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The 2015 Great New England Air Show is over and it was a resounding success.  Estimates so far are that approximately 375,000 people came to see the amazing demonstrations of the best of the best that our military has to offer.  It was arguably the most complicated and successful air show ever to take place at Westover.


From the military side, the U S Navy Blue Angels, the RCAF Snowbirds, the USAF F-22 and CF-18 demonstrations, and the US Army Golden Knights were spectacular.  GCC support enabled the GEICO Skytypers, aerobatic performances by Sean Tucker and Rob Holland as well as the vintage War Birds to be major performers..  Many static displays of military and civilian aircraft rounded out the show.


The Galaxy Community Council has never received more recognition and appreciation from the Westover leadership or from our communities.  They have all recognized the importance of the GCC.  With the help of our sponsors, we provided hotel rooms, rental cars, aviation fuel and hospitality to the performers.  In the Galaxy Gardens, we provided the tents, tables, chairs and food for our sponsors, volunteers and guests. We also augmented Westover’s Public Affairs office to help provide unprecedented publicity of the air show.


None of this could have taken place without an incredible effort from the men and women of Westover, all of the members of the Galaxy Community Council, our sponsorship agent, Phil Pacific of the ADC Group and all of our sponsors, large and small.


It wasn’t perfect, but no event of this magnitude goes off without an opportunity for improvement.  GCC members and Westover’s men and women are not professionals at producing an air show with 400,000 attendees.  We have, however, used our collective knowledge and resources to produce an amazing event.  I urge all of you to submit your constructive criticism to add to our bank of knowledge to help future air show organizers and volunteers.


I want to thank every member of the Galaxy Community Council who participated in the success of this year’s air show, for your time, effort and expertise.  I am proud to be associated with you.




Bud Shuback, President

Galaxy Community Council

The 2015 Great New England Air Show

Fact Sheet

What: Westover Air Reserve Base Open House and GREAT NEW ENGLAND AIR SHOW

Where: Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Massachusetts

When: Saturday, May 16th and Sunday May 17th, 2015

Why: Community outreach to link military service members and surrounding communities

Economic Impact: A University of Massachusetts study estimated that the impact to the communities  surrounding Westover ARB was $13.5 million with $8.2 million coming from outside of the region.

Produced by: United States Air Force Reserve Command’s 439th Airlift Wing

Supported by: The Galaxy Community Council at Westover


The mission of the Galaxy Community Council is to:
Support the military men, women and mission of Westover ARB.
Increase public awareness about what Westover means to local communities.
Promote interaction between Westover ARB and its surrounding communities.
Co-produce the Great New England Air Show.

•    Acts and performers including fuel, transportation, lodging, rental cars and food.
•    Infrastructure, promotional and other production costs
•    Seed money for Westover’s next edition of the Great New England Air Show.
•    GCC Contribution Recipients:
o    Pioneer Valley USO
o    Westover Airman & Family Readiness Center
o    Westover Civil Air Patrol
o    Westover Chiefs’ Council
o    Westover Family Day
o    Westover Young Marines
o    Youth Outreach Day
o    Pilot For a Day program
o    The Galaxy Community Council’s community affiliate, the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield


Westover Community Involvement



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2014/2015 Galaxy Council Officers:
President: Bud Shuback
Vice President: Connie Foster
Secretary: Amy Beth Perry
Treasurer: Paul Aubuchon

Subject: 2015 GCC meeting & events schedule


Meetings of the GCC membership will be held on the third Wednesday of the month.  Advance notice of changes will be posted at


Meeting cancellations due to weather will be posted on WGGB 40 & Fox 6.


Unless otherwise notified, all Board of Directors meetings will be held in the Wing HQ conference room beginning at 1600hrs sharp on the same date.


General Membership meetings are at the Westover Club.  Dinner is available between 5:15 and 6:15 PM.  The business meeting begins at 6:30 PM sharp.


2015 Meeting Schedule

21 October

18 November
16 December - Christmas Meeting


2015 Events


11 November    Veterans Day Activities


Other activities including GCC fundraisers will be announced.

Reminder: Seat belt usage is mandatory on Westover ARB. Violators will lose base access privileges for 30 days.

Military Discounts plus 1st Month Free




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It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no governmental status.

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