    • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Southeast Region[36][37][38]
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
    • Boat Donation Program (Academy cadets, students and faculty refurbish donated vessels for annual sale, with proceeds benefiting the academy's various camp, educational, scholarship and training programs. Vessels under repair are stored at Camp Edwards)[39][40]
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association[41]
  • NSTAR Electric / Bourne Switching Station
    • Through an easement, NSTAR maintains a transmission substation at the northern end of the base, which receives power lines from across the Cape Cod Canal and serves as a hub for all other power lines servicing the Cape and Islands.[42]
  • Otis Fish & Game Club[43][44]
    • Works with Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to coordinate annual controlled deer and turkey hunts within JBCC boundary.[45]
  • Otis Memorial Elementary School[46]
    • Operated by Town of Bourne to serve families of US Coast Guard servicemen and servicewomen residing on the base.
  • US Department of Agriculture / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    • Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) & Plant Protection Quarantine (PPQ)
      • Pest Survey Detection and Exclusion Laboratory[47]
  • US Department of Transportation
  • US Geological Survey
  • Upper Cape Regional Transfer Station[56]
    • Receives municipal waste shipments via truck from the towns of Falmouth, Mashpee & Sandwich and consolidates them as railroad freight for transfer to the SEMASS waste-to-energy facility in Rochester, Massachusetts.
  • Upper Cape Regional Water Cooperative[57]
    • Supplies drinking water to the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee & Sandwich.

Contractors with on-base facilities and staff

  • Dynamic Science Inc., subsidiary of Exodyne, Inc.
    • Provides air traffic control and weather augmentation services to Otis Air National Guard Base and Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod since 1999; maintains staffed facilities at JBCC.[6]
  • Environmental Chemical Corporation
    • Conducts soil sampling, monitoring and analysis as a contractor to the US Environmental Protection Agency and multiple base entities; maintains a staffed on-site facility at JBCC.[58]
  • Nobis Engineering Inc.
    • Providing Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) support and related construction management to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during ongoing environmental investigation, remediation, and restoration projects at JBCC.[59]

See also


  1. ^ Massachusetts Government: ‘’MMR History’’, Official website
  2. ^ Brennan, Georga (29 May 2013). "Massachusetts Military Reservation may get new name: Joint Base Cape Cod".  
  3. ^ Brennan, George (19 July 2013). "Goodbye, MMR. Hello, Joint Base Cape Cod". Cape Cod Times. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  4. ^ USCG Air Station Cape Cod Official Site
  5. ^ a b Otis ANG and MMR, Official website
  6. ^ a b, Momentum company newsletter (PDF format), November 2009, retrieved 14 October 2010.
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ Cape Cod Civilian Air Patrol web site
  10. ^, "Environmental Assessment of Lead at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts, Small Arms Ranges," August 2007, retrieved 14 October 2010.
  11. ^ under the auspices of USAEC
  12. ^ a b c d e f USCG Air Station Cape Cod information page
  13. ^ 1996 Memorandum of Understanding establishing NRFTC under joint oversight of the US Coast Guard and the National Marine Fisheries Service
  14. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Cape Cod
  15. ^ Morale, Well-Being and Recreation Administration
  16. ^ Falcon Golf Course
  17. ^ Kaehler Memorial Medical Clinic
  18. ^ Port Security Unit 301 Overview (Microsoft Word document), 13 March 2009 (retrieved 9 October 2010)
  19. ^, USCG D.O.G.s Training
  20. ^, AFGE Local 3004 listing.
  21. ^ Cape & Islands Red web site
  22. ^ page for "cciredcross", announcement of Resource Center's 25 May 2010 opening
  23. ^, Contacts page, retrieved 14 October 2010.
  24. ^, 2010 Transportation Employees Handbook (.pdf file), retrieved 14 October 2010.
  25. ^, Center for Executive Search postings, retrieved 14 October 2010.
  26. ^, Senior Service Corps page
  27. ^ a b c Environmental & Readiness Center: Who's Who on the MMR
  28. ^ The Otis Notice, Volume 29 No. 7, July 2008, Page 7 (MMR Energy Committee)
  29. ^ MASSTC web site
  30. ^ Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, MASSTC page
  31. ^ Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, photos of MASSTC groundbreaking
  32. ^, MDAR/CCMCP page
  33. ^ Northeastern Mosquito Control Association, 2003 annual meeting agenda including session on MMR Mosquito Control Project
  34. ^ Massachusetts EMC
  35. ^, "Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan"
  36. ^ Brennan, George. "Cape crime lab expected to ease state workload", Cape Cod Times, 24 October 2007 (retrieved 9 October 2010)
  37. ^ Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, "Designer Selection Board Selection Criteria" for new chief medical examiner facilities, Page 3 (showing photographs of completed southeast region offices), 15 April 2009 (retrieved 9 October 2010)
  38. ^ Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, "Feasibility Study and Report, Chief Medical Examiner, Southeast Region (CME 03-01 ST1)", Page 131 (map showing site location between Simpkins Road and Falmouth-Sandwich Road on state-owned land in the Town of Sandwich within JBCC boundary), 13 January 2005 (retrieved 9 October 2010)
  39. ^ Mass Maritime Academy, Boat Donation Program overview
  40. ^ Mass Maritime Academy, directions to MMA boat donation grounds at JBCC
  41. ^, listing of non-profits in Massachusetts, National Air Traffic Controllers Association page.
  42. ^ Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Environmental Notification Form #14654 filed by NSTAR on 10 June 2010.
  43. ^ Otis Fish & Game Club web site
  44. ^ Google Map showing location of Otis Fish & Game Club within JBCC boundary
  45. ^ Mass Wildlife web site, JBCC controlled deer and turkey hunts]
  46. ^ Town of Bourne Public Schools, Otis Memorial School
  47. ^
  48. ^, Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP), 12 March 2009
  49. ^ American Meteorological Society; 11th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace; "The Otis Weather Test Facility at Otis ANGB, Falmouth, MA: An aviation weather resource"
  50. ^ American Meteorological Society; 11th Conference on Aviation, Range, and Aerospace; "The Otis Weather Test Facility at Otis ANGB, Falmouth, MA: An aviation weather resource" (expanded abstract in PDF format)
  51. ^, photo page
  52. ^, Cape Cod Toxic Substances Hydrology Program overview
  53. ^, JBCC overview
  54. ^, Impact Area Groundwater Study Program overview
  55. ^, Installation Restoration Program overview
  56. ^ Runyan, Brent. Transfer Station Wary of Private Operation of Trash Facility, Falmouth Enterprise, 11 June 2010, retrieved 23 September 2010
  57. ^ Minutes of the Mass. Environmental Management Commission meeting, 29 September 2004 (see Agenda Item #9)
  58. ^, Sandwich MA business listings.
  59. ^, USACE/MMR project summary page.

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