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PII protection, it matters

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

Everyone has a chance of falling victim to identity theft; knowing how to properly protect personally identifiable information, PII, could lower those chances exponentially.

"PII is information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual's identity," said Anita Heath, Hanscom's Freedom of Information and Privacy Act manager. "This information includes names, Social Security numbers, dates and places of birth and mothers' maiden names."

Failure to safeguard PII could result in a PII breach. According to Air Force Regulations, a PII breach is considered a loss of control, compromise or unauthorized access where persons other than authorized users have access or potential access to PII, whether physical or electronic, for anything other than an authorized purpose.
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Hanscom Air Force Base to hold exercise to evaluate readiness

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

On Sept. 5, Hanscom AFB will be conducting an exercise to evaluate its readiness to respond to an active shooter situation.

During this exercise there will be interruptions to regular activities, including disruption to traffic and closure of facilities. All organizations in building 1305 will be impacted during the exercise, including Military Personnel Flight's Customer Service section (Pass and ID) which will be closed for the duration of the exercise. At the beginning of the exercise, the gates will also be closed for approximately, but not longer than, 15 minutes.
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Comprehensive Airman Fitness: A Lifestyle and culture

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

Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices.

The program's goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness.

The new AFI 90-506, published April 2, establishes flexibility for commanders and community support coordinators to facilitate resilience events and/or coordinate resiliency skills training in conjunction with or independent of commander-themed wingman days.
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The Judge Advocate General’s Corps announces law school programs

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August 19, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Officers interested in continuing to serve the Air Force as a judge advocate are able to apply to the Funded Legal Education Program, or FLEP, and the Excess Leave Program, ELP.

Officers selected for FLEP have the opportunity to attend law school at the Air Force's expense while also continuing to receive full pay, allowances and tuition. Officers chosen for ELP are responsible for law school expenses and do not receive full pay, allowances or tuition. However, ELP participants remain eligible for active-duty benefits and continue to accrue time toward retirement and promotion.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Aug. 20

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August 19, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Women’s Equality Day forum scheduled

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August 19, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Hanscom community is invited to recognize Women's Equality Day during a speakers' forum at the Hanscom Conference Center Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Women's Equality Day, first celebrated in 1971, is observed Aug. 26 to commemorate the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

Scheduled to speak first at the forum via video teleconference is Brig. Gen. Kimberly A. Crider, mobilization assistant to the chief, Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. She is scheduled to speak for 30 minutes.
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Changes to academic degree and developmental education expectations

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August 19, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Air Force officials announced actions designed to set clear expectations, restore Airmen's time and refocus officer promotions on job performance.

The Air Force has addressed long-standing perceptions that to be promoted, officers must complete an advanced academic degree, and those officers selected by a promotion board to attend developmental education in-residence, are expected to first complete that same level of developmental education by correspondence.

"My number one priority is taking care of people and these initiatives aim to do just that," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James.
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Career intermission accessible to officers, enlisted

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August 18, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Beginning Aug. 15, up to 40 active-duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard officers and enlisted members may apply for a transition to the Individual Ready Reserve to focus on personal and professional pursuits under the Career Intermission Pilot Program, or CIPP, Air Force officials announced.

In accordance with the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act, each military branch is authorized to implement CIPP, which authorizes selected members to take a sabbatical and seamlessly return to their active-duty or Air Reserve Component role. Members who meet eligibility requirements will be offered between one and three years of partially-paid time out of uniform.
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Service members receiving RAND military workplace survey

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August 18, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.

Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to participate.

"The survey is unprecedented in its scale and will influence policies that affect everyone in the services," defense officials said.

The survey is voluntary and confidential. No one at the Defense Department will ever see how an individual service member responds, officials stressed.
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Aug. 15 — Pulse on AF force management

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August 18, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Featured in this force management update are details regarding changes to the reduction in force board eligibility, enlisted retention and force shaping board results and the ongoing civilian force management programs.

Reduction in force board

Based on voluntary losses, the Air Force no longer needs to include Air Force Medical Service officers in this year's reduction in force board scheduled to convene at the Air Force Personnel Center in early October.
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AF implements static enlisted performance report closeout dates, eliminates change of reporting official reports

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

The first in a series of changes to the enlisted evaluation and promotion systems announced July 31 will include implementation of static enlisted performance report closeout dates - or SCOD - for each grade and elimination of change of reporting official EPRs. The SCOD also drives adjusted active duty promotion eligibility cutoff dates for promotion to technical and master sergeant; all other grades are unchanged.

Evaluation system changes, which will occur in stages over the next 18 months for the Regular Air Force and 30 months for the AF Reserve and Air National Guard, or ARC, are focused on purposefully evolving the enlisted evaluation system to ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion, according to a letter to Airmen from Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody.
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Nominations open for 66th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award

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

Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 66th Annual Arthur S. Flemming Award.

The award is sponsored by George Washington University in conjunction with the Arthur S. Flemming Awards Commission. It honors outstanding federal employees who have made significant and extraordinary contributions to the federal government.

The Air Force may nominate 10 federal civilian employees or military members -- two in each of the following five categories:
Leadership and/or management
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Defense Health Agency makes progress

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August 13, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

As the Defense Health Agency approaches its one-year anniversary Oct. 1, it has already saved money and standardized health care in the Defense Department, said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

"The new medical agency was set up to establish common business processes and clinical practices for the Army, Navy and Air Force," Woodson said.

As the cost of health care continues to rise, Woodson said, the DOD must leverage efficiencies, technology and standardization in order to continue to provide affordable, high quality health care for service members and their families.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Aug. 13

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August 13, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Voting now open for American Airman Video Contest

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August 13, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Voting for the 2014 American Airman Video Contest is now open and runs until Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. CDT.

The contest launched July 1 for all total force Airmen to showcase their Air Force stories in short selfie videos.

"Every Airman has a story -- and smartphone technology now allows those Airmen to share those stories with a wider audience than ever before," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III at the start of the contest.

The finalist videos from Air Force major commands and agencies are now available for public voting on the Air Force's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/AFBlueTube. Voters can "like" their favorite videos, and the video with the most "likes" by Aug. 22 at 3 p.m. CDT will win.
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