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  • Caring for those who bear the fight

    Three medical professionals of the 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron served four months in a place where theories and abstracts give way to tangibles as real as the shriek of a mortar alarm and the smell of burnt explosives, propellant and metal. Lieutenant Col. Robert C. Dorman, Maj. Robert D. Rostedt, and Maj. Maureen A. McCann treated physical
  • Westover water tower gets new coat

    Contractors paint Westover's 1940's-era water tower under scorching heat Aug. 2.  The repainting was a base civil-engineering project aimed at prolonging the life of the tower.  The 500,000 gallons of water in the tower supplement the base water supply in case of fire.  Workers completed the project Aug. 3.
  • Tune up

    Westover maintainers are trained on the inner workings of the massive engines aboard the C-5 Galaxy.  Westover operates and maintains 15 C-5A models and one C-5B.  The wing expects to be equipped with all B models within two years.  The Patriot Wing has been flying the Air Force's largest aircraft since 1987.
  • A Blaze of Glory

    Base Airmen and civilians would've wrapped themselves in the flag Wednesday--or anything else they could find to shield them from the searing, mid-day sun as temperatures here hovered at 100 degrees. Although the thermometer stopped one degree short of Massachusetts' 54-year-old mark for the hottest day on record, the oppressive conditions
  • Birds of a feather

    Patriot Wing C-5s get cozy with visiting Galaxies from Dover AFB, Del., and Travis AFB, Calif. The C-5 is the Air Force's largest aircraft. It carries fully-equipped, combat-ready military units to any point in the world on short notice then provides field support required to help sustain the fighting force. Ground crews can load and off load the
  • Going global

    A C-5 Galaxy from the 439th Airlift Wing, 337th Air Reserve Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Mass., sits on the ramp at Ramstein Air Base Germany while its crew prepares to upload the day's cargo in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The C-5 Galaxy is the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory and is capable of delivering
  • Westover contributes to crash investigation

    When Air Force officials began assembling a team of investigators to sift through the wreckage of the C-5 that crashed April 3 at Dover Air Force Base, Del., they looked to Westover for help. Four Patriot Wing members were hand-picked to serve on Air Mobility Command’s safety investigation board, the largest contingent from any base. Lt. Col.
  • Westover reservist climbs Mount Kilimanjaro

    If you think the Air Force's new fitness standards aren't tough enough, go climb a mountain.In January, a member of Westover's 42nd Aerial Port Squadron climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the world's tallest free-standing mountain. Yet, with nearly two years to prepare, Airman 1st Class Ryan Hockertlotz chose an unlikely candidate as his personal trainer:
  • Westover pilots help keep forces in Southwest Asia supplied, ready

    Two Patriot Wing pilots are deployed to the nerve center of Air Force operations in Southwest Asia where airlift can be a matter of life and death for the men and women they support in combat. In May, Lt. Col. Jennifer W. Farrelly and Maj. Vernon M. Wegener of the 337th Airlift Squadron began four-month Air and Space Expeditionary Force tours at