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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Oct. 22

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October 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Enlisted attaché duty applications due in November

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October 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Active duty staff through senior master sergeants interested in attaché duty can apply for assignment opportunities with international affairs teams around the world, but those interested must submit their applications by Nov. 14 to be considered, Air Force officials announced today. 

The Air Force Personnel Center and Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs are accepting applications for operations coordinator and operations noncommissioned officer defense attaché specialist duty, with selectees reporting for duty between February 2015 and January 2016, according to AFPC assignments officials.
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Virtual process expedites DD214 delivery

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October 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Retiring and separating military Airmen will get their Department of Defense Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," sooner now that DD214s are delivered electronically, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

In the past, the Total Force Service Center was printing, folding and addressing envelopes to mail 39,000 forms each year using the hard copy delivery method. In 2010, with an eye toward efficiency and improved service to Airmen, AFPC began testing electronic delivery of DD214s to service members while still offering the option of hard copy delivery. Airmen could retrieve their DD 214 electronically using a secure identification and password, and AFPC also mailed paper copies to them.
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Three-Dimensional Long-Range Radar contract awarded

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October 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Theater Battle Control Division awarded a contract to the Raytheon Company for the service's next generation of long-range radars yesterday. 

The $19.5 million fixed price incentive firm contract covers the engineering, manufacturing and development of three Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar systems, also known as 3DELRR. The full value of the contract could reach almost $72 million if all options are exercised. The system will serve as the service's primary long-range, ground-based sensor for detecting, identifying, tracking and reporting aerial targets - replacing the legacy TPS-75 system.
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Clinic modernization project update

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October 21, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The first phase of the 66th Medical Squadron modernization project is nearing completion, officials announced Oct. 20.

This initial phase includes renovations that improved patient flow and the overall environment in Pediatrics, and patient flow and added privacy in Medical Management.

Additional phases of the project are ongoing.

"The clinic renovation, which began in February 2014, is focused on improving the overall patient experience," said Lt. Col. Therese A. Bohusch, 66 MDS commander. "In addition to a modern and inviting atmosphere, the project will better consolidate clinical areas for easier patient access and address energy efficiency measures aimed to save critical resources."  
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Coliform bacteria in base water resolved

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October 21, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The base water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this is not an emergency, as customers, base personnel have a right to know what happened, what personnel should do, and what civil engineers are doing to correct this situation.

Civil Engineering routinely monitors for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Officials collected 15 samples in September to test for the presence of coliform bacteria. Of those, two samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one sample per month may do so.
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Fundraising on Hanscom during the CFC

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October 20, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Each year during the Combined Federal Campaign numerous questions are raised about fundraising on the installation. This year the CFC at Hanscom is scheduled to run through Nov. 3, unless the campaign is extended.

During the CFC, other fundraising on the installation is reduced significantly. This can affect private organizations, unofficial activities or others that may be planning fundraising activities. This article describes the rules for having a fundraiser during the CFC.

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Winter fitness assessment schedule announced

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

The 66th Force Support Squadron has issued guidance on how fitness assessments will be conducted during winter weather conditions at Hanscom. The guidance is in accordance with AFI 36-2905.

"The winter weather in New England can be harsh," said Barbara Cook, 66th Force Support Squadron recreation specialist. "We want inclement weather to be the last thing on an Airman's mind when taking a fitness assessment."

Appropriate weather agencies will be consulted to determine what environmental conditions exist and before determining if assessments should remain outside or be conducted indoors on the Fitness Center track.
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FY14 force management benefits and separation programs

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

Air Force officials are aware of and are actively working to identify any inconsistencies regarding benefits and separation program details associated with the fiscal year 2014 force management programs.

From inception, the multi-year strategy for force management programs was complex and dynamic in nature as the Air Force undertook broad measures to meet mission and budgetary needs. However, given the complex nature described it would be unrealistic to expect perfection.

What the Air Force has said and done throughout the process is to assess each situation and always meet our stated commitment to Airmen through the most fair and equitable means. The Air Force's approach in all such cases is to work directly with impacted Airmen and their chain of command prior to issuing general public guidance.
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Additionally, the ACS estimates that one in eight women, or 12 percent, in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. About one in 36 women, or 3 percent, will die from breast cancer.

Fortunately, death rates from breast cancer have been on the decline since 1989 as a result of earlier detection through screening, increased awareness and improved treatment. Men are also at risk from breast cancer, but at a lower rate and also need to be screened as needed.
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Operation Homefront seeks Military Child of Year nominations

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

Operation Homefront is seeking nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year awards.

Officials of the nonprofit organization, which provides aid to service members and their families, said they understand what military children go through in supporting their service members and want to recognize their contributions.

Parents, grandparents, Scout leaders, teachers, counselors, priests, rabbis, imams, pastors and others can nominate a military child for the honor.
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Safety campaign focuses on risk management

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

Air Force Ground Safety officials recently introduced a new safety campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign, known as Quest for Zero, will highlight career fields each month to increase awareness of the specific hazards those employees face each day.

Air Force Chief of Safety Maj. Gen. Kurt Neubauer said that readiness is paramount to accomplishing the mission, and the safety of every Airman is critical to ensuring that readiness is executed.

The campaign's motto, "My Job, My Life, My Choice," embodies that credo.
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Expert advice on sports medicine now one click away

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October 14, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Under a new partnership between the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) and the Human Performance Resource Center (HPRC)--a Department of Defense Initiative under the Force Health Protection and Readiness Program--Air Force healthcare providers can now seek expert advice on a variety of sports medicine topics.

HPRC's "Ask the Expert" feature includes sports medicine, physical therapy, exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition, and other Human Performance Optimization topics.

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Undergrad flying training applications due in December

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October 14, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The 2015 undergraduate flying training selection board originally scheduled for Jan. 20-23 will now convene Feb. 17-20 and associated application suspenses have shifted by approximately one month, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Oct. 10.

Eligible active-duty officers interested in undergraduate flying training must apply by Dec. 19 to be considered by the UFT selection board for 2015/2016 training requirements in the pilot, remotely piloted aircraft, combat systems officer and air battle manager categories.
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LCMC commander calls for staying, building on current course

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October 14, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Life Cycle Management Center's new commander, Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, visited Hanscom for the first time, after assuming his leadership role just last week, and took the opportunity to highlight the center's current and future direction during an All-Call Oct. 9.

"Knowing the mission here and all the great things that all of you have delivered to the warfighter makes it truly my honor to be the commander of this organization," said the general as he began his address to base support, functional and program office members.
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