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Patriot Magazine: October edition online!

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

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

The October 2014 edition of the Patriot magazine is online and ready to view! CLICK HERE!

This edition includes:

·Col. Lupenski's editorial: "Do it right every time"

·Westover's New Commander Wows Patriot Wing

·Air Force Reserve adapts to new Air Expeditionary Force construct

·PATRIOT EXPRESSion of Teamwork

·Grandfather, grandson share 337th lineage
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Acquisition strategy to improve stakeholder relationships, transparency

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

September 24, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition outlined the Air Force procurement priorities at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exhibition here Sept. 16.

In his first address to AFA as assistant secretary, Dr. William A. LaPlante said his aim is to improve upon the services' track record by building stakeholder relationships and transparency.

"The strategy of Air Force acquisition is really the 'what' we want to do ... We want to have a good, effective acquisition process that delivers to the warfighter capabilities that will be with them for years to come and are sustainable and economical," he said.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Sept. 24

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September 24, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Phased rollout to improve enlisted evaluation system

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

September 24, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force chief of enlisted force policy outlined the implementation of the new enlisted evaluation and promotion systems at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here Sept. 17.

Developed in 1968, and implemented two years later, the existing Weighted Airman Promotion System has been in use for nearly 45 years without any significant changes, said Chief Master Sgt. Brandy Petzel.

"We are a force that thrives on innovation," she said. "We have made amazing strides (in technology and aircraft development) ... (now) our enlisted force deserves a (new) generation promotion and evaluation system -- because we're a completely different force than we were in 1970 when we were over a million strong."
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AF officials respond to off base sewage leak

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

September 23, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force is responding to a sewage leak adjacent to Hartwell Avenue in Lexington.  The source of the sewage appears to be an Air Force-owned pressurized pipe, referred to as a force main, which has now been deactivated. 

Contractors hired by the Air Force will be hauling sewage from Hanscom Air Force Base while officials investigate the leak and while any required repairs to the force main are made.

The Air Force is also postured to perform necessary cleanup and disinfection.
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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day planned

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

September 23, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The 66th Security Forces Squadron and Drug Enforcement Administration will provide Hanscom personnel an opportunity Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by providing a turn in collection point on base.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is scheduled to occur at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service lobby and will provide a safe and secure venue for anyone who would like to dispose unwanted, unused or expired prescription medication. DEA cannot accept liquids or needles.
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Counter-IED Branch receives top AFA award

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

September 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A team of Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Branch members from Hanscom will take center stage and receive one of the Air Force Association's top honors during the 2014 Air and Space Conference Award Ceremony in National Harbor, Md., Sept 15.

The 12-member C-IED program office, a unit within the Life Cycle Management Center's Force Protection Division, was named the winner of the Theodore von Karman Award - an honor given to those who have made significant contributions to national defense in the field of science and engineering.
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Combating insider threat through the Continuing Evaluation Program

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

September 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

What do the Navy Yard shooting by Aaron Alexis, the Fort Hood shooting by Nidal Hasan and the thefts and unauthorized release of classified material by Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden all have in common? 

According to after-action and investigation reports, all of the personnel exhibited signs of reportable behaviors which, left untreated, produced devastating results.

As a reminder, DoD and AF supervisors and co-workers are obligated to report problems or changes in an individual's status or behavior under the DoD 5200.2-R, DoD Personnel Security Program, Continuing Evaluation Program.
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Continuous improvement central to Better Buying Power 3.0

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

September 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics released a draft of the third iteration of the Pentagon's Better Buying Power initiative Sept. 19, noting that it emphasizes innovation and technical excellence while remaining focused on continual improvement.

The final version is expected to be released in January, Frank Kendall said during a presentation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

At their hearts, each Better Buying Power version has been based on the principle of evolutionary change, he said. "It isn't about throwing out one set of ideas and completely replacing them with another set," the undersecretary noted.
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Roll Call: The Evolution of PME

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

September 22, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force senior enlisted Airman released the latest installment of Roll Call, outlining the way forward for enlisted professional military education.

"The science of education is changing before our eyes," said Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody. "The blended learning approach - combining distance and in-residence learning - takes advantage of technologies to deliver the highest quality education."

The Air Force Senior NCO Academy adopted the blended learning approach earlier this year, and the NCO academy will transition to the blended approach during the coming year.
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1,482 Airmen still missing: POW/MIA Recognition Day set for Sept. 19

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

September 18, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Nearly 1500 Airmen are still missing and unaccounted for from various conflicts. There are more than 83,000 Americans still unaccounted for across the Department of Defense.

Every year the nation pauses on the third Friday of September to remember the sacrifices and service of prisoners of war, members still missing in action and their families. This year the observance falls on Sept. 19.

In the months leading up to National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day, various active duty and veterans groups, state and local government agencies, and private organizations throughout the country prepare for POW/MIA Day ceremonies.
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AF to change instructions for oaths

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

September 18, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words "So help me God" from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses.

In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from the Department of Defense General Counsel addressing the legal parameters of the oath. The resulting opinion concluded that an individual may strike or omit the words "So help me God" from an enlistment or appointment oath if preferred.
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Westover Releases October Promotions

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

September 17, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

Congratulations to the following Westover reservists on their new ranks:

Master Sgt.:

David Gilles
Jeremy Laplante
Jonathan Menard
Marc Omerzu
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Technical Sgt.:

Christopher Crawford
Michael Gagliano
Jose Isales
Julian Molina
John Rosado-Rosario
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Staff Sgt.:
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Top Airman discusses Air Force future

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

September 17, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III spoke about the importance of embracing change and creating an adaptive Air Force at the 2014 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, Sept. 16.

"We need to be bold - we need to be a little fearless right now," he said. "We need to realize that we can spread our wings a little bit and, in fact as a service, I believe we have to."

He explained the Air Force's core missions of air and space superiority; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; rapid global mobility; global strike; and command and control are, and always have been, the constant focus of the Air Force.
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CFC kickoff scheduled

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

September 17, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The 2014 Combined Federal Campaign of Eastern Massachusetts is scheduled to kickoff Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. with an event onboard the U.S.S. Constitution in Charlestown, Mass. The campaign will continue through Nov. 21.

Maj. Adam Davis and his wife, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, are the scheduled guest speakers at the kickoff event and epitomize this year's CFC theme, "Make it Possible." Davis, C3I and Networks Directorate Protected Tactical Services Terminals program manager, and his wife, were seriously injured after a bomb exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.
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