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Emissions program eCARS begins Sept. 12

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

September 9, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Service members and Defense Department civilian employees who drive their personally-owned vehicle on base more than 60 times each year must begin participating in the Air Force Vehicle Self-Certification Program beginning this month.

As all federal installations need to comply with the Clean Air Act, the program requires employees to comply with the statute that regulates emissions from POVs driven on federal installations.

"For many living in New England, the process will be simple," said Robert Spelfogel, 66th Air Base Group Air Quality Program manager. "Employees who drive POVs on base which already meet Massachusetts emission standards, will only need to complete the self-certification annually."
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Air Force revamps AEF

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

September 9, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

 The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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Air Force revamps AEF

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

September 9, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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Hanscom community invited to Bedford Day Sept. 20

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

September 9, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The town of Bedford invites the Hanscom community to join them Sept. 20 in celebration of the 285th anniversary of its incorporation.

The Bedford Day celebration will begin with a parade at 10:30 a.m. that proceeds up Great Road from Loomis Street toward Bedford High School on Mudge Way.
 
Following the parade, the annual Bedford Day Fair will be held from approximately 11:15 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Town Hall complex. It will feature a "food row" with a wide variety of options and more than 150 booths featuring local groups and businesses.
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Patriot Wing’s new commander: ‘Do the right thing, and do it right every time’

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

September 9, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

"I know there are questions out there about who I am and what I expect," said Col. Albert Lupenski, the 439th Airlift Wing's newest commander. "I have only one expectation: Do the right thing, and do it right every time."

Col. Lupenski's debut followed the Sept. 7 change of command, one of the military's most well-known traditions. To recognize the significance of this event, 750 Westover Airmen lined up in mass formation in the Base Hangar as the top leadership post of the Patriot Wing changed hands.
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Westover’s new commander wows Patriot Wing

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

September 8, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

On a sunny September drill weekend, the Airmen were formed in an expansive, neat troop mass that filled the Base Hangar -- only representing a fraction of the strength of Westover Air Reserve Base.

Family and friends of service members watched from rows of chairs as the outgoing commander reminded the Patriot Wing of who they were in his eyes.

"Who's the greatest wing in the Air Force?" Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain shouted into the microphone before releasing command of the wing he served for more than three years.
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Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

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

September 8, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said recently.

Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, said DOD will broaden suicide prevention programs and resources to increase awareness, prevention and understanding across the force.
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Four officer AFSCs by year group will not meet October RIF board

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

September 8, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Line of the Air Force officers in four Air Force specialty codes by year group are no longer scheduled to meet the fiscal year 2015 Force Management Reduction in Force board slated for Oct. 1, 2014.

Updated matrices have been posted to the myPers website. AFSCs by year group that will not meet the board include 2002 21R Logistics Readiness and 65F Financial Management, and 2007 61B Behavioral Science/Human Factors Scientist and 61D Physicist/Nuclear Engineer.
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CIPP: AFPC hosts Facebook live chat Sept. 9

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

September 8, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force Personnel Center will host a Facebook live chat Sept. 9 from 9 to 10 a.m. central time to answer questions about the Career Intermission Pilot Program, officials said today.

Approved in the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act, the program allows selected high-performing active duty and career status active Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve members to take one, two or three years of partially-paid time out of uniform and seamlessly return to their military role.
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AFOSI agent wins WIFLE award

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

September 5, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The commander of the Hanscom-based Office of Special Investigations Detachment 102 was honored in Washington D.C. late last month for, among other things, tackling the particularly insidious threat of green-on-blue attacks in Afghanistan.

Green-on-blue attacks refer to incidents where members of the Afghan military or police force turn on their U.S. or coalition counterparts inside the wire. The results are often mass casualties, broken trust and reduced public confidence in both Afghanistan and the United States.
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James Street Gate to Close

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

September 4, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The James Street Gate is scheduled to be CLOSED Sept. 8 for renovations.

The renovations, which will include a re-design of the gate, are slated to be completed by the beginning of next summer.

The base's main gate on Westover Road remains the primary way for access to the base. That gate is open 24 hours per day.

The McMillan Gate, located past Training Avenue and nearest to Granby, will be open during this time. Gate hours will be published as soon as they are determined.
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Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign

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

September 3, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities.

While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone's 24/7, 365-day responsibility to be a true Wingman. That means knowing our fellow Airmen, family members, coworkers and what is happening in their lives, as well as being willing and able to support them when they are facing challenges that test their resilience.
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Be disaster aware, take action to prepare

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

September 3, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by John Burt

Devastating earthquakes, floods, wildfires and tornadoes never announce a time or place - that's why it's important to be prepared! Air Force Emergency Management is using National Preparedness Month this September to encourage Airmen and their families to "Be Ready!"

National Preparedness Month is an annual campaign started by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security in the year following 9/11. The goals are to raise awareness of the importance of personal preparedness and to increase the number of people who are prepared for emergencies. This year's theme is "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."
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Office of Personnel Management announces eOPF upgrades

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

September 3, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Office of Personnel Management has announced recent upgrades to their electronic personnel filing system to provide smarter and more efficient service to employees.

The OPM eOPF is a secure electronic personnel folder which provides civilian employees virtual access to their personnel records. This includes notifications of personnel actions and benefit election documentation such as Thrift Saving Plan contributions, life insurance, and health benefits.

"This upgrade provides substantially improved navigation, "said Chuck Zedek, Air Force Personnel Center eOPF project manager. "Employees who have not done so should set up an eOPF account and review their records to ensure they are correct and up-to-date."
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Sept. 3

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September 3, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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