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Westover Composite Squadron
Once again we will be ordering custom Fleece jackets for Squadron members and families, details below:
Uniform items are hard
to obtain, and are getting even harder to purchase. My goal is to give Cadet
Members of the squadron a budget-friendly alternative for the Service Dress
(Blues) and BDU outer jackets. I will be ordering custom made outerwear that
will serve for both the Service Dress Blues and BDU uniforms. Senior Members may
wear them with the corporate uniforms only (Blue BDU’s, Golf Shirt, Grey &
Whites). These will give our members at Westover a professional appearance,
while maintaining a uniform look. Jackets may also be worn for casual everyday
use as well. Please complete the following order form (ATTACHED BELOW) and return to me or Maj. Claire Belden by the assigned due date (Feb.
18th). Please contact me as soon as possible with any questions. Parents and
family are encouraged to order jackets as well. Both Senior Members & family
may choose the blue color alternative; cadets however will only be ordering
black jackets in order to maintain uniformity. If you are a cadet who already
owns a Squadron Jacket from a previous order, the black color restriction may be
waived, please contact me for more details on that.
STEPHEN C. EDELMAN, Capt., CAP
Deputy Commander for
Westover Composite Squadron
Our 4th annual toy drive to benefit Ronald McDonald House in Springfield has been postponed to Sunday December 22nd!
I've been watching this weather situation very closely and have been in contact with the other members responsible for the operation and planning of this toy drive. As the project leader for this event I feel that the weather will not accommodate us this Sunday 12/15. Please see the message below for full details on our toy drive, which again is now being held on 12/22:
Command Staff is looking for "all-hands" at our 4th Annual Toy Drive "Operation Overload" to benefit Ronald McDonald House in Springfield. This year's toy drive will be held on Sunday, December 22nd between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The location will be our normal staging area outside Kmart in the Springfield Plaza: 1277 Liberty St, Springfield, MA 01104. The uniform of the day will be BDU's, or Corporate alternative, please dress for whatever weather may be present that day! Westover's Command Staff will be looking for MAXIMUM attendance to this very important event! All cadet personnel will need to meet, and get picked-up at Kmart since the Squadron van will have the seats removed to accommodate the toys collected during the course of the day. Please mark your calendar's and make every effort to attend. Cadets may contact your DCC or SLO for more details and/or to address any questions you may have.
Senior Members: Please stop by and donate any toy & support the cadet and senior members who will be working this event! If you would like to donate your time as well, please feel free to contact me. This event is a Squadron event, so every member's attendance is what we're striving for!
Original Article from MassLive.com
CHICOPEE - Cell phone scofflaws caught behind the wheel can expect to be hoofing it for 30 days at Westover Air Reserve Base.
A new policy forbids cell phone use while driving on the air base property. The policy went into effect on Aug. 12, seven years after a U.S. Department of Defense mandate was issued nationally prohibiting cell phone use on military bases, but providing individual sites discretion as to when each followed suit, according to a Westover spokesman.
The policy applies to civilians, as well as those who work on the base, said Sgt. Andrew Biscoe, a public affairs spokesman. All drivers on base property are subject to the penalty, and signs are posted at each entrance alerting drivers to the policy and the potential ramifications, he said. Drivers are allowed to use hands-free devices.
"Base officials are always concerned about traffic safety on base - and at the gates of Westover, where traffic departs and arrives each day," Biscoe said in a statement.
Westover is also cracking down on speeders leaving the base, in response to complaints from neighbors, Biscoe said.
Before the 30-day loss of license penalty went into effect in August, Biscoe said patrols stopped 36 people for violations over the previous nine months. Two drivers have lost their driving privileges for a month since the penalty was made official.
The base originally cautioned via Twitter and its Facebook page that drivers cited for violating the policy would have their licenses suspended for a month. Biscoe said the error has been corrected on Facebook and the correct policy will be published in the on-base newspaper in October.
Those who receive tickets for driving while cell-chatting have a 10-day window to request a hearing with the mission support group commander. A certified letter also will be sent to offenders, outlining the span of the loss of on-base driving privileges. If no request is made, Biscoe said, the suspension will start on the day cited in the letter.
Due to the Government Furlough/Shutdown starting on 2 Oct, the James Street Gate will be closed.
Once the government shutdown is resolved, James Street will be reopened.
Westover Gate will still operate as normal on a 24 hour basis, so please plan accordingly.
I just wanted to recognize and thank all the squadron personnel that volunteered this past weekend at the Great New England Wheels and Wings show, hosted by the Galaxy Community Council. During this event's first year CAP members were critical in providing Parking Services, Traffic Control, and Public Relations/ Recruiting. Many times during the weekend I was approached by event organizers that were amazed on how we executed the tacks we were given with ease. All of you involved should be proud of that recognition! CAP personnel showed flexibility as our roles changed throughout the weekend. Our squadron, once again, showed the public what we can do and how we can do it. Due to our professionalism this weekend we should expect future taskings from the Galaxy Community Council. Thank you to all personnel who helped in any way, from planning to execution, for the 2013 Great New England Wheels and Wings show.
STEPHEN C. EDELMAN, Capt., CAP
2013 Great New England Wheels and Wings
SUNDAY JUNE 9, 2013, 0700-1900
Rain date Saturday, June 8th, 0700-1900
This exercise will focus on training, proficiency and evaluation of search & rescue skills (SAR), including: visual search, electronic search, aerial photography, air-ground coordination, and mission base staff.
- If you are a trainee this is a great opportunity for training or evaluation.
- If your qualification has expired you can work on renewal.
- If you just need to refresh your skills. This is the time to do it.
Multiple aircraft and ground resources (UDF & GTs) will be utilized as well as a staffed mission base. It is planned to cover multiple operational periods. The primary exercise day will be Sunday, June 9th with a rain date of June 8th.
If you sign up, for a duty position, you will be asked what times you will be available.
Please notify the POC at least a week in advance if you request evaluation of specified skills, we will try to have an evaluator available.
NEEDED MISSION BASE STAFF: IC, MSO, PIO, PSC, OSC, LSC, FASC, CUL, MRO, GBD, AOBD, MSA. If available, MISSION CHAPLAIN.
OTHER POSITIONS NEEDED: UDF, GTM, GTL, MS, MO, MP, AP
We encourage trainees in all ES-related fields to attend.
MISSION BASE: Westover Composite Squadron, Hangar 5, Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, MA
We need at least one, preferably two ground teams. At least two UDF teams are needed. Again, an IC and a MSO are needed for each operational period.
PREREQUISITES: SAFETY CURRENT OF COURSE, VALID CAP ID, 101 CARD.
IF YOU ARE GES QUALIFIED ONLY, YOU CAN ASSIST AT MISSION BASE
POINT OF CONTACT: 1st Lt Jamie O’Connell - james.o’firstname.lastname@example.org
"Cadets Take Part in Aerospace Education Program"
It was a great day for flying on 18 May especially for three of our new cadets from one family (brother & two sisters) who had a chance to fly with Lt Col Tim Nelson as the orientation pilot. WWLP 22News was on hand for a small public interest story on these cadets.
Both the story and video can be found at this link.
We will be starting our monthly HF/SSB ALE Radio Operations Training on Wednesday May 8, 2013 from 1745 to 2145 hrs local. The training will be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month.The purpose of the training is to orient all personnel with an interest in CAP radio communications how to set up and gain "hands on" experience operating the MICOM 3, rapid deployment package radio system. Throughout the northeast region there's at least 3 various wings nets as well as a national net held every Wednesday, and it is likely we will all get to practice copying formal message traffic from the various net control stations.Additionally, time will be spend on the operation of the EF Johnson VHF radio including checking into at least one formal net and possibly passing formal traffic to other stations on the net.Furthermore, the Comm.'s unit work with individuals so that they can complete their Individual Communications Unit Training on line and be able to be evaluated for ICUT award.As we develop a core of experienced senior member communicators we will start to bring cadets in for training.You don't have to stay for the entire period, but spending a good 1 to 1 1/2 hours would be most beneficial to you. IF you would like to participate, please send an email to email@example.com.
We have all been through a lot these last several days - the wave of emotions and the loss of innocence we have felt with one of our most beloved events in the city, the Boston Marathon. Sadly, lives were lost with scores of others hurt, suffering devastating injuries from the bombing to the search for the suspects and the ultimate capture. Throughout, we have been asking the question, why, and what can we do to help?
How can we do more to help our community recover? We can make a difference with a commitment on behalf of and in honor and recognition of every one of the men and women who give every moment of every day to protect the residents of this Commonwealth. Every one of us is a member of this community. So let us take this opportunity to stand together to say we will be there to help.
By supporting The One Fund Boston program we support the vision of the Mayor and the Governor in delivering much needed financial support directly to the victims and families of this horrible tragedy as they recover both physically and psychologically. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families, their loved ones and the victims.
We all saw last week how the country is rallying around our city and our citizens, with the President and First Lady attending a healing service held at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.The Governor said, “At moments like this, we are one state, one city, and one people.” And the Mayor reminded us, “This is Boston, a city of courage, compassion and strength that knows no bounds.”
Let us embrace these words and the special meaning that they hold as we continue to do our part to support the community we all love, we all cherish so deeply. Boston Strong!