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As you are probably aware, Galaxy President Bud Shuback has resigned after serving as President for the past 10 years.  The Galaxy Community Council is greatly appreciative of the time and effort Bud has spent while serving as President.


Article VII, Section 2 of the Galaxy Charter states that the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the President’s absence.  We are fortunate to have a highly qualified person currently serving as Vice president.


Connie Brown has been a member of the Galaxy Council for nine years and has served as Vice president for the last four years.  Her performance as Vice President has clearly  demonstrated  her ability to effectively manage the position of President of the Galaxy Council and so will serve as Acting President for the remainder of Bud Shuback’s term which runs through December 2018. Since Connie will be serving as Acting President, her position as Vice President is not vacant.  Consequently, there will not be an election of officers as the other officers terms run through December 2018.


Please join us in thanking Bud for his dedicated service and congratulate Connie Brown on her appointment as our Acting President.


Bill Sheehan – Board of Director’s Emeritus

Ed Spellacy  –  Board of Directors Emeritus

Joe Marois  –   Board of Directors  Emeritus




September 20, 2017

To: the Galaxy Community Council Membership

Subject: Resignation as GCC president

For ten gratifying years, I have been honored to be the president of the Galaxy Community Council.  It has been an honor to have held the position for so long.   I have decided that it is time for me to step aside.  I am, therefore, resigning my position effective October 18th of this year. 

The GCC has grown and gained respect throughout the Air Force and our communities.  In 2015, we held the most successful air show ever held at Westover ARB.  There is every reason to believe that 2018 will be even better.  Over the years, I and many of the GCC team have put in countless hours on behalf of the GCC.  For me, it has been a labor of love.

With the help of the Board Directors and Council members since 2007, we have maintained the Council as a well-respected organization at Westover, in the Air Force and in our local communities.  The Council is respected because of the participation of a diverse Board and membership, because of the checks and balances that have been established and because of our financial transparency.  Thanks to everyone who has helped to make the GCC a success. 

Needless to say, none of the GCC accomplishments would have been possible without the men and women of Westover.  The support of commanders and their staff, with whom we have worked, have left no doubt that we are supporting the finest military in the world.  Thanks to them and all they do for our country, our communities and the GCC.

With the change in leadership, there will be some uncertainty, but I’m sure that my successor, Connie Brown will work to gain your trust.  I urge you to give her your support and time to make that happen.

I want to thank everyone in the GCC for your support over the years.  I am honored to have worked with you.  I think we’ve accomplished a lot and it is my hope that the Council will continue its good work in supporting the men, women and mission here at Westover.


Respectfully submitted,

Bud Shuback


2016 accomplishments 

  • We continued our participation with and/or made financial contributions to Westover tenants including the Pioneer Valley USO, the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Marine MASS-6, the Civil Air Patrol, the Young Marines, Youth Outreach Day and 439th AW Protocol.
  • We continued relationships between the GCC and the local community primarily through   the Chicopee and South Hadley Chambers of Commerce.  We also communicated with our elected officials to inform them about GCC activities and learn about their efforts on behalf of Westover. 
  • Events in which GCC members participated include the USO’s spring gala, the Chicopee Memorial Day parade, Chicopee’s Halloween event and the USO Veterans Day breakfast.
  • Our largest event of the year was Family Day on Saturday August 6th.  About 100 GCC volunteers stepped up to bat for the 439th Airlift Wing reservists and their dependents. In addition to our financial contribution, we took over the jobs necessary to enable over 3,000 reservists and family members to spend a relaxing and enjoyable day together. 
  • In addition to working with Air Force units, we have developed a great relationship with the Marine units at Westover.  In September we helped them with the GySgt Sullivan 5K Run in Springfield, and in December, GCC volunteers helped with their Toys for Tots program.


2017 activities will include:

  • Westover’s Family Day will again take place in late summer of 2017.
  • In 2015, we had, what was arguably the best air show that has ever taken place at Westover. We will work throughout 2017 to organize fulfillment of our responsibilities to make the 2018 edition of the Great New England Air Show even better.
  • We will have a fundraiser to contribute to the 2018 Great New England Air Show.
  • Continuance of our successful speakers’ program at our monthly Meetings.
  • Maintenance Group Commander Moore has offered an inspection tour of a C-5M when one is available and GCC point of contact Adam Howe will arrange for use of the C-5M simulator when it is available.
  •  Participation in the Chicopee Memorial Day Parade and Veterans’ Day activities.
  • We will again contribute to the Westover USO, the Airman & Family Readiness Center, the Civil Air Patrol, the Westover Young Marines, Youth Outreach Day and to other Westover military tenants where there is a need.
  • We will consider a bus trip if enough GCC members are interested.
  • We will participate and do what we can to provide input to any Massachusetts or Air Force program that will advocate for, and expand the use of Westover Air Reserve Base.

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.

Westover Community Involvement


Pan Amusings

Galaxy Council Board Member Ed Spellacy continues his short stories (Pan Amusings) from his days as a PanAm 747 Captain. Check out these very interesting stories from a fellow member.

Subject: 2017 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.

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.

Full Membership meetings are at the Westover Club.  Dinner is available between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.  The business meeting begins at 6:30 PM sharp.

2017 Meeting Schedule   
               18 October
               15 November
               13 December – Christmas dinner meeting

2017 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.



The Galaxy Community Council is a 501c3 charitable corporation.

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

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January 10, 2018
January 17, 2018
  • GCC Board Meeting
    Wing HQ Conference Room
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  • GCC General Meeting
    Westover Consolidated Club, 6640 Anderson Road, Chicopee, MA 01022, USA
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February 14, 2018

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2017/2018 Galaxy Council Officers:

President: Connie Brown
Vice President
Secretary: Marie LaFlamme
Treasurer: Jack Burns