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Nuclear satellite terminal upgrade to begin operational testing

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January 14, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The nuclear satellite communication terminals that connect U.S. leaders to Minuteman combat crews in the event of a nuclear attack are currently undergoing an upgrade and scheduled to begin operational testing this month.

Simply put, the Air Force will be updating its intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, communication systems located in the ICBM Launch Control Centers. This is an effort led by the Minuteman Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network Program Upgrade team, or MMPU for short, at Hanscom AFB, Mass. MMPU will be the first Air Force Advanced Extremely High Frequency terminal fielded in support of the new AEHF satellite architecture.
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Free tax preparation, advice available to military families

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January 13, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

With the new year comes the annual dread of tax-filing season and the confusion and stress that can go along with it, especially for military families whose tax returns can be further complicated by frequent relocations, involvement of rental properties and other aspects of military life.

To ease the burden, the Defense Department, through Military OneSource, is teaming up again this year with H&R Block to offer no-cost tax preparation to the military community with a promise of guaranteed accuracy, a service that otherwise could cost military families hundreds of dollars or more.
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Personnel section limiting appointments starting Jan. 20

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January 13, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Military Personnel Section will have significantly less ID card appointments as a result of a large mass reissue of Common Access Cards on base beginning Jan. 20, 66th Force Support Squadron MPS officials announced this week.

The mass reissue for Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory personnel is expected to impact the number of appointments normally available for military and civilian employees, dependents, retirees, Guard and Reserve personnel through March 15. 
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Jan. 14

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January 13, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Elevated flu activity this season

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January 13, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most effective strategy to prevent influenza is the annual flu vaccination. While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as early as October, influenza activity peaks in January or later. 

Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, it is best that people get vaccinated so they are protected before it begins spreading. 
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Air Force, DoD switch HOMES

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January 13, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Air Force members now have access to HOMES.mil, a new official Defense Department website designed to modernize the way all service members search for housing when relocating.

Effective Dec. 29, 2014, HOMES.mil was launched for public access to provide service members seeking housing at their assigned location, and to landlords, owners and property managers to access for marketing rental properties.
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Focus week set for Jan. 26

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January 12, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The next Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Focus Week is scheduled for Jan. 26 through 30. The schedule will offer functional training in addition to general courses for everyone.

The Workforce Development team has finalized the schedule; much of which will be offered via Defense Connect Online and video teleconference.

According to program officials, the extension of courses via DCO allows a broader range of subject matter to be offered at locations that may not otherwise have such opportunities.
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ABG announces fourth quarter’s top performers

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January 8, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The 66th Air Base Group recognized their top performers for the fourth quarter during a quarterly awards ceremony at the Hanscom Conference Center Jan. 7.

Col. Michael A. Vogel, 66 ABG commander, presented the awards to each of the winners.

Congratulations to the following award winners:

Airman of the Quarter
Senior Airman H. Brandon Carpenter, 66th Security Forces Squadron

NCO of the Quarter
Staff Sgt. Emma F. Byrne, 66th Medical Squadron
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Event planned to remember MLK Jr.

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January 7, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A celebration to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Jan. 16 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the base chapel.

The event will feature an "I Have a Dream" speech reenactment by Timothy Martin, a 66th Security Forces Squadron employee. Maresa Kelleher, Kathy Lynch and Timothy Martin will perform special music at the event. Dr. Quincy "Doc" Mosby will serve as the keynote speaker.

This year's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance will reflect the theme: "Remember! Celebrate! A Day of Service!"
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Jan. 8

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January 7, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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2014 Year in Review

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January 6, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

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January 6, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and PIN-enabled government travel cards (GTC) to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and individuals who have reported lost or stolen cards.

This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance the security and convenience of government travel and pay systems.

The new cards are embedded with a microchip that provides for transaction encryption and an elevated level of authentication. Chip and PIN technology strengthens data security, better protecting cardholders' personally identifiable information, as well as the government's sensitive transaction and payment data.
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Conference center upgraded, open house scheduled

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January 6, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Hanscom Conference Center officials recently announced that an upgrade to the audio visual equipment in the Lexington Amphitheater and Concord Room is complete and that a ribbon cutting and open house is scheduled Jan. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. to mark the occasion.

Among the $500,000 worth of improvements to the conference center's two largest and most frequently used meeting rooms are new projectors, dual screens, podiums, smart technology, sound systems, a wireless microphone system, new audio, confidence monitors and video record capability, as well as a new technology called AirMedia.
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AF Aid Society grant program

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January 6, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Since its inception in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society has been committed to helping Airmen and their families realize their academic goals through an education grant program.

The centerpiece of the society's education initiatives is the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program which provides $2,000 grants to selected sons and daughters of active duty, Title 10 AGR and Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing full-time active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased Air Force members. It is also available to stateside spouses of active duty members and Title 10 AGR and Reservists as well as surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies.
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Medal recognizes dedication to strategic nuclear deterrence objectives

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January 5, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal was approved by Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James last year to recognize individuals who directly impacted the nuclear enterprise.

The medal may be awarded retroactively to Dec. 27, 1991 to fully-qualified Airmen, and is among several incentives focused on attracting and retaining high-caliber Airmen in the nuclear mission.

"This service medal provides a clearly visible way to recognize the dedication and professionalism of our Airmen who are the guardians of our nation's nuclear deterrence," said Col. Zannis Pappas, the missile operations career field manager. "The medal acknowledges the special challenges faced by those Airmen charged with supporting the nuclear enterprise and will be a point of pride by all who wear it."
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