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AF to implement DOD TDY policy changes

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October 30, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Defense Department recently implemented two TDY policy changes impacting travel reimbursements for Airmen.

The first change took effect Oct. 1, and made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and takes effect Nov. 1.

Referencing the new policy for incidental expenses, contiguous U.S. (CONUS) laundry expenses, tips to baggage handlers by uniformed members and ATM fees are among those now considered part of the incidental expense portion of per diem, thus they are no longer reimbursable as separate miscellaneous expenses. These expenses will now be added to the current list which includes such items as tips to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards and stewardesses.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Oct. 29

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October 29, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Hanscom team protects vital assets

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October 29, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Force Protection Division here recently awarded a delivery order for a nuclear weapons storage area effort. This $17.5 million order will ensure the safety of weapons stored at Whiteman AFB, Mo.

According to program officials, the order is considered a "refresh" and involves replacing command and control hardware, area lighting, surveillance and assessment cameras along with other security system components.

"Our program goal is to aid our Airmen in their mission by providing them the best possible security systems designed to deter and, if necessary, thwart unauthorized access to the storage area," said Meghan Rosso, project lead.
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DRAGON flys ahead

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October 29, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Ebola: What you really need to know

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October 28, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Ebola is a rare and potentially deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

The disease is found in several African countries. It was first discovered in 1976 near the Ebola River in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The natural reservoir of Ebola virus remains unknown. Researchers believe the virus is animal-borne and that bats are the most likely reservoir.

How Ebola spreads
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Engineers, computer scientists discuss open system architecture with industry

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October 28, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Open systems architecture, it's a term that is frequently heard echoing throughout the Air Force acquisition community --  and also happened to be the topic of discussion at Hanscom AFB Oct 23.

A panel comprised of representatives from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Hewlett Packard, IBM and the Software Engineering Institute, offered their perspective of open systems architecture to the base's engineering and computer scientist workforce during an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association event.
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Battle Management working to improve nuclear scenario planning

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October 24, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A program that allows national leaders and combatant commanders to plan for deliberate and crisis nuclear scenarios is getting a significant upgrade.

The Integrated Strategic Planning and Analysis Network, or ISPAN, provides planning capabilities for U.S. Strategic Command in support of their mission for strategic deterrence and global strike. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Battle Management Directorate, headquartered at Hanscom AFB, Mass., manages the program at Offutt.
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Step up to better health with AFMC’s challenge

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October 24, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Do you have 'sitting disease'? Too much time sitting down may put you at risk for health problems. When muscles don't contract, they require less fuel, and the surplus of sugar that accumulates in the bloodstream contributes to health concerns. Research has shown that sitting for long periods of time -- watching TV or at work behind a desk -- raises the risk of chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. 

Getting up and moving has the opposite effect. According to the Centers for Disease Control, regular physical activity can help: control body weight, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, improve brain function and strengthen bones and muscles.
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Cyber challenges and solutions focus of summit

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October 24, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A fall summit addressing "Cyber Challenges and Solutions: Today and Tomorrow," will be held Nov. 13-14 at The MITRE Corp in Bedford, Mass.

Sponsored by the Association of Old Crows Patriots' Roost Chapter, the event will focus on cyber challenges facing the U.S. and its allies. Both of Hanscom's program executive officers are scheduled to speak.

"We know cyber is an important topic and this will be the first time this AOC chapter is having an event focused solely on cyber activities, as requested in previous symposia and summit feedback," said Nino Amoroso, chapter president.
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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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