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AF announces no involuntary force management programs for FY15

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

Air Force officials announced there is no longer a need to conduct involuntary force management programs for fiscal year 2015 following a year of significant reductions designed to meet the Defense Department strategic and budgetary guidance.

Officials confirmed that fiscal year 2014 goals were achieved to size and shape the force, eliminating the previously anticipated requirement to conduct a second round of involuntary programs in fiscal year 2015.

"My travels and discussion with Airmen this past year have convinced me that enough is enough," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "Therefore, we will not have additional, involuntary boards in FY15."
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JSTARS Recap stands up as division, moves toward MDA approval

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

As the Air Force's no. 4 acquisition priority, the Joint STARS Recapitalization program continues to progress through risk reduction efforts and refine requirements, all the while growing in size and significance.

So much so, the Recap was designated its own division within the Battle Management Directorate at Hanscom AFB recently.

"Leadership is crucial to the success of any program, especially one the size of the JSTARS Recap," said Steven Wert, Battle Management program executive officer.
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Hanscom Leadership Symposium scheduled

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

Class dates for a leadership symposium that began at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and is now offered at Hanscom Air Force Base, have been scheduled for calendar year 2015, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Contracting officials announced.

The first 2015 Hanscom Leadership Symposium is scheduled to be held at the Hanscom Conference Center Jan. 6-9.

The four-day symposium is expected to feature an introduction from Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, by video teleconference, as well as presentations from Hanscom senior leaders.
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Upcoming events

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

For additional base event information, visit the calendar page on the 66th Force Support Squadron's website. Local community events can be found by visiting the Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln or the Boston and Massachusetts calendar sites.  
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News in Brief

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

66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: Dec. 25 for Christmas and Dec. 26 for Air Force Materiel Command Family Day. At all times, if emergency care is required, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Prior authorization is not required for emergency care. If the clinic is closed and a patient requires non-emergent care that cannot wait until the clinic reopens, please contact the Nurse Advice Line by calling 781-225-6789 and choosing the option for the NAL. The NAL will provide instructions or may authorize use of an Urgent Care Center if medically necessary. For further information visit the 66th Medical Squadron online at http://www.hanscom.af.mil/units/clinic/index.asp and on Facebook at http://www.face
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Dec. 16

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


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Hanscom working to provide 5th and 4th gen aircraft common tactical picture

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

The Air Force wants to ensure connectivity between 5th and 4th generation aircraft, and the Space, Aerial and Nuclear Networks Division here is evaluating industry capabilities to make that happen.

The division is currently reviewing responses from a recently released request for information and associated industry days.

The RFI re-emphasized the need published in previous RFIs for communication gateway products that can bridge the gap between multiple platforms using different data links. The gateway provides the 5th Generation Fighters, such as the F-22 and F-35, the ability to share tactical data with 4th Generation Fighters, such as the F-15, F-16, F-18, as well as other Link 16 participants, creating a shared common tactical picture.
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Lean thinking, process improvement highlight Busch’s time at AFMC

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

During the last 16 years and six assignments in Air Force Materiel Command, Vice Commander Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch was challenged to find new methods to operate more efficiently in one of the most complex and diverse commands that employs more than 80,000 people and manages a $60 billion budget. His tenure as vice commander was highlighted by AFMC's restructuring from 12 centers to five followed by laying the foundation for the Air Force's new Installation and Mission Support Center.

The Air Force announced and later confirmed that Busch was nominated for re-assignment as the director of the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, Va. He will be replaced by Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker, currently director of logistics at Headquarters AFMC. As director of DLA, Busch will be responsible for providing the armed services and other federal agencies a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services in peace and war.
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Air Force Fitness Management System slated for upgrade

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

Active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members who want to maintain copies of their pre-July 2010 fitness records need to access the Air Force Fitness Management System (AFFMS) and save or print their records by Dec. 30, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Dec. 9.

AFFMS will be offline from Dec. 31 - Jan. 11 to enable AFPC teams to transition content to the improved Air Force Fitness Management System II, said 1st Lt. Nathan Strickland, the AFPC Special Programs branch chief. When the new system comes back online, it will not include fitness information older than July 2010.
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Air Force Reserve helps to fill AFMC leadership roles

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

Air Force Materiel Command is embracing the total force concept as it relies on Reserve assets to fill key leadership roles at the headquarters.

The command selected Maj. Gen. Catherine A. Chilton to serve as director of its Air, Space and Information Operations directorate. She will be in place indefinitely, replacing Brig. Gen. William Thornton, who retired in November.

Meanwhile, as Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker transitions into his new position as AFMC vice commander, Maj. Gen. Patricia A. Rose will serve as Logistics director until Brig. Gen. Donald E. 'Gene' Kirkland arrives next year.
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Key facility to get upgrades, along with new name and mission

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

The U.S. Air Force, in concert with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this week marked the official re-branding of a facility both parties hope will enable leading-edge advances in defense applications, cyber defense and public safety.

The on-base facility, formerly known in acronym form as the CEIF (pronounced Seef), has been renamed the Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center.

"We picked the new name because that's exactly what we hope to achieve going forward," said Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technology officer for the Air Force's Life Cycle Management Center, key elements of which are headquartered at Hanscom. "We intend to use this facility to advance our connectivity with the vast array of local and regional intellectual capital inherent in Massachusetts. This will allow us to better meet critical Air Force mission objectives and, hopefully, in turn allow other parties to better achieve their own vital objectives."
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Center commander to present State of LCMC in January

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December 9, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, will deliver his first State of LCMC address at a luncheon Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the event will be held at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, Mass.

Admission will be by ticket only and attendance is open to everyone. Ticket cost for military members at the rank of 0-4 and above and government civilians GS-13 and above is $25. The cost is $20 for military members at the rank of 0-3 and below and government civilians GS-12s and below. For industry who are AFCEA members the cost is $55, and for non-members $75. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Jan. 9. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Dec. 2

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December 8, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

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December 8, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said today.

According to a Defense Department news release published today, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the change in DoD's Financial Management Regulation will prohibit service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property, a senior DoD official said.

Improving Protection for Service Members
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AFMC encourages workforce to stay safe and drive sober for the holidays

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December 5, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Drinking and driving shatters lives. The nightmare can start with a phone call from law enforcement informing you that a family member has been involved in an alcohol-related accident.

"Drunk driving is 100% preventable and avoidable," said Steve Callon, AFMC Drug Demand Reduction Manager. "Planning ahead to have a designated sober driver is the best way to avoid a DUI or drunk driving crash."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2012. Those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States during that year.
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