The Otis Civilian Advisory Council, Inc.’s origins date back to the 1940′s. Col. William Tow, commander of Camp Edwards from 1947 through 1950, was one of the first to get the military and the surrounding communities to meet. Col. Tow’s primary assignment was to oversee the arrival and establishment of the new Air Force base. After retiring, he remained active with the council. The council’s first major project was the Otis Memorial Park project, a park that was established in 1969 to honor fifty fallen military personnel who were assigned to Otis/Camp Edwards and perished in three separate crashes. About $24,000 was raised for this project. The fundraising success of the park and the community’s enthusiasm and spirit encouraged the council to continue its support for the base and its personnel. In the 1970′s many new programs were developed, including a scholarship program an annual dinner to honor outstanding members of the military. The council took over concession services for the National Air Guard’s annual Open House/Air Show in the early 1980s. The council continues their efforts today. The council supports Operation Backpack, & Operation Santa, and co-host the annual Military Awards Night. Members of the Council are knowledgeable of activities on JBCC and at USCGSSNE Woods Hole, and continue to serve as liaisons between the military and the surrounding communities.
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