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  • Flight engineer pulls on mess dress for wedding

    A 337th Airlift  Squadron flight engineer recently got married in full military tradition. Tech. Sgt. Kevin P. Godbout and his wife, Chrissa, joined together for a military wedding in October 2005 with Chaplain (Maj.) William Wiecher, 439th Airlift Wing chaplain, who performed the ceremony. The bride and groom were introduced by entering the
  • Patriot and visting mechanics save time, money with westover C-5 repairs

    Members of the 439th Maintenance Squadron wear on their unit patch the bywords Mission, Excellence, Spirit. The squadron’s structural maintenance shop, with the help of fellow maintainers from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and Tinker AFB, Okla., lived up to that standard recently when they were confronted by a potentially long, costly
  • New gate barrier system helps protect Westover

    The earthmovers and gate closures are in the past as the focal points of the base have a new look. A new entry control complex on Westover Road and pop-up barrier systems at both gates help ensure that the nation’s largest Air Force Reserve base complies with the latest anti-terrorism and force protection standards for years to come. The new
  • Loadmaster gives wings to childhood dream

    It was love at first sight for four-year old Susan Bolduc. Her new-found love was well-traveled, very tall, powerfully built and helped a lot of people. She was hooked. The object of her young affections was a C-5. Twenty-four years later, the smitten, brunette loadmaster stands on Westover’s tarmac surrounded by the giants she still loves. She is
  • Patriot Wing crews support earthquake relief

    U.S. Pacific Command Airmen loaded three C-5 Galaxies with helicopters, support equipment and Soldiers bound to help earthquake victims in Pakistan Oct. 16. The Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters are the first command assets to deploy to earthquake-shattered Pakistan. A C-5 can carry two CH-47 helicopters and is the only aircraft in the Air Force
  • Falcons to salute Patriot Wing

    The Springfield Falcons Hockey Team will salute Westover Air Force reservists Jan. 7 by offering discount tickets to unit members and their families. Reservists who would like to attend can call the recruiting office at Exts. 2330 or 2125. Transportation arrangements are being made to and from the base.  Col. Wade Farris, 439th Airlift Wing
  • Ellipse to feature new running track

    The Patriot Wing will soon have a new way to promote the Air Force’s fitness policies. Construction began in November on a rubberized track going around the inner lane of the base ellipse. During construction, which should be completed before the onset of winter, the ellipse will be closed, said Maj. Lisa B. Houle, 439th Airlift Wing executive
  • War in Dogpatch

    Members of the 439th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron honed their wartime skills Oct. 1-2 at the Dogpatch training area. The training took place amid perfect fall weather conditions in the training area.“This is what is so great, seeing our younger troops benefiting from this training,” said Chief Master Sgt. Catherine J. Skalecki, AES
  • FLIGHT OF HOPE C-5 airlifts Hurricane Katrina victims

    Even the most hardened aircrew couldn’t believe what they saw. A line of exhausted and starving Hurricane Katrina victims, extending several miles, awaited entry into New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport Sept. 3. Thousands more packed the airport’s halls. A makeshift hospital, positioned in the rear of the airport, tended to hundreds