Democrats in delegation ask about bases

Senator John F. Kerry is asking Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for a briefing on any military base closing proposals that could jeopardize bases in Massachusetts. Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the state’s bases are critical to the country’s military infrastructure. They include Hanscom Air Force Base, Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Fort Devens, Air Station Cape Cod, and Coast Guard resources in Woods Hole. Kerry said that the Natick Soldier Systems Center also relies on the state’s brain power to provide cutting-edge research for the military. Representative Edward J. Markey and the rest of the state’s House delegation also wrote to Panetta requesting a briefing. (AP)