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November 2014 Newsletter




The GCC Board of Directors have been working on the air show for several months but, they cannot do it all!  GCC Members, we need YOUR participation in the following upcoming events


November 19 - Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Breakfast at La Quinta Hotel in Springfield

Be present at the breakfast as they salute Westover and the GCC

Please plan to attend at least one of the above events.

Contact Bud Shuback at or call (413) 592-6301

Letter from the GCC President


Galaxy Community Council Members,

I hope you had an enjoyable summer.  We suspended our August meeting because many of our members were taking advantage of the fine weather and enjoying what is left of summer.     I’m sure that all of you are now reinvigorated and beginning at our next meeting on September 17th, you’ll be anxious to focus your attention to our most important event, the Great New England Air Show (GNEAS).

I look forward to working with every GCC member to make the 2015 GNEAS a great success.  But we need your help to make it happen.  Although Westover ARB could host an Open House, without the GCC, the GNEAS wouldn’t take place.


In addition to our regular meetings, the GCC Board of Directors has been meeting monthly since December to plan for the 2015 GNEAS.  The foundation has been laid to take care of our responsibilities.  Most team leaders have been appointed and you will hear from them is coming meetings.  If you are interested in working on a particular team, contact the team leader.

Under the leadership of Air Show Boss, Lt Col. David Smith, our counterparts on the Air Force side have also been conducting planning sessions. Soon, base-wide meetings in the Conference Center will take place where we will combine our efforts.  If you are interested in attending those meetings, please let me know.


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


Westover Community Involvement

2014 activities will include:

•    One or two fundraisers to provide start-up funds for the next Great New England Air Show,  featuring the
U S Navy Blue Angels on May 16th and 17th, 2015.  The Board of Directors will be working hard at securing sponsors and available grant monies to support this event.
•    In October, Westover ARB will be celebrating its 75th anniversary and the 439th Airlift Wing will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. 
•    We will continue our successful speakers’ program at the General Meetings. 
•    Participation in the Chicopee Memorial Day Parade and Veterans’ Day activities.
•    We will contribute to the Westover USO, the Airman & Family Readiness Center, the Civil Air Patrol and the Westover Young Marines.
•    We will organize bus trips to locations of interest by GCC members.
•    We also will do what we can to provide input to the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force in advocating for Westover Air Reserve Base and its place in Western Massachusetts.

Our membership continues to be strong; we have approximately 150 members who have renewed their memberships. 

I encourage all GCC members to actively participate in all of our activities and to invite guests to consider joining our organization.  Our mission is to enhance the ties between Westover and the surrounding communities, and support the men and women at Westover .  If anyone has any suggestions or wants to become more involved in an activity to better fulfill our mission, please contact me or any member of the board of directors.  I’m proud to be associated with the members of the Galaxy Community Council, which will continue to be an important part of the Westover Family.  With your help, we can look forward to another successful year for the GCC and Westover ARB in 2014.

Sincerely yours,

Bud Shuback, President
Galaxy Community Council



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2013/2014 Galaxy Council Officers:
President: Bud Shuback
Vice President: Connie Foster
Secretary: Joe Marois
Treasurer: Paul Aubuchon

Subject: 2014 GCC meeting & events schedule


Effective March 19th, the GCC meeting schedule has been changed to the THIRD WEDNESDAY of every 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 1600 hrs sharp.


General Membership meetings will continue to be held at the Westover Club beginning with dinner at 5:30 PM.  The business meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.


2014 Meeting Schedule

19 November
17 December (no Board meeting)

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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