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Mass. base gets new name to reflect mission

Courtesy: Reuters

Courtesy: Reuters

BOSTON (AP) — A military base on Cape Cod has a new name.

Gov. Deval Patrick has issued an executive order renaming the Massachusetts Military Reservation as “Joint Base Cape Cod.”

Patrick said the new name more accurately reflects the multiple missions of the 22,000-acre base, the state’s largest military installation in geographical size.

Nearly 4,000 military and civilian employees work at the base.

The facility includes Otis Air National Guard base, a U.S. Air Force radar surveillance facility, a U.S. Coast Guard air station, and Camp Edwards, a training facility for service members and law enforcement.

The governor also announced he will serve as a co-chair of a Massachusetts military task force along with U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas and former U.S. Sen. William “Mo” Cowan.

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