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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

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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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Biomedical sciences education, commissioning program application windows open

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September 2, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Airmen interested in biomedical sciences education, or BSC, or commissioning opportunities may be eligible for one or all of the four Biomedical Sciences Corps programs now accepting applications.

Available BSC programs include the Army Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy Training, the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences PhD Clinical Psychology Training Program, the Interservice Physician Assistant Training Program and the Direct Accession Program.

Eligible active-duty Air Force officers and enlisted members may apply for any of the four programs. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members are eligible to apply for the PhD Clinical Psychology Program at USUHS.
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Photographer, CGOC support ball

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

September 2, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

A private photographer will take full-length photos (at nominal fees) at the 75th Anniversary Military Ball in the Base Hangar Oct. 4. Tickets are still available; please contact your unit's first sergeant for more information.

Westover's Company Grade Officers Council recently raised $700 to sponsor 14 Airmen to attend the ball. All Airmen from the rank of airman basic to senior airman who attend will have their names automatically entered in the raffle. If their name is drawn the night of the ball, they will be awarded $50 to cover the cost of his or her ticket.
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Change of command set for UTA

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

September 2, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The 439th Airlift Wing will hold its change of command at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 in the Base Hangar. Col. Albert Lupenski will take command of the Patriot Wing from Brig. Gen. Steven Vautrain.

The wing reservist formation begins at 9:15 a.m.
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Online risk assessment offers ways to evaluate, improve health

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

September 2, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

How well do you know yourself? Poor health is not always obvious. Even people who appear healthy can be at risk for medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The AFMC Health Risk Assessment, or HRA, is a multi-faceted interactive tool offered online at www.afmcwellness.com.

Below are some frequently asked questions about the HRA.

What is an HRA?
· The HRA is a health questionnaire that you complete on the website www.afmcwellness.com. You answer questions about your health - such as diet, exercise, and stress - and then a wellness profile report is created just for you with ideas for ways to be healthier. The wellness profile is yours to print and keep.
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AFLCMC- Hanscom September promotions

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

August 28, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Officials from the 66th Force Support Squadron recently announced the names of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-Hanscom Airmen scheduled for promotion to the next highest rank this month.

Congratulations to the following September promotees:

Enlisted Promotions

To the rank of Senior Airman
Crystal E. Cardin, 66th Comptroller Squadron
Sabine O. Bien-Aime, 66th Air Base Group
Jude M. Hunsader, 66th Comptroller Squadron
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Aug. 27

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August 27, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Tickets on sale for Combat Dining In

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August 27, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

All active duty, Guard, Reserve and retirees are invited to attend the Team Hanscom Combat Dining In Sept. 26 at the Aero Club Hangar.

During the event, the Aero Club will be draped with camouflage netting, piles of sandbags and more. The event begins with check-in at the hangar entrance at 5 p.m.

"Combat Dining In events are a time-honored military tradition. I hope as many Airmen as possible are able to attend," said Col. Michael A. Vogel, 66th Air Base Group Commander and guest speaker during the event. "Dining Ins provide an atmosphere of camaraderie, esprit de corps and social rapport, Hanscom's Combat Dining In promises this and more."
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Massachusetts at risk for rabies

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

August 27, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Massachusetts is at risk for rabies year round. Rabies is a fairly common viral disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of mammals, including humans, and is spread by an animal bite or scratch.

When left untreated, rabies is almost always fatal, which is why it is important to tell a doctor as soon as possible if bitten or scratched by an animal.

Since visible signs of rabies are not always present, people may be unaware that an animal is carrying the disease.
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Influenza: Prepare for the upcoming season

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

August 27, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The 66th Medical Squadron has not yet received this year's influenza vaccine; however, the Public Health Office would like to remind Airmen that they can still take measures to protect themselves and their families.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Flu season usually begins in October and ends as late as May, with the peak season in January or February.
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