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439th Airlift Wing, Westover Air Reserve Base, MA

 

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For all you Buff fans from the old SAC days, we at Westover may not have a static B-52 here but there is one at Griffiss Tech Park 180 miles west. I am proud to say I worked on this very B-52 as a maintainer in the 416th Bomb Wing in the 1980s. (Pope) Griffiss AFB Alumni Strategic Air Command Rome, New York

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Check out our 2017 AFRC award winners!

For those out there that love that TF-39 sound! (pope) Fans of FRED (aka the C-5 Galaxy) Great New England Air & Space Show

Good evening Westover. C-5M in the chilly spring air! (Pope)

Good evening Westover. C-5M in the chilly spring air! (Pope)

Posted by Westover Air Reserve Base on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Westover's Tax Day Blood Drive will be held Wednesday April 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of building 1850. You can call 557-3193 to make an appointment, or feel free to just show up - walk ins are always
welcome.

Fifty-five years ago this month, the last Air Force fighter unit left Westover. The 76th Fighter Interceptor Squadron, which flew F-102 Delta Daggers seen in the 1961 photo, was responsible for defending the eastern seaboard from a surprise Soviet Union bomber attack. Fighter units also based previously at Westover in the 1950s flew the F-86 Sabre and F-104 Starfighter. (1961 Westover AFB Armed Forces Day photo courtesy of ret. SMSgt. Stan Lukasiewicz; historical information provided by SMSgt. Andrew Biscoe, 439th AW Public Affairs)

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The 439th Airlift Wing's Top 3 organizers held the Third Annual Senior NCO/CPO Dining-In at the Log Cabin Restaurant in Holyoke, Mass. The joint-service event featured U.S. Coast Guard Master Chief Rashaun Morris as guest speaker. Col Howard Clark III, acting 439th AW commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Shana Cullum also attended the dining-in, along with more than 80 SNCOs.(US Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maximillian Goldberg)

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The local Westover C-5 conducting flight training. (pope)

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The local Westover C-5 conducting flight training. (pope)

Posted by Westover Air Reserve Base on Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WESTOVER TO BEGIN PRESCRIBED BURNING MONDAY

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. – Westover personnel plan to use prescribed fires to burn up to 200 acres of grassland located within the base property Monday beginning about 10 a.m., depending on wind, rain and temperature conditions. Airfield areas to be burned include those in the general vicinities of Westover Airpark North, the Hampden County Correctional Center, and the interior of the base.

Burning will be carried out and managed by trained U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighters and Westover ARB Fire Department personnel, who will use safe burning practices.

Their prescribed fire plan avoids factors which might affect the local community such as smoke and spread of the fire outside intended areas. Burning will take place with eye-level wind gusts of 20 mph or less, so the burning should not pose a safety risk.

Winds aloft disperse and transport the smoke away from the immediate area. The firefighters will wet bordering vegetation or use other firebreaks to manage the fires. Local fire departments will be advised of the prescribed burning.

Prescribed fire is a recognized natural resources management tool used to maintain healthy grasslands, reduce grassy fuels to help prevent wildfires, and remove broadleaf weeds and other invasive vegetation.

FREE EVENT!: The Westfield State University Veteran's Association is hosting a film screening of Almost Sunrise. There will be a reception held in the Military Excellence Center in Bates Hall at WSU from 5-5:30 p.m. and the film is set to start at 6 p.m. For more information, or to reserve tickets, you can email veterans@westfield.ma.edu

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Explosives training is being conducted on base until noon.

Stephen McCall, Defense Fellow and two of Senator Warren’s Staffers, Jessica Wong and Abigail Webber visits Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts.
The Secretary of Defense Executive Fellows (SDEF) program was initiated by Secretary of Defense William Perry in 1994 and continues today under Secretary Mattis. It is a long-term investment in developing future DoD leaders and a key part of the DoD strategy to achieve the transformation of our military forces and capabilities.
Annually, two or more officers with highly successful operational command and staff backgrounds from each Service are selected to receive their senior service college credit outside the traditional career path by spending one year in Corporate America. Only the most highly successful companies are chosen through a highly competitive process each year.
Prior to arriving at their corporate assignments, fellows attend an intensive month of general and specific training at a Washington D.C. think tank and then at a top tier graduate business school executive education program to acquaint them with the strategic issues and other factors facing DoD and the corporate world. (U.S. Air Force photos/Tech. Sgt. Malcolm Tevanian)

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Reports this morning of an active shooter on base are false. Westover is reporting that all is safe here on base. "information provided by 439th AW/ PA"

A Westover aircrew flies a recent C-5M Super Galaxy local training mission. Sorry about the wind noise! (U.S. Air Force video/Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe)

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A Westover aircrew flies a recent C-5M Super Galaxy local training mission. Sorry about the wind noise! (U.S. Air Force video/Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Biscoe)

Posted by Westover Air Reserve Base on Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Westover Express and Base Exchange honored Vietnam War Veterans on March 29, 2018, National Vietnam War Veterans Day. The two locations served up coffee, cake, and a lapel pin specifically for the Vietnam War Veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo/William C. Pope)

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Nearly $50,000 in Exchange Prizes Up For Grabs During Month of the Military Child

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, along with its vendor partners, is celebrating the resiliency and fearless spirit of military brats by giving away nearly $50,000 in sweepstakes prizes throughout April, the Month of the Military Child.

“The Exchange salutes the resolute spirit of military brats around the world,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “To celebrate our young heroes’ service and sacrifice, the Exchange is offering incredible prizes for military children.”

The sweepstakes run from March 30 or April 1 until April 30. Prizes include:
• A $5,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola
• Exchange gift cards worth up from $200 to $500
• Commissary gifts cards worth up to $300
• Step 2 wagons
• Ashley Kids room makeover
• Backpacks
• Legos
• Transformers
• Nerf Blasters
• And more

For a complete list of Month of the Military Child sweepstakes and to enter, authorized shoppers, can visit at ShopMyExchange.com/MOMC. No purchase is necessary.

Each April, the Month of the Military Child recognizes the contributions of Warfighters’ children to the armed forces community. For information about the Exchange’s 2018 Month of the Military Child celebrations, visit ShopMyExchange.com/MOMC.

Facebook-friendly version: Nearly $50,000 in prizes are up for grabs during the Month of the Military Child from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2GjqWou

Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 56th-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

Media Notes:

For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Julie Mitchell, 214-312-3327 or mitchelljul@aafes.com.

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Westover has been around for over 75 years so it's not surprising that we get calls or messages from people saying they were born at the Westover Hospital. The hospital is long gone, torn down in the late 1980s but its memory lives on. I finally came across some photos of it in 1982. Were you born at the Westover Hospital or have any memories you'd like to share? (pope)

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Col. David Post, 439th Maintenance Group commander, salutes at the Holyoke St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 18. (Courtesy photo)

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Col. David Post, 439th Maintenance Group commander, pauses for a photo during the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 18. Parade officials invited Post as Westover's senior representative at the landmark western Massachusetts event. (Courtesy photo)

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I've been scanning more of our archive photos and came across these. They look like they are from when C-5A arrived at Westover. Question, when did the first C-5 arrive here? (pope)

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Good morning from Westover!

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