News in Brief

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. --

Nominations open for 2017 American Legion Spirit of Service Award
Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2017 American Legion Spirit of Service Award that is presented annually to one enlisted member from the active and reserve components who demonstrated outstanding volunteer service in their local community. Airmen basic through staff sergeants can be nominated for off-duty services performed Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2016. Organization and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense dates and additional information regarding nomination procedures.

Complete application procedures and eligibility requirements are available on myPers. Select “Any” from the dropdown menu and search “Legion.” Each MAJCOM, FOA or DRU may submit one nomination. Packages are due to the Air Force Personnel Center no later than April 14, 2017.

Hanscom Spouse Club scholarship program
Applications are now available for the Hanscom Spouses Club Scholarship. High school seniors and dependent spouses of active duty, retired, Reserve, Guard or deceased members from all branches of the armed services are eligible to apply. Applicants must live within 60 miles of Hanscom AFB. Recipients for these merit-based scholarships are selected based on their personal responsibility, leadership, citizenship, diversity of interests and academic achievement. The applications may be printed at http://www.hanscomsc.org/scholarships.html.  Completed application packets should be postmarked no later than March 29, 2017. Please contact Kristin Samarov, scholarship chair, at scholarship@hanscomsc.org with any questions.

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Vanpools in search of riders
Recently the Hanscom Commuter Management Office expanded the number of van pool options for members of the workforce following the results of a commuter survey earlier this year. The team now offers 48 van pools and many available opportunities for members of the Hanscom workforce.

For those interested in participating in the commuting program are encouraged to visit https://cs.eis.afmc.af.mil/sites/Hanscom/commuter/default.aspx or contact Robert Spelfogel at 781-225-6913 or Scott Sheehan at 781-225-6144.

Cell phone collected
The Family Advocacy Program collects used and old cell phones and distributes then to local domestic violence agencies. Anyone who has phones may drop them off with the batteries and chargers to the Family Advocacy Program in Building 1900. Please put each phone and its accessories in a sealed plastic bag. For further information, call 781-225-6385.

Counseling available
Military Family Life Consultants provide free, short-term, non-medical, solution-oriented counseling for service members and their families. No records are kept. Call 781-879-7654 for an appointment or further information.

RAO Volunteers needed
The Hanscom Retiree Activities office located in Building 1305 is looking for volunteers to provide information and assistance to the retiree community. Volunteers will also assist retirees with information concerning retiree benefits. If interested in volunteering, contact the Retiree Activity office at 781-225-1310.

Medical appointment reminders available via text, email
Have you or a family member 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, the clinic has a solution. Medical appointment reminders are not available by text or email, learn how at www.tricareonline.com.

School Liaison Program
The Hanscom school liaison is available to coordinate and assist military and Defense Department civilian parents with school-age children with educational opportunities and information necessary to succeed in an academic environment. For further information on the school liaison program or for information on any of the local schools, visit http://www.hanscomservices.com/SchoolLiaison.asp.

College tutors needed
The Base Education and Training Center is in need of volunteer tutors with base access to assist Airmen enrolled this fall in lower level math and humanities classes, as well as other subjects. For further information, contact Gay Close at 781-225-5945 or by email at gay.close@us.af.mil.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
For those experiencing problems in the workplace, help is available. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers informal and non-threatening methods of resolving disputes in a confidential, safe and mutually satisfying manner. The objective of the ADR program is to provide early intervention support and resolve conflicts prior to escalation and disruption in the workplace environment. ADR techniques include mediation, facilitation and conflict management coaching. Mediation is the most frequent technique used for resolution of equal opportunity cases, union grievances, or other workplace disputes. The use of ADR often result in improved communications and workplace relationships, promoting healthier workplace environments through the guidance of a trained neutral. For more information or to obtain service contact the EO office at 781-225-6397.

Health Risk Assessment
A Health Risk Assessment is a free online-personalized health assessment available to civilian employees to identify potential health risks and strategies to avoid them. By examining health-related behavior and history, an HRA can provide insight into an employee’s health and wellness.

To receive a free travel mug, civilians are encouraged to complete the HRA. For those interested, visit AFMC Wellness Support Center at www.AFMCwellness.com to complete the assessment.

EAP Counseling
Hanscom's Employee Assistance Program provides a confidential, free counseling service on a wide range of personal and work concerns for Hanscom’s Defense Department civilians, Non-appropriated Fund and Defense Commissary Agency employees, as well as their family members. The EAP also offers financial and legal services. Contact Ina Bachman at 800-222-0364 for an appointment or visit the website at www.FOH4you.com.