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Strategic agility is the future of the Air Force

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

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

As the Air Force prepares for new challenges and opportunities of the coming decades, it faces sobering 21st-century realities: global centers of power have become more distributed and the terrorism threat more dispersed. Most importantly, the emerging environment is demonstrating a trend that could prove to be the defining one of current times: the accelerating pace of change.

Thus, the Air Force's ability to continue to adapt and respond faster than the potential adversaries is the greatest challenge it faces during the next 30 years.
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Vehicle excise tax, servicemember exemptions

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

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

Under Massachusetts law, all residents of the Commonwealth who own and register a motor vehicle must pay an annual motor vehicle excise tax, levied by the city or town in which the vehicle is principally garaged.

Massachusetts law provides for service-related exemptions for vehicles owned by disabled veterans and former prisoners of war, as well as their surviving spouses, until that spouse remarries.

Under the Soldier and Sailors Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, and as incorporated into Massachusetts law, the exemption is also available to military members who are domiciled outside of Massachusetts, but who reside and register personal (non-business) auto vehicles in Massachusetts pursuant to military orders.
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COMACC meets with Hanscom acquisition members, industry

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

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


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Feds Feed Families food drive underway

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

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

This summer Hanscom volunteers are again collecting non-perishable food items to support the Greater Boston Food Bank as part of the annual "Feds Feed Families" food drive that runs through Aug. 27.

The drive, which officially began June 1, will collect non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

"Members of the base community can voluntarily drop off non-perishable food items to collection boxes with the 'Feds Feed Families' logo located in several buildings throughout Hanscom," said Charleen Laughlin, Hanscom "Feds Feed Families" co-chair. "Boxes can be found in the lobbies of the Brown Building, chapel, commissary as well as Buildings 1612, 1614, 1624, MITRE and others."
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AFMC recognizes fourth quarter “Graduates”

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

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

Congratulations to the following members of Team Hanscom on completing a degree or certificate program during the second quarter of 2014.

Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.
Staff Sgt. Francisco Amador Montes, 66th Force Support Squadron
Master Sgt. Kevin Connors, 66th Force Support Squadron
Staff Sgt. Jesse Scego, 66th Security Forces Squadron
Senior Airman Talieson Solmon, 66th Security Forces Squadron
Tech. Sgt. Timothy Thomas, 66th Logistics Readiness Squadron
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Hanscom Heroes Homecoming

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


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Medical appointment reminders available via text, email

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

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

Have you or your family members ever missed a medical appointment at the 66th Medical Squadron clinic? Would a text-message or email reminder have helped? If you answered yes to either of these questions, we have a solution.

TRICARE Online, or TOL, which allows beneficiaries the ability to schedule, cancel and view appointments from any computer via the internet, now offers beneficiaries the ability to receive appointment reminders via or text or email.

Through recent upgrades, access to TOL has been simplified from six login steps to two, and the unique 15-digit password has been eliminated. Eligible beneficiaries can now login using a password, their Common Access Card, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, or DFAS, myPay login or premium Defense Department self-service login account. Once logged in, users have the option to designate up to three email addresses and mobile phone numbers to receive appointment reminders for primary care and self-refer
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Theater Battle Control Division Industry Day highlights new contract approach, MCS first delivery order

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

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

The Theater Battle Control Division hosted an Industry Day event at Hanscom July 8-10 where officials discussed a unique contract approach and fostered collaboration with the small business community.

The first topic centered on the Platform Engineering and Integration for Tactical and Strategic Systems, also known as PEITSS -- a multi-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract designed to integrate and field cross-cutting battle management capabilities in programs across the directorate.
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66th ABG recognizes quarterly award winners

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

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

66th Air Base Group officials announced the group's top enlisted, officers and civilians during a 2nd Quarter Awards Ceremony held at the Brown Building July 18.

Congratulations to the following winners in each category.

Airmen of the Quarter: Senior Airman Lauren E. Parsons, 66 CPTS

NCO of the Quarter: Staff Sgt. Kurt E. Nick, 66 MDS

Senior NCO of the Quarter: Master Sgt. Jocelyn E. Foo, 66 CPTS

Company Grade Officer of the Quarter: Capt. Joy T. Lawal, 66 ABG/EO
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Hanscom personnel honored at AFCEA International Conference

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

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

Two Hanscom members were honored at an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association international conference held in Baltimore, Md. last month.

Scott Hardiman, Space, Aerial and Nuclear Networks Division deputy chief received the AFCEA Leadership Award. Diane James-Poole, an acquisition specialist for the C3I Infrastructure Division received the AFCEA Meritorious Service Award.

Hardiman received the award in recognition of his work to improve the local AFCEA chapter's partnership between industry, government and AFLCMC.
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Critical force-protection system completed ahead of time, under budget

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

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

A system managed here that helps protect warfighters in the Air Forces Africa Command's area of responsibility was recently turned over to the users after being completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

The Tactical Automated Security System, or TASS, is an intrusion detection system, or IDS, which uses a variety of imagery systems to help ensure safety and security by providing improved situation awareness. Following an urgent request in January 2014 from the 17th Air Expeditionary Forces commander to support service members deployed to imminent danger areas, the Force Protection team swiftly developed and implemented a plan to meet that expeditionary need through rapid acquisition, deployment and installation of the TASS IDS.
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Air Force Reserve Command headquarters to offer early retirement, separation incentives

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

July 22, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

The Air Force Reserve Command headquarters will participate in voluntary programs for force management announced by Air Force officials in Washington earlier today.

This follows the recent Air Force announcement on headquarters organization and staffing reductions. Those changes are designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies while also satisfying previous Secretary of Defense direction to reduce management headquarters costs and staff levels by 20 percent.
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JPPSO passes along summer moving tips

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

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

With the busy summer moving season in progress, the Joint Personal Property Shipping Office would like to pass on some key moving tips to the base community.

The Defense Personal Property System, or DPS, provides direct and empowered communications between the servicemember and the Transportation Service Provider.

DPS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year from any location with internet access.

A DPS account must be established to process and manage a shipment application, delivery request, file a claim and complete the customer satisfaction survey. Users may go to the www.move.mil website, once there access the DPS Login/Registration Process tab at the top of the page to create an account.
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Westover Reservist brings cheer to Kabul orphanage

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

July 21, 2014 in Massachusetts, Westover Air Reserves Base by clevine

Lt. Col. James Bishop is deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan. He is Chief of Public Affairs at Westover Air Reserve Base.

Three military vehicles rolled out of the International Security Assistance Forces compound on Friday, packed with more than 800 pounds of clothing, toys, and school supplies for Afghan children. And stuffed in the pockets of several ISAF troops were lollipops for the children.

The humanitarian items will be shared by PARSA, an organization serving the disadvantaged in Afghanistan through a wide range of programs, and Shamsa Village, an orphanage housing 52 children in a residential setting.
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AtHoc, ‘Giant Voice’ alert personnel to critical information

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

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

AtHoc, an interactive warning system used by government agencies and other civilian companies, allows Hanscom senior leaders to inform base personnel of urgent weather-related information, base closures or delayed openings via phone call, text message or email. These capabilities are offered through the same mass alert system that provides pop-up notifications to personnel through individual computer workstations.

Hanscom officials encourage personnel to utilize this notification capability and note that people can update their information in the AtHoc system by providing home, cell phone and emergency contact numbers and email addresses, according to their communication preferences. These individuals will then be notified when an extreme weather event or other necessary mass notification is necessary.
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