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Hanscom enlisted Airmen offered COOL pathway

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March 27, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Community College of the Air Force officially launched the Air Force Credentialing Opportunities online program March 16.

Air Force COOL is a pathway for enlisted Airmen to earn industry recognized professional certifications and licenses to enhance their active duty work and to prepare them as they transition to the civilian job market after they leave the service.

CCAF manages the program, which is similar to the Army and Navy's programs.

Found on the Air Force Portal, Air Force COOL has a credential mapping of 642 professional certifications and licenses for 190 enlisted Air Force specialty codes. The credentials are at the national and state levels and from industry.
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Managing acquisition: a PM’s perspective

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March 27, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

There are hundreds of different career fields within the Air Force. All have their roles to play, cumulatively resulting in the aircraft that dominate the skies, satellites that connect us from space, cyber defenses that safeguard our networks and many other warfighting systems.

While we often see and hear about the end capability, it's the behind-the-scenes program manager who is responsible for these assets from cradle to grave.

Hanscom AFB is an acquisition base and home to more than 300 Battle Management and Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks program offices -- programs that total approximately $30 billion.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, March 27

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March 26, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Poling focuses on feedback, EPRs during enlisted call

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

Command Chief Master Sgt. Craig A. Poling held an enlisted all-call at the base theater March 20 to discuss the Airman Comprehensive Assessment and other topics relevant to enlisted members here.

Poling discussed the responsibilities an Airman has in the feedback process, as well as the supervisors' role when it comes to providing constructive feedback to their subordinates.

Currently the Air Force instruction for enlisted feedback does not mention the ACA form, but the responsibilities for providing and asking for feedback remains the same as the form.
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AFAS assists Airman during time of loss

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March 24, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force Assistance Fund annual campaign kicked off here March 23 and will continue through May 1. AFAF benefits four charities committed to supporting Airmen and their families through difficult times.

One of those charities is the Air Force Aid Society.

"The Air Force Aid Society helped me through one of the darkest periods of my life," said Senior Airman Lauren E. Parsons, 66th Comptroller Squadron customer service technician, who as an airman basic attending training at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., used an AFAS Standard Emergency Loan to fly home to Arkansas after learning her mom unexpectedly passed away.
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Fitness assessment schedule effective April 1

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March 24, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The 66th Force Support Squadron Fitness Assessment Cell has issued guidance on how fitness assessments will be conducted during spring, summer, and fall weather conditions here, in accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2905.

Like during the winter months, the weather can be harsh in New England and inclement weather should be the last thing on an Airman's mind when taking a fitness assessment, FSS officials said.

Appropriate weather agencies will be consulted to determine what environmental conditions exist before determining if assessments should remain outside or be conducted indoors on the Fitness Center track.
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Boston news team covers Hanscom STARBASE

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March 24, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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AETC commander to speak at ROTC awards luncheon

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March 24, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Gen. Robin Rand, the commander of Air Education and Training Command, will address a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship luncheon co-hosted by the Armed Forces Electronics Association and the Association of Old Crows at the Doubletree Hotel in Bedford, Mass., April 10 at 11 a.m.

The AFCEA Lexington-Concord Chapter and the AOC Patriots Roost Chapter is teaming up at this annual event to recognize outstanding cadets and midshipmen from 21 ROTC detachments from the Northeast Region, collectively awarding $1,000 scholarships to 42 deserving candidates. Additionally, AFCEA and AOC each recognize an outstanding cadet or midshipmen to receive their organizations' distinguished ROTC awards, which are accompanied by an additional $1,000 scholarship. 
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Hanscom Airmen and local Girl Scouts join forces for Operation Cookie Drop

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

Approximately 600 Girl Scouts and their families, along with 42 military and civilian volunteers from Hanscom, gathered here March 21 to distribute nearly 30,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to military and veteran organizations.

Cookie donations were collected through the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts' Cookies for a Cause program, which allows the Girls Scouts to accept donations for military organizations, food pantries and other local charities. Hanscom has hosted the Operation Cookie Drop event several times since its inception following 9/11, providing an opportunity for the Girl Scouts to deliver their donations in person to some of the military members and veterans their program supports.
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Hanscom civilian honored at AFCEA international conference

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

Kasie Moriarty was honored at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association international conference held in San Diego, Calif., last month.

Moriarty serves as an acquisition program manager in the Landing Systems Branch at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Moriarty received the prestigious award of "Distinguished Young AFCEAN" for her outstanding contributions to AFCEA's Lexington-Concord Chapter. Specifically, she was cited for her exemplary performance in invigorating current chapter members and recruiting new ones.
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Retirees invited to retiree day April 24

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

A Military Retiree Day will be held April 24 at the Minuteman Commons.

The event will begin with an Information Services Session from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Military retirees, spouses and retirees dependent survivors of all ranks and services are invited to attend.

The Information Services session will provide retirees an opportunity to browse 20 information tables staffed by representatives of both on- and off-base agencies and organizations. Those on hand will include the 66th Medical Squadron, TRICARE, US Family Health Plan, Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration and other veteran service agencies.
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66 SFS members capture AFMC, AF-level ‘top cop’ honors

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

Two 66th Security Forces Squadron police officers were recently notified as command- and Air Force-level award winners for fiscal year 2014.

Officer Jason M. Callahan, 66 SFS desk sergeant, was awarded the Outstanding Security Forces Flight-Level Civilian Award in the Non-Supervisory category for Air Force Materiel Command, as well as at the Air Force level. Officer Jose E. Pagan, 66 SFS assistant flight chief, AFMC-level award in the Supervisory category.

Jason M. Callahan
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, March 20

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March 18, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Hanscom, Bedford agreement first for Air Force

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March 17, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Air Force officials here recently announced that Hanscom Air Force Base and the town of Bedford, Mass., have successfully executed the first Air Force intergovernmental support agreement for services with a local municipality using relatively new authorities as part of an Air Force community partnership initiative.

The five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement with Bedford is for the treatment of base roadways before winter storms. The Public-Public Partnership for Proactive Salt Brine Application Services was signed March 9 and will enable Bedford to treat 18 miles of Hanscom priority-one roads for a fee.
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Improvements on way to warfighters as Hanscom upgrades ‘heart’ of CRC

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March 17, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A program office here is improving conditions for warfighters using the Control and Reporting Center Operations Module, or OM.

The CRC is a mobile command, control and communications radar element that provides a comprehensive air picture by integrating input from air- and ground-based radars. It consists of several subsystems, including AN/TPS-75 radar, a radio module, theater deployable communications unit module and the OM.

Often, personnel refer to the OM as the "heart" of the system, as it's where warfighters receive and use the information gathered from various sensors. The team here has upgraded the OM by reducing its footprint, making it more easily transportable and bringing it up to date with current technology.
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