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Westover ARB is the nation’s largest Air Force Reserve base, and is home to the Air Force’s largest cargo aircraft, the C-5 Galaxy. More than 2,700 military and civilian workers are assigned to Westover’s 439th Airlift Wing, a unit of the Air Force Reserve Command.

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Top 3 Kick-off the Summer Volleyball Tournament

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April 12, 2011 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The 2011 Westover Top 3 Kick-off the Summer Volleyball Tournament to benefit the Enlisted Scholarship Fund will be held June 4th. The event will take place at 4 p.m. at the New Pavilion Arena, next to the Base Exchange.

The cost is $5 per player. There is a six person team minimum.

There will be a prize for the person who wears the craziest shirt!

Family members are welcome to play or cheer!

Food for players will be provided by the Consolidated Open Mess (free with meal card).
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USO honors military members

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April 4, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine


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The 2011 Run to Home Base wants you

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The 2011 Run to Home Base is seeking a few good military members.

The organization announced in March that 45 spots have been made available for military members to participate in the 9K race that will take place on Sunday, May 22, inside Fenway Park.

For more information, visit runtohomebase.org/military. (The provided hyperlink does not constitute endorsement of this event by the United States Air Force.)
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Afghanistan crew flies old glory

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April 1, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine


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March 30 declared "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day"

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March 30, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The U.S. Senate declared March 30th "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day." On March 30, 1973, U.S. troops withdrew from Vietnam under the terms of the Treaty of Paris.

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, introduced the legislation saying, "Our soldiers served honorably and bravely in Vietnam. Unfortunately, they arrived home to a country in political turmoil, and never received the recognition they deserve. By setting March 30th aside as a day to focus on our Vietnam veterans, we can show our unified gratitude for their service and the sacrifices that these veterans made on our behalf."
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Westover Tricare Service to close

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March 30, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The Westover Tricare Service Center will close April 1, 2011.

Service members who need help or information can contact 1-877-Tricare or visit healthnetfederalservices.com.

Tricare is closing 15 service centers in the northeast region with "very low use," according to its website.
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Westover firefighters extinguish blaze

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March 28, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

Fire broke out at a company in the Westover Industrial Park that repairs and recaps tires at approximately 6:30 p.m. March 27.

Westover firefighters responded to a mutual-aid request from Chicopee and were on scene, within 8 minutes. Westover was contacted because of their proximity to the incident and their foam trailer that is designed to extinguish fires from jet fuel.

Officials believed the business, Bendag Co., located approximately one mile off base, contained large amounts of solvents and tire shreddings.
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Heroes return home

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March 28, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

Airmen from the 439th security forces returned home March 26 after a 180 day deployment to Afghanistan.

More than one dozen security force members were tasked with assisting the U.S. Army as Joint Expeditionary Tasked Airman.

The team has been deployed since September to Afghanistan. By the end of the tour the security forces members come home with an impressive record: three quarterly award winners and eight recommendations from the Air Force's 466th Air Expeditionary Squadron to receive medals for selfless devotion to duty. If that wasn't enough, they have saved lives.
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Family Fitness Day

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March 24, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

A Family Fitness Day is scheduled to celebrate the month of the military children. This event will take place on April 9, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Westover ARB gym, ellipse and the base hangar.

The day's events will include face painting, clowns, bounce houses, yoga, Boot camp by the Marines, football toss, basketball, lunch, make your own dog tags, prizes, obstacles courses, dodgeball and a 1 mile parent and child run/walk.

The race will begin at 8:45 a.m. with registration at 8:00 a.m. in front of the gym. Children under 13-years-old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the entire event.
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COPS AFGHANISTAN: Westover’s security forces save lives, move mountains

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March 23, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

More than a dozen Westover security forces Airmen loaded on a plane, stowed their gear, and calmly took their seats.

They were focused on deploying to Afghanistan for a unique mission to assist the U.S. Army as Joint Expeditionary Tasked Airman that required hand-picked personnel to carry out military police duties.

"I was both anxious and excited," said Senior Airman Bryan Healy, a 439th Security Forces team member. "I have wanted to deploy and do my part since I joined the Air Force, and I knew this was an opportunity to put all of my training to use and to contribute to the hard work and sacrifices of all those who have gone before me."
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Super moon spotlights Westover

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March 22, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine


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The season and discipline of Lent

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March 22, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

For Christians throughout the world, Ash Wednesday and the Season and discipline of Lent are here. Many times, we can be reluctant to enter into the discipline of Lent because we have been trained over the years from our youth to think that this Season and discipline of Lent is only about giving up things we enjoy doing in everyday life, such as chocolate, coffee, French fries, favorite snacks, eating between meals, and the like. Giving up the things that we enjoy can provide the discipline of mind, body, and soul to reach higher levels of both love and union with God as well as greater love of neighbor.
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Air Force Academy men’s gymnastics team visits Westover

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March 18, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine


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Virtual learning opportunities for members demobilizing

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March 18, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

Many opportunities exist for members getting out of the Reserve and National Guard, wounded warriors, and their families.

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Westover Fun Run

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March 18, 2011 in Air Force, Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

As the fog burned off the flight line, more than 50 people gathered around the Westover Fitness center preparing for the St. Patrick's Day 5K Fun Run here March 17.

William Craig said this was his first run since a recent surgery, and he was using the run to get back into shape.

Other runners included Marines, Army, civilian and Air force.

The race began around 8 a.m. in front of the Fitness Center. All racers showed their support of the holiday by wearing green. With the blink of an eye and the shout of "3, 2, 1 GO," the racers were off.
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