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Yellow Ribbon: Eye-opener for military and family

This post was originally published by Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass - Westover Headlines

February 25, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

TSgt. Aureli Muniz, 70th Aerial Port Squadron, Homestead Air Reserve Base , Fla, recently returned from overseas and said that if he hadn't gone to all the briefings and meetings during his drill periods he may not have known about the YRRP.

"I've been in the military since 1990 and they didn't have something like this for us back then," he said. "It's a great opportunity to bring family so that they can understand what we go through, and we can understand what they go through while we're gone." Among the resources provided is family counseling to help the family plan ahead together.
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U.S. Representative Clark visit

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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


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Radar upgrade enhances space images

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

February 21, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A program managed here is now enabling improved identification of objects in space.

In conjunction with Air Force Space Command and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Haystack Ultra-wideband Satellite Imaging Radar, or HUSIR, team worked to complete an upgrade to add W-band capabilities to an existing X-band long-range imaging radar. The primary use of the system will be by the Air Force for space situational awareness.

The upgraded imaging will improve the resolution eight times allowing for the recognition of smaller objects with greater resolution.
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Resources available to help reduce tax filing stress

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

Many consider tax day, April 15, among the most stressful days of the year. Fortunately for active duty, retirees, Guard and Reserve personnel, tax professionals are available to assist in free tax preparation.

Free federal and state income tax filing assistance is available by appointment at www.massguard.org. The taxpayer will then be prompted to answer questions, intake form and its addendum, then save and print the completed forms. Email the saved forms to massguardtaxprogram@hotmail.com.
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Electronic cigarette use increasing among Airmen

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

Electronic cigarette use is becoming a popular alternative to traditional cigarettes, but the upward trend is becoming a concern for health care providers.

The battery-operated products, known as e-cigarettes, are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals as a vapor that is inhaled by the user. According to data from the 2011 Department of Defense Survey of Health Related Behaviors, e-cigarettes have been tried by 5 percent of Airmen, and 2.2 percent of Airmen have used e-cigarettes in the past year.
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‘Pro gear’ weight limits set to change

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

This spring a change in shipping personal books, paper and equipment, also referred to as "pro gear" or PBPE, is set to take effect.

Beginning with orders that have an issue date on or after May 1, personal books, papers and equipment will be limited to a maximum weight of 2,000 pounds. There is no authority to waive the limitation.

Servicemembers who transported more than 2,000 pounds overseas prior to the change will be grandfathered and allowed the same amount to the continental United States, or CONUS. For further information, see Joint Federal Travel Regulation, chapter five, part D, paragraph 5310.
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TRICARE for Life Pharmacy pilot begins in March

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

A pilot program launching March 14 will require TRICARE for Life, or TFL, beneficiaries to use TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery, or a military pharmacy, to fill prescriptions for select maintenance medications. The program is a provision of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

Beginning Feb. 18, TFL beneficiaries taking an affected medication started receiving letters notifying them of the pilot program. After the pilot begins, beneficiaries have two 30-day refills of their prescriptions covered at a retail pharmacy before they are responsible for 100 percent of the cost. Beneficiaries may call the TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts, at 1-877-882-3335 to switch to home delivery or with questions about their medications.
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Porten Named New Honorary Commander

This post was originally published by Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass - Westover Headlines

February 20, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

A retired president of a major local hospital assumed honorary command of the 439th Airlift Wing during the January A UTA.

Hank Porten, who lives in Holyoke, is taking over from last year's honorary commander, Bud Shuback, president of the Galaxy Community Council.

After nearly 28 years as president and chief executive officer of Holyoke Medical Center and its affiliates, Porten stepped down last summer.

Mr. Porten's educational background includes a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Illinois, a master's of business administration in finance and management from DePaul University and a post-master's degree in health-care administration from George Washington University.
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Westover’s Patriot Magazine: March edition online!

This post was originally published by Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass - Westover Headlines

February 20, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The March 2014 edition of the Patriot magazine is online and ready to view! Click HERE !

This edition includes:

·CMSgt. Thorpe's editorial: "Farewell to the Patriot Wing"

·Patriot Wing commander pins on first star

·Report: more reservists, no AFRC headquarters

·Denton mission sends Westover C-5 on delivery to Nicaragua
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DoD anti-tobacco video contest now open for voting

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

The Air Force community is encouraged to kick off 2014 by voting for the best anti-tobacco video in the Department of Defense-sponsored Fight the Enemy contest which begins now until March 14, 2014 through online voting.

Five finalists have been selected for public voting, including two Air Force entrants. The contest videos capture the theme of tobacco use as the "enemy" that degrades health, fitness, work productivity, and mission performance.
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1st Quarter Wing Award Winners-2014

This post was originally published by Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass - Westover Headlines

February 18, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

Congratulations 1st Quarter Wing Award Winners-2014

Airman - SrA Ryan J. Manning, 337 AS

NCO - SSgt Anny Sonenarong, 439 ASTS...

SNCO - MSgt Amelia M. O'Brien, 439 ASTS

CGO - Capt Michele L. LaFoe, 439 ASTS

Civ - Ms. Karen L. Watts, 439 MSG

Civ Sup - Mr. Christopher P. Harry, 42 APS

LEADERS IN EXCELLENCE!

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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Feb. 14

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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


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IDS programs assist Airmen with force management uncertainty

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

An Integrated Delivery System initiative to assist personnel, supervisors and families cope effectively with the challenges of voluntary and involuntary Force Management programs has recently been unveiled by the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

This IDS project is a result of the Air Force announcement in December that several force management programs have been initiated to reduce the force by thousands of Airmen over the next five years as a result of sequestration. Leaders released the plan early so that Airmen have the necessary time to consider their career options.
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Military Saves Week scheduled Feb. 24-March 1

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

As part of Military Saves Week 2014, scheduled Feb. 24 through March 1, organizers are encouraging the community to spread the savings message by participating in the week-long events planned.

Organizers also encourage the community to recommit to saving by completing the Military Saves Week pledge.

The Department of Defense Financial Readiness Campaign partnered with Military Saves to create Military Saves Week in 2007 to motivate servicemembers and their families to improve their financial situations. To date, more than 128,000 individuals have taken the Saver Pledge, a commitment to begin the journey toward financial freedom.
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MWD served with distinction

This post was originally published by Hanscom Air Force Base - Hanscom Headlines

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

The 66th Security Forces Squadron lost a valued member last month when Military Working Dog Mix was euthanized Jan. 9 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Born in October 2005, Mix graduated from the Explosive Detection and Patrol Training course in June 2006. He was then assigned to Hanscom Air Force Base where he provided security forces with critical explosive detection and law enforcement capabilities - most notably during deployments.

"During a deployment in 2012, Mix helped discover a suspected bomb-making cache in Kuwait that helped maintain installations security," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Koski, 66th Security Forces Squadron, Mix's Military Working Dog Handler during that deployment. "In addition, Mix has supported more than 150 Secret Service missions that provided protection to the President of the United States and other senior government officials for more than eight years."
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