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AFLCMC- Hanscom March promotions

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

Officials from the 66th Force Support Squadron recently announced the names of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-Hanscom Airmen scheduled for promotion to the next highest rank in March.

Congratulations to the following March promotees:

Enlisted Promotions

To the rank of Senior Airman:
Fidel T. Ababa, 66th Medical Squadron
Mayra K. Bendezu, AFLCMC, Detachment 7

To the rank of Staff Sergeant:
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Team Hanscom announces annual award winners

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

Team Hanscom celebrated its annual award winners during an awards ceremony at the Hanscom Conference Center Feb. 26.

Nominees 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 competed in several military and civilian categories.

Col. Michael A. Vogel, 66th Air Base Group commander, as well as Hanscom's Command Chief Master Sgt. Craig A. Poling, presented the winners with their award.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Feb. 26

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


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Weight loss trial program for Hanscom adult dependents

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

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine launched a collaborative research study with Tufts University to assess the effectiveness of two weight-loss strategies.

Called "Healthy Families, Healthy Forces," this randomized trial will measure the effectiveness of two weight-loss programs for meaningful and sustainable weight loss in military families.

"This study targets dependents of active-duty military personnel and addresses the eating environment at the service member's home," Lt. Col. Asma Bukhari said. "Collaborating with Dr. (Susan) Roberts and Dr. (Sai Krupa) Das at Tufts University is a great opportunity for us to further investigate evidenced-based weight-loss strategies for our military beneficiaries."
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66th Medical Squadron captures multiple AFMS awards

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

The 66th Medical Squadron was recently honored with three Air Force Medical Service level awards for 2014.

The Hanscom Dental Clinic has been named the Air Force Materiel Command's Best Small Dental Clinic for 2014, Capt. Heidi Hernandez of Public Health has been chosen as the Biomedical Specialist Category I Officer of the Year and Mr. Christopher Meeks of Environmental Health has been selected for the Air Force Medical Service Civilian Leadership Award.

The 66th MDS Dental Flight was named the "best" at the AFMC level for the seventh time for their unmatched accomplishments as the number one of eight small dental flights in AFMC, meeting or exceeding Air Force level standards.
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Air traffic control radar system gaining ground, testing in sight

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

Moving closer and closer to the first stage of testing, the deployable radar approach control surveillance system continues to jump hurdles and progress quickly through its engineering, manufacturing and development phase.

Since conducting a human factors assessment in October 2013, the Hanscom AFB-based D-RAPCON program has completed both a preliminary and critical design review of the system, began factory acceptance testing of major components of a pre-production unit and identified locations for formal developmental testing.
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Leadership development program nominations due March 16

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

Nomination packages for majors and major-selects interested in the Defense Department 2015-2016 Executive Leadership Development Program are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by March 16, officials announced.

The program, designed specifically for highly motivated officers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability, commitment to public service and integrity, and who have an interest in moving into senior management positions, provides a new approach to training civilian employees by including military participants and interagency partners that parallel certain aspects of selected military training.
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Pay dates increase for civilians in 2015

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

Civilian employees will have 27 pay dates in 2015 compared to the usual 26, so some employees might need to adjust their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) contribution elections to receive the maximum agency matching contributions for 2015.

The Internal Revenue Code imposes a limit each year on the amount that an employee can contribute annually to a tax deferred retirement plan like TSP. The maximum 2015 contribution amount for traditional or Roth TSP is $18,000 and the maximum amount for 2015 catch-up contributions is $6,000. Catch-up contributions are additional tax-deferred contributions and are separate from regular TSP contributions. To be eligible to make catch-up contributions, you must be at least age 50 in the year the contributions are made, must be in a pay status, and must be scheduled to reach the elective deferral limit for regular TSP contributions during the calendar year. For those who are eligible, catch-up contributions provide a way for individuals to s
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Straight Talk: Submit ideas, questions, concerns or kudos

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February 19, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Since arriving at Hanscom last summer, I've certainly had ample opportunity for dialogue with people across the base - Air Force personnel, tenant organizations, and housing residents alike. However I've noticed that very few direct inquiries come to my attention via the Straight Talk line.

There could be any number of reasons for that. Maybe other existing communication channels work well enough. Perhaps few people have encountered concerns they feel merit my personal attention. My fear, though, is that the line simply isn't seen as an effective way to query and receive a response from me, because we've failed to monitor it as closely as we should and to make sure that it is always functioning properly.
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Priorities of AF acquisition outlined at symposium

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February 19, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Dr. William A. LaPlante, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, outlined the Air Force's top acquisition priorities during the Air Force Association's annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 13, in Orlando, Florida.

LaPlante pointed out five key areas of focus which included:

· Get high priority programs right and keep them on the right track.

· Improve relationships and transparency with stakeholders.

· Own the technical baseline for important programs.
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Carter’s message to DOD workforce

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

Ash Carter, who was sworn in as the 25th secretary of defense Feb. 17, laid out his top priorities in a message to the Defense Department workforce.

Carter's message reads as follows:

To all Department of Defense personnel:

I am honored to become your Secretary of Defense. I am proud to lead men and women who devote their lives to the highest calling - the defense of our nation. And I am grateful to follow in the footsteps of Secretary Hagel, one of our nation's most honorable and conscientious public servants.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Feb. 19

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


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EN award winners announced

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

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Engineering Directorate named their annual award winners during a ceremony Feb. 12 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, with video-teleconferencing to nine other locations including the Hanscom Conference Center here.

Col. Edward J. Masterson, deputy associate director of Engineering and Technical Management, presented the local Hanscom winners with their award.

Tuan V. Dao, Airborne Warning and Control System, Battle Management Directorate, was named the 2014 Senior Civilian Engineer of the Year.
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Military Saves Week scheduled Feb. 23-28

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

The Airman and Family Readiness Center wants the community here to learn about savings and will be offering events throughout Military Saves Week scheduled Feb. 23-28.

Senior leaders encourage the community to recommit to saving money by completing the Military Saves Week pledge at www.militarysaves.org.

"Military Saves Week is a great opportunity to promote good savings behavior and a chance for service members and families in the Hanscom community to assess their own saving status," said Col. Michael A. Vogel, 66th Air Base Group commander.
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75 day leave carryover ends Sept. 30

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

Effective Sept. 30, military members will no longer be able to carry more than 60 days of leave into the next fiscal year, in accordance with 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requirements.

Unless they are approved for special leave accrual, Regular Air Force and Active Guard Reserve - or AGR - members who have more than 60 days of leave must use it or lose it by Oct. 1, 2015.

The 2010 NDAA included a provision that allowed members to carry up to 75 days of leave forward to the new fiscal year because of limited leave opportunities tied to deployments and other mission requirements. The 2013 NDAA extended that provision through the end of fiscal year 2015.
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