Updated On: 5/22/2013 11:17:17 AM
On behalf of the men and women of the 439th Airlift Wing, welcome to Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., home to the largest air-reserve base in the Department of Defense and the military’s largest transport jet.
Here at Westover, we pride ourselves in being “Leaders in Excellence.” Our Airmen answer the Nation’s call by consistently delivering aircrews, cargo and passengers in support of overseas contingency operations and peacetime missions both in the United States and abroad.
Our Airmen look forward to every opportunity to showcase their role in making this the finest Reserve Wing in the Command. We take pride in our operations and hope to always have a positive impact on the mission and the community we serve.
We think you will agree that the men and women of Westover are truly “Leaders in Excellence,” and we welcome you to the 439th Airlift Wing and to the crossroads of New England.
LOCAL TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
New England has traffic islands called rotaries. The traffic in the rotary has the right of way over traffic entering it. There are rotaries off base at each of the two main exits to Westover. The large ellipse in the center of the base is itself a rotary where the speed limit is 20 mph. In addition to being a one way single-lane street, it also is where our fitness track is located. Seat belt use is mandatory for drivers and all passengers in vehicles both on and off the installation. Hands-free cell phone use for drivers is strictly enforced at Westover. Federal employees shall not engage in text messaging when driving a GOV, or when driving a POV while on official Government business. Additionally, headphones while running or walking on roadways is prohibited. The base speed limit is 30 mph unless otherwise posted. Off base, the speed limit on the interstate highway is 65 mph.
FLIGHT LINE SAFETY
Restricted areas of the flight line are clearly marked by red lines. You must use entry control points (ECPs) while entering and exiting the flight line. Base entry points are located on the base map that is provided in the welcome package. Practice a See and Be Seen Policy. Reflective belts must be worn on the flight line during periods of decreased visibility and at night on unlit ramps. We operate on a 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. schedule with an occasionally high tempo of operations. Flight line speed limit is 15 mph.
MEDICAL INFORMATION And SICK CALL
The 439th Aerospace Medicine Squadron is an outpatient clinic only. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The squadron does not have an emergency room, urgent care or after-hours clinic. Ambulance response is activated by calling 911, 24 hours a day. Airmen needing to speak with a flight surgeon may contact the flight surgeon at (413) 386-3022 (cell). Emergency room care is available at the Baystate Medical Center located at 759 Chestnut St. in Springfield, phone (413) 794-0000 or Holyoke Medical Center located at 575 Beech St. in Holyoke, phone (413) 534-2500.
Lt. General James E. Sherrard III Award for Outstanding Air Mobility Wing, 2010: top wing in AFRC
Maintenance Effectiveness Award/Best Maintenance Group in AFRC, 2010
Maj. Gen. James McNeil Award for HRDC Leadership Excellence, 2008 and 2010
Department of Defense Reserve Family Readiness Award, 2010 (second win in three years)
Best Aeromedical Squadron Patient Safety Program, 2010
2011 AFRC Team Excellence Award (439AW C-5 Isochronal Inspection LEAN Team)
Fer de Lance Winner 2011, Westover Club
AFRC Fire Department of the Year, 2011
Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant Information Dominance Award, 439th Comm. Squadron, 2011, 2012 (third win in 4 years)
AFRC Team Excellence Award (439AW C-5 Isochronal Inspection LEAN Team), 2011
AFRC Civil Engineering Squadron of the Year, 439th CES, 2012
Top AFRC CE Asset Management Flight, 2012
Top AFRC CE Resources Flight, 2012
Top AFRC CE Programs Flight, 2012
Balchen/Post Award for outstanding performance by snow and ice control personnel
Outstanding AFRC Aeromedical Staging Squadron, 2012
AFRC Fire Department of the Year, 2011 (announced in July 2012)
Outstanding Information Assurance Element Award, 439th CS, 2012
AFRC Nominee for CINC’s 2013 Installation Excellence Award, (second year in a row)
HOW TO GET HERE
The following are directions to Westover Air Reserve Base, Chicopee, Mass.:
From the Boston Area: Take Mass. Turnpike (Route 90) West to Exit 5 in Chicopee. Follow signs to Westover ARB.
From Route 91 (North and South): Take Exit 12 to Route 391 and get off at Exit 3/Chicopee. Follow signs to Westover ARB.
Connecticut Area: Take Route 91 North to Route 291 in Springfield to Fuller Road. Take Westover ARB exit off Fuller Road.
Vermont and Points North: Take Route 91 South to Mass. Turnpike. Head east to Exit 5 in Chicopee. Follow signs to Westover ARB.
New York Area and Western Mass.: Take Mass. Turnpike East to Exit 5 in Chicopee. Follow signs to Westover ARB.