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  • Before you fly that new drone: know the rules

    The FAA has stated that unmanned aircraft systems are aircraft, not toys, making operators subject to aviation laws and guidelines. Knowing the laws and basic safety rules is essential, and helps you avoid stiff legal and civil penalties.
  • Ivy-Leaguer seeks adventure in Reserve

     When asked what he had accomplished last summer, SSgt.Jose Gutierrez said he traveled to Ecuador to conduct his independent researchproject for his studies at Yale University. The bioenvironmental technician --assigned to the 439th Aerospace Medicine Squadron -- downplayed thesignificance of his multi-pursuit life. “I conducted research that
  • 2015 Great New England Air Show, FAQ's

                    The 2015 Great New England Air Show will kick off May 16-17, 2015! **For live traffic updates,performing acts and other key Air Show information follow Westover onFacebook and Twitter:www.Facebook.com/Westover.PatriotQ- WHAT ARE SOME OF THE HEADLINE ACTS? A – Aerial demonstration teams include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels,Canadian
  • Key Spouse plans trivia night

    Key Spouse Program organizers are planning a "March Madness" trivia night at the Base Hangar at 6 p.m. March 9.Cost is $10 per person with funds going to the Friends of Family Support, which in turn assists the Airmen and Family Readiness Center with on-base family events such as the annual children's Christmas party.To reserve a table, call DeAnne
  • Westover Air Reserve Base Environmental Policy and Appointment of EMS

    MEMORANDUM FOR DISTRIBUTIONFROM: 439 AW/CC100 Lloyd Street, Box 63Westover ARB MA 01022-1825SUBJECT: Westover Air Reserve Base Environmental Policy and Appointment of EMSCoordinatorJanuary 23, 20121. The 439th Airlift Wing (439 AW) is the Headquarters for subordinate unit-equipped C-5B flying, maintenance and support groups and squadrons. With a
  • CFC tops $50,000

    The Patriot Wing topped an annual campaign goal in December. The wing raised $50,034 for the 2012 Combined Federal Campaign, which began in late September and wrapped up Dec. 15. The campaign goal was $45,000. Members of the 439th Maintenance Group raised the most funds, while the airlift wing staff agencies tallied second.
  • AFRC nominates wing commander and his wife for major award

    The Air Force Reserve Command announced Monday the nomination of Westover's wing commander and his spouse in recognition of their service and dedication to the military.Command officials notified Col. Steven Vautrain, and his wife, Katie, that they are the command's nominees for the 2013 General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award. This annual award
  • There she is: Miss Rhode Island United States

    "I had to low crawl for 100 feet. It was during a three-day combat training scenario called the 'beast,'" recalled SrA. Cara Lustig, lowering her shoulders to demonstrate. "Dirt was in my teeth, in my hair, it was everywhere. A TI crouched over me and shouted, 'Get your face in the sand!' I said to myself, 'What am I doing here?'"The formative
  • On the Front Line

    Hobert Yeager was 18 and working on a gas field in rural West Virginia when he received a draft notice in the mail in 1943. "I didn't think much about it at the time, I guess. A close buddy of mine was also drafted the same day," Yeager said. The two left for boot camp together but after training they were separated. His buddy fought in Germany
  • 2012: A year in review

    During 2012, Westover Airmen racked up 198 flying missions, moved 3.1 million pounds of cargo and put 19 planes through the isochronal inspection process. In addition to the regular workload, the wing took on a number of other roles in 2012.January began a string of Gillette Stadium flyovers, when 337th Airlift Squadron crew zoomed above the