Westover commander nominated to be brigadier general

439th also awarded prestigious Raincross Trophy

Col. Albert Lupenski, Wing Commander at Westover Air Reserve Base, is seen here in a WWLP file image.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Westover Air Reserve Base and its commander have been recognized nationally. It is a big deal, but it’s not the first time that the base commander has been viewed so highly.

President Obama has nominated Colonel Albert Lupenski to become a brigadier general. The U.S. Senate now has to confirm that nomination.

Master Sergeant Andrew Biscoe of Westover Public Affairs told 22News that if he is confirmed, Col. Lupenski might be re-assigned.

Colonel Lupenski, who has been commander at Westover for a little more than a year, has served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years, as a pilot of planes and helicopters.

Biscoe told 22News that the base itself also won an award.

“This comes on the heels of the boss coming back last week from California, where he brought home the Raincross Trophy, which recognizes the 439th here as the best wing in 4th Air Force and that’s a great honor for us and for the boss,” Biscoe said.

This base was awarded out of 15 wings in the Air Force Reserve.

Lupenski took over last year, when former commander Brigadier General Steven Vautrain was assigned as the Air Force deputy director of strategic planning.

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