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Newsletter for WEDNESDAY, MAY 17th, 2017

Compiled by Bud Shuback, President GCC


MEMBER OF THE MONTH:  The Galaxy Community Council’s member of the month for May is Christine Maiwald.  She and her husband, fellow GCC member Werner, own and operate Renaissance Advisory Services, LLC. Chris is an integral part of the company and as Corporate Administrator she is responsible for the day to day operations, accounts payable, event planning and corporate branding. They have grown their business together and now have 5 in the group.   Their growth has been organic, as they only take on 2-3 new clients a month. Their motto is; “We connect with our clients, not collect them.” Their name recognition in the community is what sets them apart and speaks to their reputable work.

Chris has a love for community and it is shown through her volunteer activities and monetary donations to many causes. In addition to her commitment to the Galaxy Community Council and active participant in the Westover Air Show and other GCC activities, as a member of the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce Chris and Werner were chosen by the chamber as recipients of the 2017 “Citizens of the Year”. She is a Board of Director for the East of the River 5 Town Chamber, a member of the Greater Westfield, Springfield Regional, West of the River and Massachusetts Chambers of Commerce. Chris sits on the Board of Directors of Unify Against Bullying and is an Ambassador for Dress for Success.  She also volunteers her time to many community events including Revitalize CDC, Wicked in Pink, the Brightside toy drive and the Friends of Wilbraham Senior Center Fashion Show.

Chris has previously served as a member of the Sisters of Providence Elder Life program and “Catch the Spirit” committee. She loves people and feels extremely blessed to have been able to spend time assisting others with their end of life transition as a Baystate VNA Hospice volunteer.

Family and friends are important to Chris and in her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband Werner, children and six grandchildren! She also enjoys time with her many friends and is known as the “Cruise Director” by the group.  Creating gift baskets, cooking, dancing, going to the beach and theatre are a few of her interests.

We thank Christine for being a contributing member of the GCC.  It is people like her that make our organization great.


GUEST SPEAKERS: Capt. Marcellus Simmons and First Sgt. Jason Earl, of the U S Army’s Springfield Recruiting Company will discuss their careers, their mission and their upcoming participation in the Great New England Air Show.


Captain Marcellus L. Simmons is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He Enlisted in the North Carolina Army National Guard in December 2004. CPT Simmons then attended Georgia Military College and in 2008 was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University, CPT Simmons was reassessed to the Army’s Ordnance Corps. After Attending the Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, CPT Simmons received the Logistics Officer Branch designation. CPT Simmons assignments include Maintenance Platoon Leader for Bravo Field Maintenance Company, 70th Brigade Support Battalion, 210 Fires Brigade, Camp Casey, Korea; SPO Maintenance OIC, 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas; Executive Officer, Foxtrot Forward Support Company, 3/8 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Ft. Hood, Texas; Transportation Operations Officer, G4 Section, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Korea; Company Commander, Echo Company, 832D Ordnance Battalion, 59th Ordnance Brigade, Ft. Lee, Virginia; Company Commander, Springfield Army Recruiting Company, Westfield, Massachusetts. CPT Simmons’ military decorations include the Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Combat Action Badge.

CPT Simmons is married to the former Jasmine Haghighatian of Austin, Texas. They have one daughter, Emelia who is 15 months old.


First Sergeant Jason B. Earl was born and raised the Las Vegas, NV. He enlisted as a 19D Cavalry Scout in the United States Army in the summer of 2004 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, KY. Upon completion of OSUT, First Sergeant Earl was assigned to Charlie Troop 2/9 Cavalry, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson CO. He then deployed in the fall of 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Returning in the fall of 2006, First Sergeant Earl was reassigned to 1/68 AR, BN Reconnaissance Platoon in 2007 and then to the United Army Recruiting Command later that year.

1SG Earl converted his military occupational specialty from 19D Cavalry Scout to 79R Recruiter in 2008.

1SG Earl has served as a Recruiter, Center Leader, Operations NCOIC, Operations Sergeant Major and is currently assigned as the First Sergeant for the Springfield Recruiting Company. He has served in several Recruiting environments including Saratoga Springs, NY, Las Vegas, NV and Dekalb, IL.

First Sergeant Earl’s military decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Recruiting Badge with 3 sapphire achievement.

First Sergeant Earl has been married to the former Natasha Woel of Miami, FL for thirteen years and they have three children: Evan (11), Korben (8) and his twin sister Karley (8).


2018 AIR SHOW UPDATE:  It ’s official .  Based on the success that we had with our sponsorship agent, ADC (Phil Pacific) out of McKinney, Texas in 2015, the sponsorship contract for the 2018 Great New England Air Show has been signed.  Planning for the July 14 & 15, 2018 Great New England Air Show will be moving forward. The GCC steering committee continues to expand the organization chart and securing the services of our major vendors. Our major priority is involving all GCC volunteers; your help and input is needed.  Monthly reports will be made by steering committee chairman Al Chwalek. Contact Bud Shuback, Al Chwalek, Dave Carbin or Connie Foster for information about how you want to participate.


GCC AIR SHOW FUNDRAISER RAFFLE: Thanks to Bill Hick and Rich Marion, our annual

50/50 style fundraiser is once again in progress. Bill and Rich will be reaching out to GCC membership in the coming months and tickets will be sold at our various events throughout the year.  Contact Bill Hick, or Rich Marion, for more information.


GCC CONTRIBUTES TO WESTOVER ACTIVITIES  Thanks to all GCC members because this is why we are here. To fulfill our mission of supporting the men and women at Westover, our 2017 contributions will include:

o USO                                                $2,000

o Young Marines                             $500

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)   $2,250     Budgeted for Family Day alternative event

o USO Monday night dinner        $400


USO MONDAY NIGHT DINNER: The GCC will be sponsoring a one of the weekly Monday night dinners that the USO hosts for service members and their families. We will provide funds and volunteers for this event that will take place this summer. John Harrington, point of contact, will provide more information when the details are known.



  • Chicopee Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29th. Sign up to participate at our meeting.
  • USO Comedy Night and dinner: June 10th at the Log Cabin.
  • May 17th Chicopee Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Elms College. General Jay Jensen will be honored and the GCC will be a sponsor of this event
  • 439th AW Change of Command on Sunday, June 4 at 10:00 AM on the base ellipse.
  • Westfield International Air Show August 12-13th. The GCC will not participate as an organization.
  • Westover Family Day will not take place in 2017. Instead, we will be supporting a major activity at the Westover Club on October 14th.
  • December 13th: GCC Christmas dinner meeting at the Knights of Columbus, 460 Granby Rd, Chicopee


CHANGE OF COMMAND: All GCC members are invited to attend the 439 AW Change of Command ceremony on the Westover Ellipse at 10:00 AM on Sunday, June 4th. Col. D. Scott Durham, who leaves the 512 AW at Dover AFB, will assume command of 439th Airlift Wing. Brigadier General Jay Jensen will leave Westover to become the director of Air Force Reserve Programs at the Pentagon.


No Westover Family Day this year:  Because of a major inspection at Westover later this year, Westover’s leadership is focusing their attention on its successful outcome. Instead, the GCC will be working with the Westover Club to treat our reservists with a special event on October 14.   Similar to Family Day, but on a much smaller scale, the GCC will be providing financial support, and volunteers will be needed.  Contact Kathy Wood to sign up to help.




Join your fellow GCC members on Monday, May 29th to honor our men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice.


On Monday, May 29th, Chicopee, our host city, will once again conduct their annual Memorial Day Parade.  Members of the Galaxy Community Council have marched in this event for many years and are always well received by the appreciative crowd along the parade route.

The purpose of the Memorial Day Parade and ceremony are, of course, to honor the men and women of our military services who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.


Participation is a small price for all of us to pay to help set the standard for the respect and honor that they deserve.  Please make every effort to join us on this special day.

Sign up at our May meeting or contact Bud Shuback.

Arrive at the American Legion Post 452 located at 37 Exchange Street, Chicopee (in the shadow of I-391) by 0930. It’s about a 1 1/2 mile walk to the Veterans’ Memorial Plaza on Front St, but non walkers can ride in open cars.  Please let us know if you wish to ride.


Since we are associated with the military, we should look sharp. The “uniform of the day” is a light blue Oxford or golf shirt (preferably with GCC logo) and khaki slacks or skirts (no t-shirts and men should not wear shorts).




  • Meetings of the GCC membership will be held on the third Wednesday of the month. Advance notice of changes will be posted at
  • Unless otherwise notified, all Board of Directors meetings will be held in the Wing HQ conference room beginning at 4:00 PM sharp on the same date.
  • Sign-in for the Galaxy meeting dinners is from 5:00 to 6:15 PM. Meal tickets will not be available before and after these times.


IMPORTANT! Please remember that our GCC members who handle dinner check-in are volunteering their time to do this important job.


  • They deserve your patience and respect.
  • Be sure to have your Westover ID card with you when you check in and on you at all times while on Westover ARB.
  • When paying for dinner, please have currency denominations of $20 bills or smaller. PLEASE DO NOT pay with $100 or $50 bills.
  • Thank you for your cooperation.




AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to provide financial support to the GCC’s portion of the GNEAS.  When you shop at, you’ll find the same low prices, selection and shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the Galaxy Community Council’s Great New England Air Show effort. This is an easy way for Amazon shoppers to provide financial support to the GCC’s air show efforts without making a monetary contribution. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.   You use your same account on Amazon.


Please circulate the above among your friends, relatives etc. your support will help the Galaxy Community Council ensure a successful 2018 Great New England Air Show



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. .



  • May 17th in the Westover Club dining room
  • June 21st in the Westover Club bar and patio area for a “burger burn” with all of the trimmings.
  • July 19th in the Westover Club Dining Room


GCC MERCHANDISE: New merchandise is available at our meetings. Items not available can also be purchased. Please go to or see Rick Hirt,, for more information about or to purchase GCC merchandise.



If you have questions regarding meeting dates, upcoming events, our newsletter or other information, please go to 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.

  • Galaxy Community Council members can use the following on-base facilities: Westover Club, Subway, Rental Center and Bowling Alley


GCC Charter: To read the GCC charter and operating policies, please go to


PIONEER VALLEY USO wants your help ( ) 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.


He who will not economize will agonize”………..Confucius

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June 21, 2017
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    Westover Club, 6640 Anderson Road, Chicopee, MA 01022
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July 19, 2017
  • GCC Meeting
    Westover Club, 6640 Anderson Road, Chicopee, MA 01022
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