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Wing honors quarterly winners

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

December 10, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The following Patriot Wing members are the quarterly award winners for the fourth quarter: Airman: SrA. Janet Izquierdo, 439th Force Support Squadron; NCO: TSgt. Kayla Grenier, 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron; SNCO: MSgt. Kara Stackpole, ASTS; CGO: Capt. Ryan McKenna, 42nd Aerial Port Squadron; Civilian: Michael Hobbs, 439th Security Forces Squadron; Civilian Supervisor: Kimberly Spencer-Sutton.
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Key facility to get upgrades, along with new name and mission

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

December 10, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The U.S. Air Force, in concert with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this week marked the official re-branding of a facility both parties hope will enable leading-edge advances in defense applications, cyber defense and public safety.

The on-base facility, formerly known in acronym form as the CEIF (pronounced Seef), has been renamed the Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center.

"We picked the new name because that's exactly what we hope to achieve going forward," said Dr. Tim Rudolph, chief technology officer for the Air Force's Life Cycle Management Center, key elements of which are headquartered at Hanscom. "We intend to use this facility to advance our connectivity with the vast array of local and regional intellectual capital inherent in Massachusetts. This will allow us to better meet critical Air Force mission objectives and, hopefully, in turn allow other parties to better achieve their own vital objectives."
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Center commander to present State of LCMC in January

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

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

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, will deliver his first State of LCMC address at a luncheon Jan. 15 at 11:30 a.m.

Sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the event will be held at the Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel, 44 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, Mass.

Admission will be by ticket only and attendance is open to everyone. Ticket cost for military members at the rank of 0-4 and above and government civilians GS-13 and above is $25. The cost is $20 for military members at the rank of 0-3 and below and government civilians GS-12s and below. For industry who are AFCEA members the cost is $55, and for non-members $75. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Jan. 9. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Dec. 2

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

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


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New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

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

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

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said today.

According to a Defense Department news release published today, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the change in DoD's Financial Management Regulation will prohibit service members from allotting pay to buy, lease or rent personal property, a senior DoD official said.

Improving Protection for Service Members
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AFMC encourages workforce to stay safe and drive sober for the holidays

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

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

Drinking and driving shatters lives. The nightmare can start with a phone call from law enforcement informing you that a family member has been involved in an alcohol-related accident.

"Drunk driving is 100% preventable and avoidable," said Steve Callon, AFMC Drug Demand Reduction Manager. "Planning ahead to have a designated sober driver is the best way to avoid a DUI or drunk driving crash."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2012. Those alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 31 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States during that year.
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SrA and below EPR static closeout date to be March 31

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

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

Enlisted evaluation and promotion changes, announced in July, continue with establishment of a March 31 enlisted performance report static closeout date (SCOD) for Regular Air Force (RegAF) senior airmen and below, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Dec. 5.

Additionally, change of reporting official evaluations (CRO) have been eliminated for RegAF senior airmen and below, effective Dec. 2, 2014.

Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System changes continue to be implemented in stages over the next 16 months for RegAF Airmen, and over the next 28 months for Air Reserve Component (Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard) Airmen. The changes focus on ensuring job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion.
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Hanscom hosts recognition for local Medal of Honor recipient

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

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


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Resiliency in numbers

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

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

Most Airmen have probably heard the expression "there's strength in numbers." Most Airmen have also probably heard of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness. When it comes to building resiliency, the two are not unrelated.

The four domains of comprehensive fitness are mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness, which enhance resilience in individuals, families and communities.

In the social domain, "strength in numbers" is an underlying theme. According to the Air Force's CAF program, it's important to develop and maintain trusted, valued friendships that are personally fulfilling and foster good communication, including the exchange of ideas, views and experiences.
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Tool to safeguard PII scheduled for AF-wide December rollout

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

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

The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool is scheduled for Air Force-wide integration Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook email users with an interactive, automated virtual assistant to help ensure the security of personally identifiable information.

"I can't overstate the operational importance of preventing PII breaches," said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, the commander of 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber. "It's not an IT problem, it's a total-force problem, and DSET is an effective tool the total force can use, right now, to help reduce inadvertent PII breaches."
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Warfighters reap benefits as critical upgrades continue

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

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

The Airborne Warning and Control System 40/45 program office is delivering, and potentially accelerating, critical upgrades to the service's primary airborne early warning and control platform.

Replacing the mission computing system and software originally installed in the 1970s, the new capability will enhance tracking and combat identification capabilities in addition to providing operators with a better picture of the battlespace, said 1st Lt. Evan Porter, Block 40/45 production lead.
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School communication and cancellation procedures

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

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

The winter months bring harsh weather to Hanscom and at times inclement weather results in school closings and delays. The following information will help Hanscom families know what to do if Hanscom or Bedford schools are closed or delayed.

Hanscom Primary, Hanscom Middle and Bedford High School have systems in place to notify parents of early dismissals, delayed openings and school closures. During snow emergencies, parents are asked not to call the school to check on cancellations unless absolutely necessary. It's imperative the phone lines are open for emergency communications.
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Users can soon solve own computer problems

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

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

Beginning the first week in December at Hanscom, and across other Air Force Materiel Command bases, a new desktop icon will appear on computers that will allow users to immediately tackle and fix minor IT issues.

The Virtual Enterprise Service Desk, or vESD, is a client-based application that allows the user to solve common issues and self-initiate trouble tickets for email, desktop, laptop and mobile devices. It allows for status checks of any current trouble ticket, feedback submission and provides further contact information for more help. The application will eventually include network, software, hardware and other user account capabilities.
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AFLCMC-Hanscom December promotions

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

November 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 in December.

Congratulations to the following December promotees:

Enlisted Promotions

To the rank of Airman 1st Class
Bryan A. Thomas, C3I and Networks Directorate

To the rank of Senior Airman
Zachary A. Woodward, Joint Personal Property Shipping Office
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Nov. 26

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

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


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