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Hanscom Air Force Base - Bedford, MA


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Hanscom Air Force Base

A C-17 Globemaster III with the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., lands at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., April 24 during a Reserve mobility exercise. Airmen with the 439th Contingency Response Flight at Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass., are leading a joint federal agency exercise April 22 through 28.

At Hanscom Air Force Base, we acquire critical warfighting systems for the Air Force and our sister services. These systems provide the connectivity for and between our warfighters with items such as radar, communication and intelligence systems, command and operations centers and network infrastructure and cyber defense. It's critical work that helps our men and women in uniform prevail in battle and return home safely.

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This morning Hanscom #Airmen accepted more than 3,000 boxes of cookies from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts during a ‘Cookies for a Cause’ event at the base. More than 350 Girl Scouts were on hand for the event.

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The 66th Force Support Squadron will host a Health and Fitness Expo along with an Air Force Alpha Warrior Tour demonstrations and competition at the Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center May 9. Read more about these events being held for all those with base access.

Congratulations to Airman 1st Class Natalia Burgos on being named this week's Patriot of the Week. This #Airman has been at Hanscom since last fall and "has quickly become a vital member" of the C3I and Networks Directorate, according to her supervisor. Please congratulate her with a #like and wish her continued success in her United States Air Force career.

With April ushering in Military Children’s Health Month, it’s a good time to focus on family cyberfitness: the safety and security of our personal devices and electronic information, and also our personal well-being when we’re online. Read more here.

One of the oldest traditions of military service is to recognize #Airmen retiring from a career of long and honorable service. Those about to retire may be eligible for a number of letters and certificates for presentation at their retirement ceremonies. Read more about retirement here.

We’ve all heard the term “military brat” before. It pertains to those children who grew up in military families. “Brats” wear the name like a badge of honor, often because of the moves, stressors and cultural experiences that make them more resilient than their civilian counterparts. Learn more about this term here.

66th Civil Engineering Division environmental engineers review #EarthDay2018 drawings from Hanscom Middle School sixth-grade students this past week. The artwork will be displayed on bags being used at the Hanscom Commissary on Earth Day, April 22. The winning design will also be featured on Earth Day t-shirts given to volunteers during the Shawsheen River clean-up May 2. Congratulations to all participants and the winner.

The riding season is off to a slow, chilly start, however now is the perfect time to take a rider training course. Learn more here.

Hanscom welcomed a new Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks program executive officer during a change in leadership ceremony on base today.

“My job is to clear a space so that people who work these important programs can innovate on tough issues,” said Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, during his remarks shortly after assuming leadership.

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66th Air Base Group officials recognized military and civilian employees during a quarterly awards ceremony at the base conference center earlier today. More than 40 nominees competed in 13 categories. Learn who won their respective categories here.

Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. As they face circumstances unique to their lives—such as navigating multiple moves and schools to shouldering repeated deployments of a parent, these children are examples of resilience in the military community.

To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the #MonthoftheMilitaryChild.

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Later this week, Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis will retire after 35 years as a United States Air Force officer -- 30 in acquisitions. Hanscom's most senior uniformed #Airman, who has had multiple assignments here, recently spoke about his career and those who have influenced it. Read more about him here.

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There have been several Hanscom athletes selected for the specialized sports training programs or for department-level Air Force championship events throughout the past few years. Recently, Air Force Sports, managed by the Air Force Services Activity, launched an online application system to make it easier for those #Airmen to apply for Air Force sports teams. Learn more here.

Hanscom #Airmen can attend a six-session Resilient Warrior course at the 66th Medical Squadron beginning April 30. The course is designed to reduce the impact of stress for Airmen. Learn more about this training offered by Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program

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A retreat ceremony was held this afternoon for Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, program executive officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks Directorate, at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Dennis retires April 13, after 35 years as an officer, having served in acquisitions for more than 30 years. Also participating in the ceremony was his son, 2nd Lt. Derek Dennis, who works in the Battle Management Directorate at Hanscom.

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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson spoke about Hanscom’s vital role to National Defense Strategy during a town hall on base last week.

“This makes this base more important now than perhaps at any time since the second World War. You have to drive innovation to lead innovation.”

Read more about the #SecAF visit with #Airmen and other Hanscom employees here.

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Members of the Hanscom community are preparing to participate in the annual Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day, which is being celebrated on April 16 this year. One employee is running his 28th straight Boston Marathon, while two others are running in their first.

Learn who will be running and what organization they're running for here.

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This morning Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, Col. Roman Hund and Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes participated in the Bedford Liberty Pole Capping at Willson Park. Colonial troops from throughout New England convened on the town common and marched to Willson Park. A Bedford minuteman then climbed a 25-foot pole and placed a red cap atop it, in defiance of King George.

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Despite the snow falling today, the 66th Force Support Squadron Patriot Golf Course is slated to open next Friday, weather permitting, and the manager has been busy preparing the course for a new season of golf. The nine-hole course is on the grounds of Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital -Bedford VA.

Read more about the course and the manager here.

Earlier today at Fenway Park, 2nd Lt. Nicholas Miano delivered the oath of enlistment to approximately 25 new recruits scheduled to enter the United States Air Force soon. Later in the day, #Airmen participated in pregame festivities prior to the Boston Red Sox home opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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At 9:18 a.m., security forces at Hanscom notified the base population of a potential active shooter situation, triggering base lockdown and shelter-in-place. By 9:34, security forces issued an all-clear, and informed the base population there was no active shooter.

The active shooter report and subsequent lockdown was caused by misidentified equipment being setup in one of the buildings. Quick response determined there was no threat.

For questions, please contact Benjamin Newell at (781) 225-1688 or Patty Welsh at (781) 225-1687.

#DYK: The upcoming events page on the base public website provides information on events happening at Hanscom.

One event is Spring Fling happening this Friday. The 66th Force Support Squadron invites members of the community to this free community event April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Commons. This family-friendly event includes indoor carnival games, a live band, free appetizers while supplies last, face painters, balloon twister, photo booth and a video game truck.

To learn more about other events happening at Hanscom, visit here. #tellafriend

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Congratulations to Senior Airman Kenneth McGuire, 66th Comptroller Squadron financial analysis technician, on winning the United States Air Force's Financial Management Airman of the Year for 2017.

In his position, McGuire is responsible for certifying the availability of funds, processing the dispersal of payments and performing audits to ensure that funds are being utilized responsibly and efficiently.

Read more about this #Airman here.

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