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College planning night scheduled on base

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January 25, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Officials on base have partnered with Bedford High School to hold a College Planning Night at the Airman and Family Readiness Center Feb. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. for high school juniors interested in attending college.

This presentation with the Hanscom school liaison specialist and Bedford High School guidance counselors will touch on all phases of the college selection process for parents and students to consider between now and the end of next summer.

"Many times it's difficult for parents to get out to the high school during the week, so through community events such as the College Planning Night in February, high school representatives will be on base for this first-ever college planning event for our military families," said Laurel Wironen, 66th Force Support Squadron school liaison specialist. "Together we have been working hard to increase the high school's presence on base."
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AFLCMC commander highlights accomplishments during State of the Center address

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January 23, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Emphasizing the overarching criticality of the work the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center performs, its commander, Lt. Gen. John Thompson, delivered his initial State of the Center address here Jan. 15.

Thompson emphasized the progress made over the course of the year, highlighted AFLCMC and Hanscom successes and presented his focus areas for 2015.

Homing in on the significance of the Center, the general was quick to point out that AFLCMC personnel make up approximately four percent of the Air Force, but help to deliver 100 percent of the service's non-space warfighting capabilities.
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Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland selected to host AFIMSC headquarters

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January 22, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, was selected as the host base for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) Headquarters.

Air Force officials chose the installation after analyzing operational considerations, installation attributes, economic and environmental factors at four candidate locations.

"Following site surveys at the four candidate locations, we ultimately selected Joint Base San Antonio because almost 50 percent of AFIMSC's subordinate unit personnel currently reside at the installation," said Timothy Bridges, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations. "In fact, two of AFIMSC's primary subordinate units will share the same building with the headquarters. We believe co-locating AFIMSC with a large percentage of its subordinate staff will allow the Air Force to harness operational synergy as the headquarters matures into full operational capability."
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Team Hanscom announces quarterly winners

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January 21, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

More than 40 nominees from across "Team Hanscom" were recognized during a fourth quarterly awards ceremony at the Hanscom Conference Center Jan. 20.

Nominees were from the 319th recruiting Squadron, 66th Air Base Group, Battle Management and C3I and Network Directorates, Joint Personal Property Shipping Office-Northeast and Contracting Directorate.

Col. Michael A. Vogel, 66 ABG commander, presented the awards to each of the military winners and Thomas Fredericks, 66 ABG deputy director, presented the civilian winners with their awards.
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February is African American History Month

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January 21, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Throughout February, observances and activities will be held to commemorate African American History Month and to celebrate the 2015 national theme, "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture."

The purpose for the month-long event is to carry out activities that recognize the contributions African Americans have made to society.

In 1915 Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American author and scholar, established the Association for the Study of African American Life and History in response to the lack of information relating to the accomplishments of African Americans, according to the organization's website at www.asalh100.org.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Jan. 21

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January 21, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Hagel: Fight to end sexual assault must be ‘personal’

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January 20, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Efforts to eliminate the baneful issue of sexual assault "must be personal," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in closing remarks at the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Summit Jan. 16.

Hagel said the military community is unique in its raised standards and the expectation that service members will commit to each other both on and off the battlefield.

"We should fundamentally begin taking care of each other in personal relationships and wherever else," Hagel said. "If we don't understand that dimension of this crime, then we will miss the whole point."
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“Super Frenzy: House Divided” coming to Minuteman Commons

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January 20, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A free "super" party is set for Feb. 1 at the Minuteman Commons where the entire family can watch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks.

Throughout the Commons, large screens will be set up to celebrate "Super Frenzy: House Divided." Doors will open for club members at 4:30 p.m., 5:30 for non-members. Food will be available beginning at 6 p.m. while supplies last.

A Family Fun Zone will be set-up in the Commons' ballroom with free activities for the entire family, including a buffet and a variety of play experiences. Activities include an interactive bounce house, creating a stuffed bear, sand art and "Nerf" adventures.
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MLK Jr. remembered

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January 16, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Air Force Fitness Management System II up, accessible

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January 16, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The new Air Force Fitness Management System - AFFMS II - is now up and accessible via the Air Force Personnel Center Secure Application, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

AFFMS II enables Airmen to review their fitness history and records through July 2010.

"The previous system was taken off line Dec. 31 to enable systems specialists to transition content to the new system," said 1st Lt. Nathan Strickland, AFPC Special Programs Branch Chief.

AFFMS II improves accessibility and fitness program managers' ability to manage fitness program records. In addition, it features more stringent security controls to protect members' information from unauthorized changes.
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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

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January 16, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, focused on the Air Force's highest priorities and said they have been working hard to balance resources and preserve combat capability in a tough fiscal environment.

"Everyone wants more Air Force," James said. "We're meeting those demands with the smallest force in our history. Couple a smaller force against the backdrop of austere budgets, and you have a total force that is under significant strain: active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian, and their families."
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James: New acquisition initiative aims to cut costs

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January 16, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced a new initiative designed to help the Air Force partner with industry, encourage innovation and drive down the cost of systems.

James announced the Bending the Cost Curve program at the Atlantic Council here Jan. 14. She called it a targeted initiative that can be accomplished within current Air Force budget programs.

The initiative aims to improve dialogue with industry, "so we can better understand how processes, procedures, and some of the choices we make can inadvertently contribute to rising costs, the stifling of innovation and slow processes," she said.
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State of the Air Force

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January 14, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Senior Air Force officials will brief the press at 2 p.m. EST, Jan. 15. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III will discuss the current state of the Air Force, as well as, share their thoughts on the future of the Air Force. Airmen can watch the briefing by clicking here.
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Nuclear satellite terminal upgrade to begin operational testing

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January 14, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The nuclear satellite communication terminals that connect U.S. leaders to Minuteman combat crews in the event of a nuclear attack are currently undergoing an upgrade and scheduled to begin operational testing this month.

Simply put, the Air Force will be updating its intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, communication systems located in the ICBM Launch Control Centers. This is an effort led by the Minuteman Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network Program Upgrade team, or MMPU for short, at Hanscom AFB, Mass. MMPU will be the first Air Force Advanced Extremely High Frequency terminal fielded in support of the new AEHF satellite architecture.
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Free tax preparation, advice available to military families

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January 13, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life.

To ease the burden, the Defense Department, through Military OneSource, is teaming up again this year with H&R Block to offer no-cost tax preparation to the military community with a promise of guaranteed accuracy, a service that otherwise could cost military families hundreds of dollars or more.
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