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Air Force Band visits Hanscom area

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


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Chief of Naval Operations speaks at veterans lunch

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November 6, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Cradles to crayons drive underway

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November 6, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

As colder temperatures move into the Northeast, it may be hard to imagine that some children will go without proper clothing or younger children without diapers during winter months.

Seeing a need to help the community by collecting diapers, Staff Sgt. Paine Belin, a 66th Medical Squadron pharmacy technician, is leading a local drive, which runs through Dec. 1, for a non-profit organization called Cradles to Crayons.

According to their website, Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school and at play.
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Hanscom key to Air Force cyber weapons

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

With cyberspace unfolding as the newest frontier for battle, the U.S. needs weapon systems geared for that fight, and Hanscom AFB is leading the way.

In 2013 the Air Force Chief of Staff designated six of the service's cyber capabilities as weapon systems. While not your typical air or ground weaponry, these cyber defenses span the globe and make up the Air Force's Information Network infrastructure as well as its operating and defense platforms.

All six of the weapon systems are managed by the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate at Hanscom, with three of the program offices located in San Antonio, Texas, and the others here on base.
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Air Force Aid Society grants, scholarships available

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

The Air Force Aid Society is accepting applications for education grants and scholarships. The single online application opens the door to three education programs.

General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant - the centerpiece and gateway to all of the AFAS education programs. It offers need-based grants of at least $2,000 to dependent children of active, retired and deceased Air Force members. Active duty includes Title 10 Reserve on extended active duty and Title 32 Guard performing full-time active duty. Spouses of active-duty members and surviving spouses of active or retired members are also eligible. All applicants must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at an accredited college or university during the 2015-2016 academic year, and are required to maintain a minimum 2.0 grade-point average.
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Members of Hanscom’s directorates honored at LCMC Acquisition Management Awards

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

Members of the Battle Management and C3I and Networks Directorates were winners at the second annual Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Acquisition Management Awards Oct. 29.

These awards recognize and honor individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence in managing acquisition and test programs.

Acquisition Excellence and Program Execution Directorate Director John Artuso, host of the event which connected LCMC sites via VTC, said he was impressed with the workforce and thanked them for their efforts.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Nov. 5

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


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Bedford High impact aid surveys due now

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

Bedford High School recently sent parents the 2014-2015 "First Count" Federal Impact Aid Survey for federally connected students. This survey is for both military and Department of Defense civilian families with children in local school districts.

By completing this form, parents can make a difference to their child's education, said Laurel Wironen, Hanscom's school liaison specialist.

The "First Count" is a form that parents and guardians are asked to complete for each child that is enrolled in the Bedford School District. These forms are then used to determine Bedford's eligibility and funding through the Impact Aid Program. The information provided on the form is confidential and will be available only to school and federal officials.
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Air Force seeks 2015 First Sergeant of the Year nominees

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November 4, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Air Force officials are soliciting nominations for the 2015 First Sergeant of the Year award.

The award recognizes the important contributions and leadership qualities exhibited by Air Force members in the first sergeant special duty career field.

Nominations must include examples of leadership and job performance in the nominee's primary duty, significant self-improvement, and base or community involvement accomplished between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. Nominees must have served as a first sergeant for at least six months during the award period.
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Westover pumped $221M into local economy in fiscal 2014

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November 3, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The 439th Airlift Wing poured nearly $221 million into the community in fiscal year 2014, representing a decrease of $4 million over last year, and a two-year decrease of $17 million.

Military pay last year decreased $16.3 million, due in large part to a decrease in reserve funding, according to Dan McCarthy, Westover cost and management analyst.  For fiscal year 2013, military pay increased $3.8 million, but overall military and civilian payroll decreased $3.3 million, due to furlough days plus a decrease in the number of assigned civilians, McCarthy said. 
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Enlisted promotion system changes continue with weighted factor adjustments

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

This January, changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) will continue with adjustments to the scoring model for promotions to technical sergeant and below, all designed to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion.

The current WAPS enlisted performance report calculation model for technical sergeant and below uses the last five years of enlisted performance reports (up to 10 EPRs total) with a maximum value of 135 points. The revised system places increased emphasis on job performance, specifically relative to recent performance.
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AF to implement DOD TDY policy changes

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

The Defense Department recently implemented two TDY policy changes impacting travel reimbursements for Airmen.

The first change took effect Oct. 1, and made changes to the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR), Reimbursable and Incidental Expense Policy. The second will be a change in long-term TDY per diem expenses and takes effect Nov. 1.

Referencing the new policy for incidental expenses, contiguous U.S. (CONUS) laundry expenses, tips to baggage handlers by uniformed members and ATM fees are among those now considered part of the incidental expense portion of per diem, thus they are no longer reimbursable as separate miscellaneous expenses. These expenses will now be added to the current list which includes such items as tips to porters, baggage carriers, bellhops, hotel maids, stewards and stewardesses.
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Oct. 29

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October 29, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Hanscom team protects vital assets

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October 29, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Force Protection Division here recently awarded a delivery order for a nuclear weapons storage area effort. This $17.5 million order will ensure the safety of weapons stored at Whiteman AFB, Mo.

According to program officials, the order is considered a "refresh" and involves replacing command and control hardware, area lighting, surveillance and assessment cameras along with other security system components.

"Our program goal is to aid our Airmen in their mission by providing them the best possible security systems designed to deter and, if necessary, thwart unauthorized access to the storage area," said Meghan Rosso, project lead.
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DRAGON flys ahead

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October 29, 2014 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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