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Sentry program

Posted 5/4/2012   Updated 5/17/2013 Email story   Print story


by MSgt. Andrew Biscoe
439th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

5/4/2012 - WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- The Sentry program encourages wing commanders to permit non-profit organizations and other government agencies to use Westover facilities for events (within mission restraints).

The Sentry program is designed for use by wing units which wish to conduct an event that would be out of their normal scope of operations.

Westover tenant units also use the Sentry program for coordinating change-of-command ceremonies, exercises at the Dogpatch training area and other requests involving base support that wouldn't already be covered in an "Interservice Support Agreement."

Transiting aircraft aircrews, who may require billeting and transportation, coordinate through the Sentry program.

Westover's geographic location continues to make the base a frequent stopover for American aircraft and allies, such as Canada and Great Britain.

As one of the program's "gatekeepers," MSgt. Karcz relies on a network of military and Sentry provides support to transient crews, tenant units civilian sections on the base to help: These include the base contractor, civil engineering, airfield operations, transient alert, aerial ports, security forces, and public affairs.

Non-DoD ID card holders must initially process their listing of names, and hold harmless waivers for JA, and any media coordination with MSgt. Karcz, who then sends out a group email to the base.

Once all the facts are gathered, a summary is presented to the wing commander, who must approve each event.

For more information on the Sentry program: 
          (413) 557-3801.

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