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  • Fitness editorial -- part 2 -- Local hike affords beautiful vistas, rigorous workout

     If you're like me, you can only take so much of the weight room, treadmill or the elliptical. If so, why not try one nearby hike that offers beautiful views of Western Massachusetts and will also get you closer to your PT goals?     Just a short drive through Granby will take you to the Mt. Holyoke Range State Park, home to miles and miles of
  • Fitness editorial -- part 1 -- Run a weekly 5-K

         Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series highlighting local attractions that encourage Airmen to participate in outdoor recreation and physical activity.          With less than a month before the Air Force's new fitness standards go into effect, most of us are in 'crunch time' trying to lose those extra pounds or take a few
  • There is no easy way to Get One Now, but it's worth it

    The coin came in the mail. A shiny, new token for referring friends and relatives to what I regard as the best organization to work for in the world. For this I was being rewarded.The Get One Now Program, an ever-changing incentive plan to encourage current members to refer quality, interested and qualified people to the Air Force Reserve, offers
  • "Hurts One Hurts All" -- the 2010 Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program Theme

    Hurts One Hurts All is the 2010 Department of Defense Sexual Assault theme. This theme is not meant to be a catchy marketing line but rather to highlight a reality on the outcome of this type of crime. Whenever one of our servicemembers is assaulted, other people are impacted such as significant others, close friends, family members, as well as our
  • Essay winners reflect on military pride, families

      EDITOR'S NOTE: Steven Naylor, a family member of a Westover reservist, and Master Sgt. Kara Stackpole, 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, recently each won $500 Chiefs' Council scholarships for their essays. Steven is the son of Tech. Sgt. Brian Naylor, 42nd Aerial Port Squadron. The following are excerpts from his essay that answered: "What
  • You could learn a lot from a veteran

    Sometimes, the people I meet and the stories I hear astound me.As a C-5 Galaxy pilot, myself and the crew have the honor of meeting scores of men and women traveling in and out of our theater of operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. The men and women who I work with every day understand the importance of connecting with these brave
  • Wing commander's Christmas greeting

    Diane and I wish all of you and your families the happiest of the Holiday Season. You have worked hard and succeeded in every endeavor this year and are the true measure of an outstanding wing. Vince Lombardi once said, "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." You continue to chase perfection and for that
  • Wing Commander's Holiday Message

    As we conclude another great year at Westover, on behalf of the leadership here, I want to take the time to say how much I appreciate everything you do for our nation and for the 439th Airlift Wing. The dedication and service each of you demonstrates every day to get the job done and to answer the call is still remarkable to me. The best way to