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Pulse on AF force management July 7

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

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

Featured in this force management update are details regarding civilian force management program expansions and ongoing officer early retirement and enlisted retention boards.

Civilian force management - voluntary early retirement authority (VERA) /voluntary separation incentive pay (VSIP)
The Air Force Personnel Center recently concluded the survey period for VERA/VSIP round 3, in which 29 installations participated, with 248 employees applying for VERA/VSIP. Of those applications, 91 applications were viable based on the criteria that VSIP can only be approved if the loss will prevent an involuntary separation within their competitive area.
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Airmen encouraged to review emergency contact information

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

July 7, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

When Airmen go through major changes in their life, such as marriage, a permanent change of station, or having a child, one of the first things that should come to mind is, "I have to update my virtual Record of Emergency Data!"

While this is not always the case, it is imperative Airmen update their emergency data when major changes occur and at least annually to ensure their family is taken care of during a time of crisis.

The DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data, is the official source document required by law for Airmen to provide emergency contact information and beneficiary designations to the Air Force in the event an Airman becomes a casualty. The virtual Record of Emergency Data, accessible through the virtual Military Personnel Flight, satisfies that requirement.
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Commander’s Call, July 12

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

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

Three separate Commander's Calls will be held July 12 in a town hall setting at the Westover Conference Center.

Enlisted, A-L: 8:30 a.m.

Enlisted, M-Z: 10:30 a.m.

Officers: 3 p.m.

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Seabees to move

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

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

Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-27, the Naval Reserve Seabees, are moving from Westover to their new home in Gulfport, Miss., in October. The Seabees have been assigned to Westover since 2010, and originally came from Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine.
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Official emphasizes early action for timely voting

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

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

Service members, their families and U.S. citizens overseas away from their home voting locations should register early to ensure receipt of voting materials, the Defense Department's top voting official said.

During a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Matt Boehmer, director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program, discussed a myriad of voting-related topics designed to assist DOD voters.

"The Federal Voting Assistance Program, or FVAP, is a program in the Department of Defense that helps ensure military members, their families, and U.S. citizens living overseas are aware of their right to vote, and have the tools and resources to do that," he said. "What we're telling military members and their families is to get started. You need to register early."
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U.S. Rep. Tsongas encourages communication

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

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

U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas highlighted the role industry can play in communicating information during a presentation to the Hanscom Representatives Association meeting at the Minuteman Commons June 27.

HRA provides an opportunity for interaction between Hanscom's acquisition community and current and potential industry members.

During the meeting, Tsongas said she's an advocate for Hanscom AFB and other military installations in the area, and has invited senior leaders, such as the Air Force chief of staff to visit; however, she thinks industry has an important role to play too. She encouraged industry partners to share their experiences.
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AF to every Airman: Tell us your story

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

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

Air Force leaders want Airmen to share their stories with the world and designed the 2014 American Airman Video Contest with that purpose in mind.

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

The contest, which begins July 1, asks Airmen to shoot a selfie video where they share individual stories of service and showcase the unique missions they do every day.
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CMSAF stresses total-force unity

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

June 30, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

There is no distinction among Airmen within the Air Force components when it comes to how they perform their jobs, how they live up to standards and how they embrace the service's core values, said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody during a visit here June 24-25.

"Robins (AFB) is a great example of our Air Force," he said during an enlisted call. "I'm looking out at all of you, and you represent the United States Air Force. We have four distinct components -- active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian employees. Together they make up our United States Air Force."
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U.S. Rep. Tsongas addresses HRA

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

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


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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, June 27

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

June 26, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Air Force releases Morale, Welfare, Recreation survey

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

June 26, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Ever feel like you had the perfect idea for a new activity at your base but were not sure who to tell? Now is the perfect time to be heard.

The Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services recently began sending recreational leisure surveys to Airmen located within the continental United States June 19.

The survey results will be used to identify new opportunities to meet recreational interests and how Services can deliver programs to meet changing needs, with more emphasis on providing the right programs to the right people.
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AFMC senior IMA speaks about “Yesterday’s Struggle, Today’s Heritage”

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

June 26, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Major Gen. Patricia Rose, Air Force Materiel Command's senior individual mobilization augmentee, was the guest speaker at the first-ever Hanscom Pride Month luncheon at the Minuteman Commons June 25. Her theme was, "Yesterday's Struggle, Today's Heritage."

Inspired to provide meaningful comments to all in the audience, Rose, however, wanted to speak to those who no longer have to live under Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She spoke of a gay friend who left the Air Force some time ago.

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Departing commander reflects back on tenure

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

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

When Col. Lester A. Weilacher assumed command of the 66th Air Base Group he knew the challenge that lay ahead was significant: Hanscom was on the dawn of a major transition from the former Electronic Systems Center to the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.

Today as he reflects on his tenure as the installation commander, Weilacher said he's not at all surprised by the results from that challenge and the many others.

"It's been a very busy two years for sure," said Weilacher during an interview in his now empty office. "The opportunity to lead this incredibly capable team over the past two years has been the highlight of my career."
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Hanscom command chief sets the tone

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

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

Command Chief Master Sgt. Craig A. Poling held an enlisted all-call at the base theater June 24 where a broad range of topics were discussed.

Professional development was one of the chief's topics he discussed. Poling noted although there were a significant number of requests for more professional development opportunities, the attendance was not reflective of that desire. During the most recent Top 3 professional development seminar, only five people were in attendance.

"What you need to do is bring Airmen with you if you are a senior NCO in the Top 3," said Poling. "If you are a Top 3 member and you feel you don't need professional development from another Top 3 member, you are wrong."
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Heritage of Freedom features former fighter pilot

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

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

A former F-4 Phantom and F-15 Strike Eagle fighter pilot is the scheduled guest speaker during the next Heritage of Freedom event at the Hanscom Conference Center July 17 at 2:30 p.m.

Retired Air Force Col. Kris Mineau is one of the few pilots in the world to have survived a supersonic ejection, from which he sustained massive injuries requiring numerous surgeries during a six-year recovery.

Mineau flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam in the 1960s. After his in-flight ejection from an F-4 in 1969, and subsequent recovery, Mineau went on to fly F-15s until 1984.
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