GALAXY COMMUNITY COUNCIL
570 Patriot Avenue, Box 10
Westover Air Reserve Base, MA 01022-1634
Newsletter for WEDNESDAY, October 18th, 2017
Compiled by Bud Shuback
September Guest Speaker: Major Michael R. Schultz, Executive Officer, Marine Air Support
Squadron 6 at Westover.
Marine Air Support Squadron 6 (MASS-6), is a reserve United States Marine Corps aviation command and control unit that provides the Direct Air Support Center (DASC) for the Marine Forces Reserve. Their headquarters is in Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts and their Detachment Alpha is located at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.
Their mission is to provide the means to process immediate air support requests, coordinate aircraft employment with other supporting arms, manage terminal control assets supporting ground combat and combat service support forces, and control assigned aircraft and itinerant manned and unmanned aircraft transiting through its area of responsibility.
Among other things, Major Schultz will discuss his unit’s role at Westover and interaction with the GCC.
4th AF Commander: Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden (March AFB, CA)
439th AW Leadership
Commander: Col. Scott Durham
Vice Commander: Col. Howard Clark
Mission Support Group Commander: Col Karen “Jack” Magnus
Congratulations to Col. D. Scott Durham and the 439th Air Wing for successfully completing the recent Capstone inspection. Their diligent effort and hard work has paid off…Well Done! They have lived up to their motto: “Leaders in Excellence”
Flight Simulator A new flight simulator is helping aircrews train on the C-5M Super Galaxy. The $1.5 million simulator houses C-5M training that all Westover aircrew are required to complete. GCC member Adam
Howe will be working with AF personnel to enable GCC members to spend time in the new simulator in 2018.
Department of Defense Extends Online Military Exchange Shopping Privileges to Veterans The Department of Defense announced a policy change that will extend limited online military exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military. The Veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
GCC PRESIDENT RESIGNS:
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. Vice President Connie Brown will capably assume leadership of the Council and I urge you to give her your support.
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 transformed the Council into a well-respected organization at Westover, in the Air Force and in our local civilian 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.
I want to thank everyone 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
FROM THE NEW GCC PRESIDENT:
Hello fellow Galaxy members,
Since joining the council a few months before the 2008 Air Show, I have been beyond impressed with the organization and specifically its members. I don’t say that lightly. From not having any idea what was going on throughout 2008, I have witnessed firsthand 2 more Air Shows, 6 Family Days, countless Change of Commands, USO, Young Marines, CAP events (the list goes on), and there were Galaxy Council members volunteering their time because we know what we does matters. We support Westover. And we will continue to do that.
I need your help. Learning in the past few weeks how much Bud handled on his own; I know I need you. Having a full-time job, I cannot dedicate the countless hours Bud put into this. I would love to. I can promise you I will do everything I can to continue to make Galaxy Council an integral part of the Base and the Community. Off the top of my head, we need everyone to renew your membership and get ready for a kickin’ 2018 Air Show. If you haven’t been assigned a task yet, hold on – it’s coming! We need Board members, including a new membership coordinator. We need volunteers to attend functions on behalf of the Galaxy Council. Meet people, tell them what we’re all about. We need a Guest Speaker committee. We have speakers lined up for November and January; but I’d love to know what you’d like to hear about at our meetings. Maybe I’m reaching; but like I said, I cannot do it alone.
Thank you to all of you who have called or stopped me to say you will help. I will be calling on you! Please don’t be shy. If you have something to say, say it. Call me 413-584-4800 or send me an email ConnieMichele16@gmail.com. Let’s work together to support our mission, produce a great Air Show and hey, have some fun while we’re at it.
I look forward to being the Acting-President of the Galaxy Community Council through December 2018. Thank you.
MEMBERSIP RENEWAL TIME:
It’s that time of year again! And as tends to happen, we have new guidelines regarding membership. Our IDs are now valid for one year from date of renewal. Currently your ID is valid until
December 31, 2017. When you renew, your ID will be valid for 365 days from the date you renew. That will make things a little more interesting when it comes time for renewal next year; but we can cross that path next year.
We also have a new security form. Please complete the form using the computer or print very very neatly. Do not sign or date the security form until the day you go in for your ID.
Procedurally, fill out the new security form (attached, or found on our website). Mail that form and your dues to Galaxy Community Council, 570 Patriot Ave, Box 10, Westover ARB, MA 01022. Our membership team will let you know when you have been cleared. You then have 30 days to go in and get your ID. You can also bring forms and dues to the October or November meetings.
Reminder, dues are $75. Spouse membership is $25.
2018 is an Air Show year! We need you! We need everyone!!!
Thank you. Connie
NOTEWORTHY ACTIVITIES OF GCC MEMBERS
- Effective October 18th Connie Brown will officially assume the duties of acting president of the
Galaxy Community Council.
- Thanks to Bill Sheehan, Ed Spellacy and Joe Marois for facilitating the transition of GCC
- POC Kathy Wood has announced that Harvey Lafleur, Bill Anderson, Bob LeMay, Bill Hicks, Dave Carbin, and Rich Marion. Marie Laflamme, Connie and Gary Brown and Bud Shuback have volunteered for the October 14th Oktoberfest event at the Westover Club.
2018 GREAT NEW ENGLAND AIR SHOW:
We have had some good movement over the last month. I have mentioned we have the Jet Truck, Rob Holland, a B-17 and Geico Skytypers signed up. We will be adding the Ace Maker T-33 shortly, along with an Avenger. We continue to reach to new acts the best we can. Our fund raising group is working hard to secure funds. The AF has started the monthly Airshow meetings also.
The Great New England Air Show is a major responsibility of the Galaxy Community Council. Your commitment to the GCC and the Air Show is essential. Its success benefits Westover and our communities. Our top priority therefore, is involving all GCC members. Your help and input is essential to our mission. Discuss your commitment to working at the air show with a member of the Board of Directors.
AIR SHOW FUNDRAISER RAFFLE: Bill Hick and Rich Marion are reaching out in support of our annual 50/50 style fundraiser. Bill and Rich will be asking GCC members for the December 13th drawing to help reach our goal of $4,000 in sales. Contact Bill Hick, firstname.lastname@example.org or Rich Marion, email@example.com for more tickets or information.
GCC CONTRIBUTES TO WESTOVER ENTITIES AND ACTIVITIES Thanks to all GCC members who are working to fulfill our mission of supporting the men and women at Westover. Our 2017 contributions include:
Including a Monday night dinner
o Civil Air Patrol 500
o Youth Outreach Day 200
o Airmen & Family Readiness 950 Including the WARB Children’s Christmas party
o Westover Club event (14 Oct) 2,500 Budgeted for Family Day alternative event
- October 14th: Oktoberfest event for our reservists.
- October 29th: Young Marines Birthday Ball at the Log Cabin.
- November 11th: USO Veterans breakfast at the Log Cabin.
- December 2nd: Westover children’s Christmas party. GCC volunteers will be needed to help Westover’s
Airman & Family Readiness office for this family event for our reservists.
- December 13th: GCC Christmas dinner meeting at the Knights of Columbus, 460 Granby Rd, Chicopee
UPDATE: Special “Oktoberfest” event for reservists on October 14th: Because of a major inspection at Westover later that will occur September 21-26, Westover’s leadership is
focusing their attention on its successful outcome. On October 14, the GCC and the Westover Club will help them recover by hosting an Oktoberfest event for reservists to enjoy German Fare, German beer specials and live entertainment. They can also participate in Corn Hole and Kan Jam tournaments for a chance to win awesome prizes (donated by the GCC)!
DINNER AT MONTHLY MEETINGS
- IMPORTANT! HAVE YOUR GCC NAME-TAG WHEN CHECKING INTO DINNER We are transitioning to a new electronic check-in system, so a bar code will be attached to your name-tag. If you do not have a name-tag email or call Bud Shuback.
- NEW: Sign-in cut-off for dinner at GCC meetings has been changed to 6:00 PM.
Sign-in for dinners is from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Meal tickets will not be available before and after these times.
- Please remember that our GCC members who handle dinner check-in are volunteering their time to do this important job. Please be patient with them during check-in.
o Be sure to have your Westover ID card with you when you check in and on you at all times while on Westover ARB.
o When paying for dinner, please have currency denominations of $20 bills or smaller. PLEASE DO NOT pay with $100 or $50 bills.
GCC FUNDRAISER THROUGH AMAZON.com
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same low prices, selection and shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Galaxy Community Council’s efforts. This is an easy way for Amazon shoppers to provide financial support to the GCC AT NO COST TO YOU. To participate, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You use your same Amazon account on Amazon Smile and refer to the GCC.
NEW MEMBER APPLICATION PROCEDURE: As always, we encourage members to find interested individuals to join our organization. If you would like to invite someone to join us at one of our meetings to see what we do, contact Bud Shuback to arrange base access.
Because we meet on a Federal Military installation, our security procedures require that the following steps be taken to become a member of the GCC:
- The applicant must be sponsored by a current GCC member who knows them.
- Fill out a membership application and submit it along with an annual dues check for $75. If the applicant is a spouse of a current GCC member, submit the application with an annual dues check of $25.00.
- After submitting the application to GCC Membership Director, Gail Sherman, it will be reviewed at the next
GCC Board of Directors meeting and the Board will vote on acceptance.
- On acceptance by the Board, the applicant must fill out a Westover Background check form (SF-1) that is submitted to Base Security. To expedite the membership application process, this form may be submitted with the membership application.
- After the background check is completed, the applicant will be notified that he or she has been accepted as a GCC member. They can then to go to Westover Pass & ID to obtain a Westover ID card. The applicant will also be invited to the next general membership meeting where he or she will be presented with a New Member Package.
- For more information, contact Gail Sherman firstname.lastname@example.org 413-364-0074.
- October 18th & November 15th at the Westover Club.
GCC MERCHANDISE: Contact Rick Hirt email@example.com for more information about, or to purchase GCC merchandise.
GCC WEB SITE
If you have questions regarding meeting dates, upcoming events, our newsletter or other information, please go to www.galaxycouncil.com. It is updated regularly and contains a lot of information. CHECK IT OUT!
Important information for Galaxy Council Members while at Westover
- Westover Base Security may make occasional random checks of vehicles that enter WARB.
- Driving on Westover (driving privileges can be suspended for non-compliance):
o Always use seat belts.
o No cell phone use while driving
o Max speed limit on base is 30 MPH.
o When leaving via the Westover Road gate, the speed limit is 15 MPH until Westover Road.
- GCC members can use the following on-base facilities: Westover Club, Subway, Bowling Alley and OUTDOOR REC >> Fishing equipment, campers, lawn care equipment, party supplies and so much more! Visit www.westoverservices.com for a full price list and call 557-2192 to reserve.
GCC Charter: To read the GCC charter and operating policies, please go to www.galaxycouncil.com
PIONEER VALLEY USO wants your help ( www.pioneervalleyuso.org ) The GCC helps the USO to support the military men and women stationed at Westover. If you would like to help with any of their events, contact Al Tracy at 413-557-3290.
They also accept contributions of non-perishable foods, furniture, household goods, books, magazines, DVDs, baby supplies and more.
“Prior preparation prevents piss-poor performance.”