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1,482 Airmen still missing: POW/MIA Recognition Day set for Sept. 19

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September 18, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Nearly 1500 Airmen are still missing and unaccounted for from various conflicts. There are more than 83,000 Americans still unaccounted for across the Department of Defense.

Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war, members still missing in action and their families. This year the observance falls on Sept. 19.

In the months leading up to National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day, various active duty and veterans groups, state and local government agencies, and private organizations throughout the country prepare for POW/MIA Day ceremonies.
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AF to change instructions for oaths

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September 18, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words "So help me God" from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses.

In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from the Department of Defense General Counsel addressing the legal parameters of the oath. The resulting opinion concluded that an individual may strike or omit the words "So help me God" from an enlistment or appointment oath if preferred.
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Top Airman discusses Air Force future

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September 17, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III spoke about the importance of embracing change and creating an adaptive Air Force at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16.

"We need to be bold - we need to be a little fearless right now," he said. "We need to realize that we can spread our wings a little bit and, in fact as a service, I believe we have to."

He explained the Air Force's core missions of air and space superiority; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; rapid global mobility; global strike; and command and control are, and always have been, the constant focus of the Air Force.
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CFC kickoff scheduled

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September 17, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign of Eastern Massachusetts is scheduled to kickoff Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. with an event onboard the U.S.S. Constitution in Charlestown, Mass. The campaign will continue through Nov. 21.

Maj. Adam Davis and his wife, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, are the scheduled guest speakers at the kickoff event and epitomize this year's CFC theme, "Make it Possible." Davis, C3I and Networks Directorate Protected Tactical Services Terminals program manager, and his wife, were seriously injured after a bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Sept. 17

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September 17, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Bobcat sighting on base reported

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September 16, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A bobcat has recently been seen roaming base grounds near housing. The animal is not considered a threat to human safety, but base personnel and residents should take precautions if they encounter the animal, Hanscom officials said.

"Healthy bobcats rarely attack humans," said Dr. Heather Mazzaccaro, Hanscom veterinarian. "They most commonly prey on animals such as rabbits and hares but will eat mice, squirrels, skunk, opossum, muskrat, birds and snakes to name a few."

The bobcat is a medium-sized feline approximately twice the size of a domestic cat. It can be easily identified by its short, bobbed tail, prominent face ruff and slightly tufted ears, according to the Massachusetts Department of Wildlife website.
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AF announces basing criteria for Installation, Mission Support Center HQ

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September 16, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force released the criteria it will use to select candidate bases for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) Headquarters Sept. 15.

The Air Force will use its strategic basing process to identify a location that best serves the mission of AFIMSC.

The secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force approved basing criteria that includes mission, capacity, environmental and cost factors.

AFIMSC, which will report to Air Force Materiel Command, will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command and will serve as the single intermediate-level headquarters for the delivery of installation support capabilities.
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Arbor Day Foundation names Hanscom Tree City USA community

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September 15, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Hanscom's commitment to urban forestry by naming the base a Tree City USA community for the 27th consecutive year.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. It recognizes cities and towns committed to caring for trees.

To qualify as a tree city, a community must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Thanks to the efforts of the 66th Air Base Group Civil Engineering, the base has met these standards for the past 27 years.
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TRICARE shines a light on suicide prevention awareness

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September 15, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for Americans, and military veterans make up 20 percent of suicide deaths each year. TRICARE works with the Defense Suicide Prevention Office, the Department of Defense's oversight authority to reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families, to provide mental health resources to all TRICARE beneficiaries.

If you know someone who needs help or just needs someone to talk to, please encourage them to reach out to people who may have been exactly where they are right now -- fellow veterans and family members. Vets4Warriors is a free, confidential peer-to-peer support service. The Vets4Warriors call center is staffed by veterans and family members representing all branches of the services. You can connect with them anytime by phone (1-855-838-8255), online chat (visit Vets4Warriors.com), or e-mail (Info@Vets4Warriors.co
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New eligibility cutoff dates for promotion to tech, master

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September 15, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Implementation of a series of changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems announced in July by Air Force senior leaders continues with new promotion eligibility cutoff dates for Airmen competing for promotion to technical and master sergeant.

The Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System changes will be implemented in stages during the next 18 months for Regular Air Force - or RegAF - Airmen and during the next 30 months for Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard - or ARC - Airmen. The changes focus on ensuring job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion.
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DRAGON ‘fires up’ for flight

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September 12, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The U.S. Air Force and NATO are undergoing a cooperative development effort - known as the DRAGON program -- to upgrade the cockpits of their E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft.

DRAGON stands for Diminishing Manufacturing Sources Replacement of Avionics for Global Operations and Navigation. And just as its name suggests, finding parts for the aging AWACS fleets is a main concern for both the Air Force and NATO.

"As original equipment manufacturers discontinue support to 40-year-old avionics, replacement parts are becoming harder and harder to come by," said Jennifer Pomphrett, DRAGON project manager.
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Enlisted evaluation and promotion systems implementation timeline

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September 12, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

In July, the chief of staff and chief master sergeant of the Air Force announced a series of incremental changes to the Enlisted Evaluation and Weighted Airman Promotion Systems scheduled for implementation from August 2014 through January 2017.

The evaluation and promotion systems changes are slated for implementation in a phased manner for the Regular Air Force, or RegAF, during the next 18 months, and for the Air Reserve Components, or ARC, during the next 30 months. The announced changes focus on ensuring the Air Force accurately documents duty performance and uses it as the driving factor in selecting Airmen for promotion.
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Sept. 10 – Pulse on AF force management

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September 11, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Featured in this force management update are details regarding changes to the reduction in force board eligibility, force shaping board results and ongoing civilian force management programs.

Military force management: Updated matrices for reduction in force board
Based on voluntary losses, the Air Force no longer needs to include logistics readiness and financial management officers in the 2002 year group or behavioral scientists and physicists in the 2007 year group in this year's reduction in force board. The board is scheduled to convene at the Air Force Personnel Center in early October. Updated officer RIF and voluntary force management matrices have been posted.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Sept. 10

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September 11, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Enlisted medical degree preparatory program ‘intent to apply’ email due Oct. 3

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September 10, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Eligible active duty enlisted Airmen interested in pursuing a medical degree must submit their application for the Enlisted Medical Degree Preparatory Program by Dec. 1, and an "intent to apply" email by Oct. 3, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today.

The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program offers active duty enlisted members an opportunity to complete the preparatory coursework for admission to medical school while maintaining active duty status and full pay and benefits. The program, which incurs a three-year active duty service commitment, will include coursework in a traditional classroom setting with structured pre-health advising and formal medical college admission test preparation, with classes slated to begin in July 2015.
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