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  • Wing commander reviews recent events, success

    Yes, I skipped October. The month really slipped by me. I cannot believe just how fast it went.Octoberfest at the club was super. Again, well worth the $5 membership fee. Beer, brats and an Oomph band. The Galaxy Community Council (GCC) members were out in force helping out where they could and sponsoring the event. Their volunteering effort
  • The origin of the fini flight hose down?

    The Air Force has some fascinating traditions; crud, carrier landings, round metal objects, and the fini-flight hosedown. For those who don’t know; the fini flight or final flight is the tradition of a pilot or flight crew member who is either leaving the unit or retiring. Upon landing a large group of people welcomes the member with a fire hose of water after he or she steps off the aircraft.
  • It's Hispanic Heritage Month; Westover events

    During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States, and celebrate the many different cultures that make up Hispanic Heritage.
  • September marks National Suicide Awareness Prevention Month

       September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month—a time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 9 – 15, with World Suicide Prevention Day Sept. 10.    During this day and week, individuals and organizations will be drawing attention to
  • 25 years of aiming high to be funny

    For over 25 years retired Master Sgt. W.C. Pope has been making them laugh in the Air Force Reserve Command.
  • Be Ready!

    Many people may not be aware of what a command chief’s responsibilities are. Here’s my opportunity to give you my vision and a few of my moving-forward priorities. Although not all-inclusive, I am responsible for leading the enlisted force, advising our commander on matters impacting the enlisted force, and making sure the commander’s priorities
  • Three points to the Patriot Wing

    WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. -- As we begin our journey together, I want you to know that my family and I were extremely impressed by the warm welcomes and awesome show of force during the change of command ceremony on Sunday of the June UTA. Stepping into this role is a responsibility that I take seriously. Commander of the Patriot Wing is
  • It’s not a parenting “style” – It’s knowledge

    During the past five years, I’ve made several bloody trips to the emergency room. As the mom of three young kids, blood and tears just seem to come with the territory. My oldest is only five-years-old and has already gotten staples, stiches, and glue adhesives to close wounds on his head. I’m definitely not a, “helicopter mom.” However, when it
  • Political season do's and don't's for Reservists

    With the presidential election upon us, everyone is encouraged to vote – including those in the military. “The Department of Defense has a longstanding policy of encouraging DoD personnel to carry out the obligations of citizenship,” according to DoD officials. However, civil servants and military members are held to a high standard and can’t
  • Chief's View: Own Your Career; Own Your Path

    I believe it is absolutely critical for you to know what I value as your chief and what we are doing at the headquarters to help our Airmen succeed. My job is to provide you the tools, training and support you need to have a successful Air Force career, but to do that, you need to be proactive and own your own path. I want to take this opportunity