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6 new AF Material Command units to form installation and mission support center

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October 1, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Six Air Force organizations moved under Air Force Materiel Command Oct. 1, in a step toward integrating and forming the foundation of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center when the center is formally activated in 2015.

The Air Force realigned four field operating agencies -- the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Air Force Financial Services Center, Air Force Installation Contracting Agency and Air Force Security Forces Center -- to AFMC. Two additional organizations -- the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency's Financial Management Center of Expertise and the Air Force Personnel Center's Services Directorate -- were also realigned to the command.
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Global access can also mean global cyber crime

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October 1, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which has become increasingly important in recent years as global Internet use continues to grow exponentially.

It is estimated that about eight new users access the Internet every minute as technology spreads to developing countries. On average, there are one million victims of cyber-crime across the globe every day, and most of them are new Internet users who could have avoided the attack if they were more educated on cyber security.
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Registration open for upcoming focus week

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October 1, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center will be hosting a Focus Week Oct. 27-31. Courses cover a variety of subject areas and are available locally, via video teleconference and Defense Connect Online (DCO).

The October Focus Week will continue to offer many courses via DCO. The extension of course offerings allows a broader range of subject matter to locations that may not otherwise have opportunities for such learning events. Some of the DCO offerings this quarter include: "Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework," "Acquisition and Operational Weight and Balance," "Hazardous Material Management in Acquisition," and "Manufacturing Readiness Assessment."
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Oct. 1 — Pulse on AF force management

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October 1, 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 and ongoing civilian force management programs.

Military force management

Due to adjustments for operational requirements and additional voluntary separations, judge advocates (51J), operations research analysts (61A) in the 2002 year group, and acquisition managers (63A) in the 2001 year group, were all removed from consideration at the upcoming RIF board. The board is scheduled to convene at the Air Force Personnel Center in early October. Updated officer RIF and voluntary force management matrices are available on the myPers site.
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TACP-M ties it all together

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October 1, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Embedded deep within an Army maneuver unit lies an Airman. Charged with orchestrating critical close-air support, oftentimes it's the effort of this combat maestro that means the difference between life and death on the battlefield - he is known as a tactical air control party or TACP for short.

However, the success of close-air support doesn't depend on these Airmen alone, but also the equipment and communication tools they use.

TACP-Modernization, an Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-owned program, is the driving force responsible for acquiring and equipping battlefield Airmen with such tools. This technology has the capability to interface with ground forces, CAS aircraft, UHF satellites, remotely piloted aircraft and command and control intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Oct. 1

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October 1, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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AF updates voluntary education programs for FY15

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October 1, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Active-duty Airmen who want to take advantage of military assistance programs for voluntary education in the coming academic year will experience several changes beginning Oct. 1.

Air Force Credentialing Opportunities Online, or AF COOL, will take the place of the military tuition assistance, or MilTA, certification program for enlisted and total-force Airmen seeking certifications. Military tuition assistance guidance will be updated.

"Education is what keeps our Airmen and our Air Force at the leading edge of change," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody. "This is a valuable benefit that Airmen have a responsibility to manage, whether it's keeping their GPA up or meeting all the deadlines for applications."
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AF ensures command visibility on substantiated sex-related offenses

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

Air Force officials announced a new policy requiring the inclusion and command review of information on sex-related offenses in personnel service records Sept. 30.

The change was directed in the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, requiring the services to document this information in service member personnel records.

"Sexual harassment and sexual assault are not consistent with our core values, cause great harm to our Airmen who experience it and seriously degrade our mission readiness," said Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso, the director of the Air Force sexual assault and prevention response.
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AFMC promotes Strengthening Relationships campaign

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

During the month of October, Air Force Materiel Command will promote the Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships campaign. Healthy and caring relationships with family, friends, and significant others can give our lives immeasurable joy and meaning.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, qualities of a healthy relationship include:

· Strong two-way communication
· Commitment
· Trust and support
· Honesty and respect
· Ability to laugh at self and the world
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Working smoke alarms save lives

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

The Hanscom Fire Department will recognize Fire Prevention Week Oct. 5 through 11 by reminding all base employees and residents to test their fire alarm monthly.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is "Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month." Along with firefighters and safety advocates nationwide, the fire department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association during this upcoming week to spread this important message.

According to the latest NFPA research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. In addition, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from not having smoke alarms or smoke alarms that were not working.
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EFMP families, providers invited to workshop

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

Hanscom's Airman and Family Readiness Center, in conjunction with Specialized Training of Military Parents, or STOMP, is hosting a two-day workshop Oct. 21 and 22 at the Hanscom Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of the Exceptional Family Member Program.

According to STOMP, one in 10 military children has special education or healthcare needs. Military families face unique challenges, but special-need families experience added difficulty navigating complex educational and medical systems in their community, according to Hanscom Airman and Family Readiness Center officials.
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AF integrates TAP into new military lifecycle model

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

The redesigned Transition Assistance Program is in its third and final stage and will be integrated into the new Department of Defense Military Lifecycle model, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.

The MLC, which will be implemented Oct. 1, is the latest in a series of improvements to the Transition Goals Planning Success, or Transition GPS. In October the Air Force will align TAP resources to engage at key touch-points in the MLC model to ensure Airmen prepare for life after the military beginning with their first day on active duty.
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Thompson set to take command

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


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Prevention is the best medicine for enterovirus D-68

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September 25, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

With recent cases of the respiratory illness enterovirus D-68 being reported in multiple states within the U.S., doctors want to ensure all the members of the military community are informed and safe when confronting this illness.

If the proper precautions and prevention methods are followed, the illness should have little effect on Defense Department Education Activity schools and families.

Enterovirus D-68 is spread like most common colds - through making contact with surfaces or objects that an infected person has coughed on, sneezed on or touched. Also like a cold, we have yet to create any effective vaccines or antiviral medications to fight or prevent it, so early detection and care is vital to treatment.
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Acquisition strategy to improve stakeholder relationships, transparency

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

The assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition outlined the Air Force procurement priorities at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exhibition here Sept. 16.

In his first address to AFA as assistant secretary, Dr. William A. LaPlante said his aim is to improve upon the services' track record by building stakeholder relationships and transparency.

"The strategy of Air Force acquisition is really the 'what' we want to do ... We want to have a good, effective acquisition process that delivers to the warfighter capabilities that will be with them for years to come and are sustainable and economical," he said.
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