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New Horizons to take place March 3 to 4

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February 10, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

This year's New Horizons Symposium will be held March 3 to 4 at the Marriott Hotel in Newton, Mass.

Sponsored by the Lexington-Concord Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the event allows for interaction between government, industry and academia.

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. LCMC Hanscom's program executive officers, Maj. Gen. Craig Olson, C3I and Networks, and Steven Wert, Battle Management, will also be presenting and will address current and emerging business opportunities.
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Air Base Group gains four new AFSO Green Belts

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February 10, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Four members of the 66th Force Support Squadron here recently received their Air Force Smart Operations Green Belt certification.

With this certification, Marsha Hamel, Marjorie Hobbs, Michael Mosher and Matthew West can assist serviced 66th Air Base Group and Hanscom program executive offices with defining and/or improving processes and resolving issues such as time delays, rework and 8-Step Problem Solving.

"If you need assistance with the topics above, or even are just looking for someone to review an Airmen Powered by Innovation proposal, these trained personnel can now help," said Samuel F. Doucette, 66th Air Base Group Air Force Smart Operations program manager and Hanscom's only certified AFSO Black Belt.
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AFMC’s enlisted Airmen honor commander with Order of the Sword

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February 9, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

In an event steeped in medieval symbolism and military tradition, Air Force Materiel Command Commander Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger was inducted into the AFMC Order of the Sword during a ceremony Feb. 5, 2015, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

The Order of the Sword is the highest honor the enlisted force can bestow upon an individual for their conspicuous and significant contributions to the welfare and prestige of the enlisted force, to mission effectiveness, and to the overall military establishment.
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Preventing Burns

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February 9, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

As part of Burn Awareness Week recognized earlier this month, the 66th Civil Engineering Division Fire Emergency Services team is providing safety information relating to scald burns for the community.

Scald injuries are painful and require prolonged treatment. They may result in lifelong scarring and even death. Prevention of scalds is always preferable to treatment and can be accomplished through simple changes in behavior and the home environment.

"Although anyone can sustain a scald burn, certain people are more likely to be scalded --- infants, young children, older adults and people with disabilities. These high risk groups are also more likely to require hospitalization, suffer complications and experience a difficult recovery," said Glenn F. Haffner, Fire Prevention/Life Safety chief. "Most burn injuries occur in the person's own home and the vast majority of these injuries could have easily been prevented."
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Air Force Medicine: A Vision for the Future

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

The United States Air Force's core missions are air and space superiority, ISR (intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance), rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control. These are almost identical (but in different terms) to the missions the USAF had in 1947. But we now do these missions in three domains: Air, Space and Cyberspace.

In the Air Force I grew up in, the "operators" were primarily pilots and navigators. There are many more types of "operators" these days, as air power is projected through the various domains in very new ways. Air Force Medicine is adapting and innovating to better support the airmen who safeguard this country 24/7, 365 days a year. In that regard, Air Force Medicine is now focusing on human performance. This is not a huge shift for us. Since the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) began in 1949, Air Force medics have focused on occupational and population health and prevention. We are simply taking it to the next level. Our A
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Air Force presents FY16 budget request: JSTARS recap funding on tap

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February 4, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

The Air Force presented its fiscal year 2016 President's Budget request Feb. 2, following the Defense Department and sister services budget briefings.

The Air Force fiscal year 2016 budget request supports the defense strategy and combatant commander requirements. It continues readiness recovery, reduces the short-term capacity risk assumed in the fiscal year 2015 budget while placing significant investments in the nuclear enterprise, space, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and command and control capabilities.
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Global ASNT moves past preliminary design review

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February 4, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Recently, the Global ASNT program office -- which is responsible for acquiring and sustaining nuclear command, control and communications terminals - completed their preliminary design review, gaining ground within the first of three incremental phases. 

"The program is progressing right on schedule," said Lt. Col. Kenneth Decker, program manager for the Air Force's Global Aircrew Strategic Network Terminal at Hanscom Air Force Base.

In December 2013 the Air Force awarded Raytheon a $134 million Increment 1 contract, a 36-month development effort where the company is responsible for developing new nuclear C3 terminals for the service's nuclear bomber mission. The effort will result in secure, survivable ground terminals at wing command posts that have the ability to receive emergency action messages, which are then relayed to bomber, tanker and reconnaissance aircrews for action. 
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Feb. 5

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February 4, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Volunteers needed for Caring for People forum

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February 3, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Volunteers are invited to participate in a Caring for People forum March 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center to collect community feedback on issues that affect personnel here.

According to organizers, the goal of the forum is to strengthen base family support services and improve quality of life for members of the community and their families.

Scheduled to speak at the event is retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Dana H. Born, who has completed her master's degrees in experimental and research psychology and now lectures on public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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Cyber Tech roundtable allows for exchange of ideas, info

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January 31, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Cyber threats, along with cybersecurity costs and myths, were the main topics during a Cyber Tech roundtable at the Hanscom Conference Center Jan. 26.

Hanscom's Engineering Directorate has been hosting these Cyber Tech roundtables during the past few Life Cycle Management Center Focus Weeks, and this event saw the highest turnout yet with approximately 30 people in attendance and others participating via phone.

"There are a lot of really smart people across this center - who know a lot - and we don't always tap into that," said Jeffrey Mayer, Cyber Systems Engineering Division chief. "We thought it would be a good idea to bring those people together and have a discussion about various topics."
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Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Jan. 30

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January 30, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine


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Some temporary, seasonal, intermittent employees eligible for FEHB

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January 28, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), said Office of Personnel Management officials.

Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same coverage and government contribution to premiums as full-time employees.

"This expansion of coverage furthers the goal of ensuring that all full-time employees are eligible to enroll in FEHB," said Erica Cathro, an AFPC Human Resources specialist. "This change provides newly eligible employees a way to attain minimum essential coverage, which will also satisfy the Affordable Care Act individual shared responsibility requirement."
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February is American Heart Month

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January 27, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

February is American Heart Month. The National Institutes of Health reports that more than one million people in the United States have a heart attack each year. Of the people who die from heart attacks, about half die within an hour of their first symptoms and before they reach the hospital.

When a heart attack happens, delay in treatment can be deadly. It is important to learn the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack and know the single most important thing a person can do to save a life is call 911 immediately for emergency medical care.
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Hanscom teen named Youth of the Year

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January 27, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

A longtime member of Hanscom's Youth Center, who logged more than 150 hours of community service in 2014, was named the Military Youth of the Year Jan. 20 and will now compete at the state level.

Seventeen year old Brenna Gonsalves, a senior at Bedford High School, has been a member of Hanscom's Youth Program since age 9.

"I was honored to be selected for military youth of the year for Hanscom," Gonsalves said. "The Youth Center has been a big part of me building my identity and my love for volunteering over these last couple of years."
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Winter Storm Juno update

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January 27, 2015 in Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts by clevine

Hanscom Air Force Base remains closed today as a result of the blizzard affecting the entire region and the state of emergency declared by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. No decision on whether or not the base will remain closed on Wednesday has been made as of this time. The decision regarding opening the base on Wednesday will be made after the full scope of the storm has been assessed.

At this time, only mission-essential personnel are required to be on duty.  Mission-essential personnel report for duty at normal times when the base is closed or delayed reporting, and remain on duty during phased or early release. Designations of mission-essential are determined individually by supervisors and are not documented on the top portion of the position description. The duties the individual performs assist in the supervisor making the determination of mission essential and can be situational depending upon the duty to be performed (i.e. snow removal). Individuals ar
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