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Air Force Small Business program drives competition, develops industrial base

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May 1, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Hanscom Air Force Base specializes in acquiring and managing weapons systems used by U.S. warfighters. And like other acquisition-centered installations, there are many aspects that go into developing, deploying and sustaining these vital assets.

As the Air Force works to enhance its capabilities and plan for the long term, the Service recognizes the need for innovative solutions at affordable prices -- and to aid in this effort, the Air Force is looking to small businesses.

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AFLCMC-Hanscom May promotions

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May 1, 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 May.

Congratulations to the following May promotees:

Enlisted Promotions

To the rank of Senior Airman
Michael A. Mejia, 66th Comptroller Squadron
Marniece L. Clarke, Joint Personal Property Shipping Office-Northeast
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Chief of Staff of the Air Force

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April 30, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, May 1

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April 30, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Team Hanscom announces quarterly award winners

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April 29, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Team Hanscom recognized 11 individuals and one team during a quarterly awards ceremony at the Hanscom Conference Center April 29.

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, civilian and team 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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Division chief talks contracting opportunities, bending the cost curve with industry

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April 29, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Charged with acquiring innovative over-the-air communication solutions for the Air Force, Hanscom's Space, Aerial and Nuclear Networks Division was the topic of conversation during a Hanscom Representatives Association gathering in Lexington, Mass., April 28.

Col. Todd Krueger, the division's senior materiel leader and keynote speaker for the event, highlighted several prominent programs that would lend to potential contracts for industry partners.

Among the first mentioned was the 5th to 4th Generation Gateway program  - an initiative that focuses on bridging the communications gap between 5th and 4th generation aircraft that use different data link systems.
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PEA Airmen lead volunteer effort

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April 28, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Base volunteers participated in two Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell community projects in Billerica, Mass., as part of a Patriot Enlisted Association-led volunteer effort April 23.

Airman 1st Class Noelle Valentine, who organized the service project, points to the PEA philosophy of "Inspire, Motivate and Educate," as a motivating factor in organizing the effort.

"It is such a privilege to volunteer in a community that has shown me such wonderful support, often as simple as extending a 'Thank you for your service,'" said Valentine, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Detachment 7 unit deployment manager and PEA president. "Plus, being able to give back is a lot of fun, as well as good karma."
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AFMC promotes Strengthening Workplace Relationships campaign

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April 28, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

During the months of April and May, Air Force Materiel Command will promote its Strengthening Workplace Relationships campaign.

Building and maintaining good work relationships is the key to a positive work environment. Many full-time employees spend more of their waking hours with fellow staff than they do with their families or personal friends. Co-workers rely on each other to contribute support, expertise and other resources to fulfill the AFMC mission. Benefits of establishing positive workplace relationships include enhanced teamwork, improved employee morale, increased productivity and higher employee retention rates.
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Two-week campaign draws attention to avoidable mishaps

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

Air Force Ground Safety will sponsor Fall Protection Focus weeks from May 4-15 to draw attention to avoidable mishaps due to falls. This initiative is a partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's campaign, "National Safety Stand-Down."

During fiscal years 2010-2014, the Air Force had 7,671 injuries from falls resulting in 44,000 lost work days at a cost of more than $30 million. Three of those falls resulted in fatalities, including one right here at Hanscom. In all, Hanscom AFB experienced 54 injuries from falls resulting in 310 lost work days at a cost of more than $616,000. 
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, April 24

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


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TRICARE beneficiaries being targeted by call centers

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

The Defense Health Agency, Office of Program Integrity (DHA-PI) has received a significant number of concerns from our TRICARE beneficiaries regarding unsolicited contact from call centers encouraging them to provide personally identifiable and health information.

According to sources, the call center will normally cold call and say, "I am a representative calling from 'XYZ.' We are calling to tell you about a benefit TRICARE will cover for you for a prescription pain cream you are eligible for. Do you have any of the following medical issues (list of issues) or pain? If so, TRICARE wants to get you taken care of. All we need are your doctor's name and your TRICARE information and we will contact your doctor and get these medications or supplies out to you immediately and submit a claim. "
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‘Commitment to Caring’ encourages donations

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

With only days remaining in this year's Hanscom Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign, organizers ask those who have not yet contributed to consider making a monetary donation before May 1.

The theme for this year's campaign is "Commitment to Caring" and the base's monetary goal is $33,127. Base personnel have donated $23,666 so far, with one week still remaining.

"Hanscom personnel still have time to make a contribution online to one or more of the charities by visiting the AFAF website, at www.afassistancefund.org, and completing the Form 2561," said Capt. Mandy Bradesca, Hanscom AFAF installation project officer. "Once completed, the form can be printed and turned in to your group or squadron point of contact."
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Hanscom to celebrate Arbor Day April 30

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

Base civil engineers will celebrate the 28th anniversary of Arbor Day with a tree planting ceremony April 30.

This year's tree planting ceremony will take place at 1 p.m., near the 66th Medical Squadron and the temporary Middle School. All personnel working at Hanscom are invited to attend and help celebrate the event alongside with Col. Michael A. Vogel, 66th Air Base Group commander, as well local youth from Hanscom Middle School.

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872.  The holiday quickly spread and is now celebrated in all 50 states and around the globe. Hanscom's contribution this year will be to plant trees on the north side of the temporary Middle School on Eglin Ave. The additional trees will provide shade, color and other environmental benefits.
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Motorcycle training offered to base personnel

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

Each year motorcycle-related deaths plague the Air Force. Since Oct. 1, 2014, the Air Force has had eight motorcycle-related fatalities. That trend, if it continues, may surpass last year's total of 14 fatalities.

To help curb that trend, the 66th Air Base Group Safety Office has built an extensive Air Force-mandated motorcycle training program for active-duty Airmen, as well as for Defense Department civilians.

"A Basic Rider Course 1 and an Advanced Rider Course are now both available to active duty Air Force personnel assigned to Hanscom," said Shelly Kelley, 66th Air Base Group ground safety manager. "The training is mandatory for all military motorcycle riders assigned to Hanscom."
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AF acquisition: Investing now to win the high-end fight of the future

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

How does Dr. William LaPlante, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, apply his 29 years of defense technology experience to improve a $32 billion research, development and acquisition portfolio? That is the question he sought to answer.

LaPlante had recently completed a meeting focused on shaping an experimentation campaign strategy for the service, which would be the first topic of discussion.

"Our experimentation strategy is critical to our service investment strategy and efforts to prepare for what our Chief of Staff (of the Air Force) Gen. (Mark A.) Welsh (III), refers to as the 'high end fight of the future," LaPlante said.
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