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Hanscom Air Force Base - Bedford, MA


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Hanscom Air Force Base

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has identified more than 130,000 #veterans who may be eligible for a refund for taxes paid on their disability severance payment. Learn more here.

The United States Air Force announced a series of uniform updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel, effective July 13, 2018. Learn more here.

The Department of Defense issued a substantive change today to its policy on the transfer by service members in the uniformed services of Post-9/11 GI Bill educational benefits to eligible family member recipients. Learn more here.

The United States Air Force now has an app called “A.F. Connect” on iTunes — Android releases next week.

It’s a comprehensive app with resources #Airman may need. The “emergency” icon allows contact with a crisis line or SAPR office and emergency resources. The “directory” lists myriad Air Force contacts #Airmen may need. It also features a direct link to ePubs and a fitness calculator.

The next update will make the Little Brown Book more of a magazine-type layout.

It also features the ability to read your CAC (if you have an external CAC reader) so you can access CAC-enabled sites from your phone.

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Congratulations to more than 40 nominees of the 66th Air Base Group who were recognized during a quarterly awards ceremony at the base conference center yesterday. Learn who won their respective categories here. #secure #support #sustain

“I will continue to be a zealot about the reputation of all of our PEOs’ teams here at Hanscom and at our many locations across the country. I’m extremely pleased that this reflects highly on what we do across our portfolios,” said Steve Wert, Battle Management program executive officer, who recently received a Presidential Rank Award in the Meritorious Senior Executive category at the #Pentagon.

The award recognizes the top individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to their agency and the federal government. Wert’s contributions that led to the award included his overall management of the life cycles of more than 250 programs valued at more than $23 billion.

The United States Air Force's first, and outgoing, chief data officer, Maj. Gen. Kimberly Crider, lauded software development at Hanscom as a way to speed acquisition for warfighters at an Air Force Association scholarship dinner this week.

AFA, Paul Revere Chapter, #178 awarded four scholarships to local students with military ties, and placed specific emphasis on encouraging students with an interest in the #STEM fields of #science, #technology, #engineering and #math.

Crider’s address tied the interests of the recipients into #AirForce priorities -- learn more here.

#Airmen from Hanscom AFB and other volunteers from service-connected agencies came together with the Air Force Association AFA, Paul Revere Chapter, #178 to serve area veterans lunch during a picnic at the Veterans Community Center in Lowell, Mass., yesterday. In addition to serving meals, volunteers met with #veterans to learn more about their service in the military.

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Col. Roman Hund, installation commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes, installation command chief, recently presented Emily Hamel with the 66th Force Support Squadron's Family Child Care Provider of the Year Award. The FCC program offers in-home child care options for military and civilian families with children ages two weeks to 12 years old.

Learn more about Hamel as well as the FCC program here.

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Members of the US Air Force Honor Guard team are at Hanscom AFB this week training #TotalForce #Airmen techniques on color guard, pall-bearing, and the six-man flag fold.

The Air Force team is competitively selected from more than 200 different United States Air Force career fields, making the Air Force Honor Guard the standard for discipline and military professionalism.

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It may be summer break for children who live at Hanscom AFB, but the offices at the Hanscom Primary School, Middle School and Bedford High School are busy preparing for a new school year in September. Each school is open most weeks through the end of August for those new to Hanscom AFB, or those looking for further information.

To learn more about registering your child, key dates or more, visit the below link.

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#Congratulations to #Airman First Class Emma Field, a knowledge operations manager for C3I and Networks, for being selected via below-the-zone promotion to senior airman. Brig. Gen. Michael Schmidt, the program executive officer for C3I and Networks, and Chief Master Sgt. Henry Hayes, command chief, surprised the new senior airman-select with the news. She will promote July 19.

The below-the-zone promotion process allows commanders to promote a select number of high-performing E-3s to E-4 six months early.

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A United States Air Force career assistance advisor’s responsibility is to assist enlisted #Airmen with professional enhancement opportunities, such as through the First Term Airmen Center like shown here. At Hanscom, that responsibility will soon fall on Master Sgt. Eddie Escamilla, an 18-year Air Force veteran who most recently served as the AFMS-Hanscom-66th Medical Squadron's Operations Flight chief.

Read more about the position and his thoughts on the opportunity here.

The 2018 Great New England Airshow is free to attend and will include a performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

The Air Show is next weekend, July 14 and 15 at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Learn more here. Please share with those who might be interested.

Acquisition regulations don’t come with CliffsNotes, so members of a United States Air Force High Performance Team at Hanscom AFB wrote 21 pages interpreting them and won a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) level award late last month for their work.

The team and several other major acquisition bases came together to better navigate what is commonly called Federal Acquisition Regulation 16.5. Their findings generated a 21-page Guiding Principles document, incorporated into Air Force Materiel Command’s Informational Guidance.

Learn more here.

Airman at Hanscom Air Force Base -- and throughout Air Force Materiel Command -- deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities for the United States Air Force and our sister services. Recently, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, AFMC commander, spoke about the impact of materiel and #Airmen on ensuring the command can develop the next generation of capability for our Nation.

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Civilian developmental hire Jetta Rackleff will leave for Italy soon to participate in the inline hockey world championships, representing the United States as goalie.

Rackleff’s day job involves putting herself in front of risk management efforts for the Battle Management Directorate’s weather division. Read more about her here.

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The 4th of July celebrates the birth of our nation, which was founded on the principles of liberty and freedom. On this #IndependenceDay, we send thanks and wishes to our men and women serving at home and overseas as they continue to protect our nation. 🇺🇸

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Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts for anyone without a professional license. However, we can all enjoy displays run by professionals. Find out alphabetically by town where the nearest display to you is here:

Keep your July 4th holiday safe and fun.

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The Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications Integration Directorate welcomed a new director last week during a change of leadership ceremony at the base conference center.

Read about the ceremony here.

Congratulations to Col. Al LaPuma on his retirement from the United States Air Force after 29 years of service. During his ceremony, he said after attending many retirement ceremonies throughout his career, the challenge was to have both his military family and his actual family understand the roles each played. Read more here.

Calling all storytellers! Air Force officials are offering #Airmen the chance to create their own recruiting video through the We Are Airmen 2018 Recruiting Video Contest.

Now is your chance to showcase your creativity and pride to be an Airman in the United States Air Force. Learn more here.

With the general election in November, now is the time to register to vote absentee by completing the Federal Post Card Application. You should register and request your ballot now to ensure you meet all the deadlines prior to the election. The FPCA acts as both a registration and absentee ballot request form. Learn more here, or contact the Hanscom Installation Voter Assistance Office at 781-225-2753 or visit their webpage at

The Air Force Materiel Command develops war-winning capabilities for our nation. Watch AFMC Commander Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski explain our mission in this video.

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Congratulations to the graduates of Hanscom Airman Leadership School Class 18E for completing the first step in their professional military education following a graduation ceremony at the Minuteman Commons last week. By completing the five-week course, the graduates, comprised of total force #Airmen and Coast Guardsmen, are now qualified to supervise junior enlisted members in their respective organizations.

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