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  • 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
  • Generals return, complete last flight

    Two flag-ranked officers piloted C-5s into history at Westover in June. Brig. Gen. Wade Farris, 439th Airlift Wing commander, returned June 4 from his four-month deployment to Southwest Asia, while Maj. Gen. Martin M. Mazick, 22nd Air Force commander, flew his final training mission on a C-5 June 3. General Farris was deployed as the deputy
  • Westover medics team up for joint field exercise

    Once a year, Westover's Team Yankee medical exercise brings together good people and makes them even better. Team Yankee 2006, the premier New England joint military and civilian medical exercise, assembled teams of highly-experienced medical specialists and ran them through a mass casualty scenario that could have been a replay of operations in
  • Reservist paddles famous New York waterway

    Master Sgt. Helen Crouch, 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron medical technician, recently paddled a scenic route famous in American colonial history and took first place in the women's division of a racing canoe regatta. Sergeant Crouch maneuvered her racing canoe 70 miles down New York's Susquehanna River from Glimmerglass Lake at Cooperstown,
  • Marathon Men

    Two Patriot Wing reservists proved on Patriot's Day they can go the distance … a very, very long distance. On April 17, Technical Sgt. William J. Brown, 58th Aerial Port Squadron, and Senior Airman Michael P. Kraus, 439th Airlift Wing finance office, competed in the 110th running of the prestigious Boston Marathon. Finishing the winding, 26.2-mile
  • Mission to Krygyzstan air base takes first shirt around world

    Master Sgt. Bert A. Quick is serving an AEF tour almost as far away from home as you can go - without starting to come back again. The deployed 439th Operations Support Squadron first sergeant is at Manas AB, in Central Asia’s Kyrgyzstan republic - a part of the world that is the last stop before China. To get there you have to go past Afghanistan,