Massachusetts Military Reservation

Massachusetts Military Reservation

Coordinates: 41°42′15″N 70°32′30″W / 41.70417°N 70.54167°W / 41.70417; -70.54167

The Massachusetts Military Reservation, is a military reservation 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]



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.[2][3]

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. [3]

Military Tenants

Non-Military Tenants

  • American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO Local 3004[18]
  • 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 MMR in school facilities formerly administered and operated by the Town of Bourne.[21][22][23]
  • Elder Services of Cape Cod & The Islands
    • Senior Environment Corps (Assists other base tenants on various environmental projects at the MMR, including air & water quality, energy & resource conservation, wildlife monitoring and mosquito control.)[24][25][26]
  • Massachusetts Alternative Septic System Test Center[27][28][29]
  • 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 MMR. The purpose of the commission is to ensure the permanent protection of the drinking water supply and wildlife habitat on the reserve.[25][32]
  • 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).[33]
    • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Southeast Region[34][35][36]
  • 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)[37][38]
  • National Air Traffic Controllers Association[39]
  • 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.[40]
  • Otis Fish & Game Club[41][42]
    • Works with Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to coordinate annual controlled deer and turkey hunts within MMR boundary.[43]
  • Otis Memorial Elementary School[44]
    • 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[45]
  • US Department of Transportation
    • Federal Aviation Administration / Otis Approach Control
      • Provides normal VFR Radar Advisory as well as Radar Overwater Flight Following Service for aircraft traversing the Cape Cod and islands area[46]
    • Research and Special Programs Administration
      • Otis Weather Test Facility (operated by the USDOT's John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center)[47][48][49]
  • US Geological Survey
  • Upper Cape Regional Transfer Station[54]
    • 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[55]
    • 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.
    • Contractor providing 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 MMR.[4]
  • Environmental Chemical Corporation
    • Conducts soil sampling, monitoring and analysis as a contractor to the US Environmental Protection Agency and multiple MMR entities; maintains a staffed on-site facility at MMR.[56]
  • 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 MMR.[57]


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

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