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Wolfenbarger visits Hanscom

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


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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, April 17

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


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Force management update

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

New eligibility criteria, application deadlines and status updates are all featured in this force management update, an ongoing effort to bring Airmen the latest, most accurate information concerning the complex and dynamic force management programs.

Additional TERA, VSP windows

The Air Force will open two new fiscal year 2014 Temporary Early Retirement Authority application windows and a new voluntary separation pay application window. The first window, planned for April 15through May 13, is for Airmen who were unable to apply during the original application window due to previously unwaiverable active-duty service commitments, deployment status or because they were serving on a short tour.
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Prescription drugs ‘take back’ scheduled

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

The 66th Security Forces Squadron and Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, will provide Hanscom personnel an opportunity April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by providing a turn in collection point on base.

The collection is in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service lobby and will provide a safe and secure venue for anyone who would like to dispose unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication. DEA cannot accept liquids or needles.
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AFOSI assists personnel traveling abroad via AF Portal

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

All Defense Department personnel can be the target of a foreign intelligence or security service at any time and any place; however, the possibility of becoming the target of foreign intelligence activities is greater while traveling overseas. To manage that threat, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations has created foreign travel training through the AF Portal to mitigate that risk.

Foreign intelligence services have better access to you while overseas and their actions are not restricted within their own country's borders. Understanding this, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, or AFOSI, has streamlined the foreign travel briefing program to better serve active duty Air Force Airmen and Department of the Air Force civilian employees. These programs include foreign travel pre-brief and de-brief surveys and a streamlined process in reporting foreign travel and obtaining an AFOSI foreign travel briefing.
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Air Base Group working to improve self-assessment program

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

As the Air Force cultivates enhanced mission readiness through its new inspection system, the 66th Air Base Group commander here is looking to improve his unit's self-assessment program, or USAP, to ensure compliance and to serve as a potential model for other organizations.

"We need to make sure there is a culture of compliance to accurately self-identify observations and report issues to the command chain," said Col. Lester A. Weilacher, 66th Air Base Group commander. "All Airmen will play a key role in successful USAP implementation as every Airman is a sensor."
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JSTARS Recap team holds industry week

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

With the Air Force's Joint STARS recapitalization initiative gaining speed, aircraft and communication companies from around the country gathered for an industry week at Hanscom AFB, Mass., April 7-10.

More than 100 participants from 35 companies attended the event where a series of government briefings, presentations from small business sub-contractors, one-on-one sessions with government representatives and a networking lunch took place.

"The purpose of the event was to open a dialogue with industry representatives and engage in discussion about the results of the latest JSTARS request for information," said Maj. Kate Stowe, aircraft and communications team lead. "We received some great technical information to help us move forward and identify the solutions for the program."
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Still time to register for upcoming focus week

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

This quarter's Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Focus Week is scheduled for April 21 to 25. As with previous events, courses will cover a variety of areas and be offered locally and through Defense Connect Online, or DCO.

"This session we have several new DCO courses pertaining to acquisition," said Alicyn Cerulli, Focus Week coordinator. "One of the new offerings is a collaborative small business and contracting class, called 'Communicating with Industry - a Two Way Street.' Other courses include 'Interim DoDI 5000.02: A Quick Glance at the New Guidance,' 'AFLCMC Process Standardization,' 'The FIRE Approach to Defense Acquisitions' and a 'Pre-Award Risk Workshop.'"
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Space, Aerial and Nuclear Networks Division offers up potential business opportunities

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

Hanscom's Space, Aerial and Nuclear Networks, or HNA, Division was the topic of conversation at the Hanscom Representatives Association meeting in Lexington, Mass., April 11.

Col. Anthony Genatempo, the division's senior materiel leader, presented community and industry partners with an overall HNA update, discussed program opportunities and emphasized the division's priorities.

"We have a pretty bold vision," said Genatempo, when laying out HNA's way ahead. "We plan to revolutionize the management of our networks as weapons systems, earn recognition as a leader both in acquiring and sustaining interoperable communication systems and we will work to establish, maintain and enforce the standards for aerial and satellite communication networks."
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Holocaust Days of Remembrance scheduled

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

The base will host this year's Holocaust Days of Remembrance observance April 28 through May 2.

Israel "Izzy" Arbeiter, a Holocaust survivor, will share his life story with the community on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Concord Room of the Hanscom Conference Center.

Committee members note that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from someone who has dedicated his life to educating people, young and old, through his personal story of survival through the Holocaust. Arbeiter lost several family members, including his parents, in the Holocaust.
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PPE and situational awareness key to staying safe outdoors

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

With warmer weather finally here, an increased number of people will be outside running or riding bicycles, skateboards and motorcycles. As a reminder to everyone, the Safety Office encourages the use of proper protective equipment to perform these activities safely.

While jogging outdoors, use pathways or sidewalks. If no sidewalks are available, personnel are encouraged to run against the traffic flow. During low light conditions, at night or during inclement weather such as fog, rain or sleet, wear clothing or accessories containing retro-reflective properties visible from the front and back for all outdoor activities.
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Upcoming events

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

For additional base event information, visit the calendar page on the 66th Force Support Squadron's website. Local community events can be found by visiting the Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln or the Boston and Massachusetts calendar sites.  
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News in Brief

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



Dependent Participation in Focus Group
United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and Tufts University are working in partnership to customize and implement a weight loss program for adult dependents of active duty military personnel.

Eligibility:
· At least 18 years of age
· Adult dependents of active duty military personnel
· Willing to commit to up to 3 hours - one time session
· Must be overweight or obese (Body mass index (BMI) above 25)
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, April 10

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April 10, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Religious support teams minister to building occupants

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April 10, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

In order to better meet Hanscom's spiritual needs, Religious Support Teams, or RSTs, will soon take to buildings across the base to provide religious support and spiritual counsel to members of the Hanscom workforce. To begin this effort, a team has setup an office in Building 1614 to minister to the employees working there.

"The Air Force Chief of Staff passed down a directive through the Air Force chief of chaplains that a chaplain and a chaplain assistant work as a team to be engaged in a unit," said Chaplain (Capt) Michael Gorton. "It really coincides with his vision to take care of Airmen; he wants to make sure that is reflected through the Chaplain Corps."
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