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Posted 4/14/2014   Updated 4/14/2014 Email story   Print story


4/14/2014 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- 

Dependent Participation in Focus Group
United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and Tufts University are working in partnership to customize and implement a weight loss program for adult dependents of active duty military personnel.

· At least 18 years of age
· Adult dependents of active duty military personnel
· Willing to commit to up to 3 hours - one time session
· Must be overweight or obese (Body mass index (BMI) above 25)

Focus groups are being conducted to better understand the unique circumstances of military families and will include discussions on body weight, eating and other barriers to weight management. If interested contact researchers at 508-233-4591 or USARIEM.WeightLossStudy@us.army.mil for information and screening to participate. Non-federal participants only may be compensated up to $60.

Hot shot winners
Congratulations to the Fitness and Sports Center's Hot Shot basketball competition. Natasha Guevara is the winner in the female category and Al Sylvester placed first in the male category.

Semi-annual Central Plant Outage Notification
The Semi-annual steam outage is scheduled April 25 to 27 to perform regular maintenance of the equipment located at the central plant. All facilities that receive steam or chilled water from the central plant will be without these utilities for the duration of the outage. Warm showers at the Sports and Fitness Center will be available during normal operating hours for the facilities affected by the outage.

The following facilities will be without heat or hot water from steam; 1102C, 1102D, 1102F, 1105A, 1105B, 1102D, 1106, 1107, 1208, 1210, 1211, 1212, 1216, 1217, 1218, 1240, 1305, 1412, 1414, 1423, 1425, 1426, 1427, 1435, 1503, 1507, 1508, 1510, 1511, 1515, 1520, 1521, 1530, 1531, 1534, 1538, 1543, 1600, 1606, 1607, 1608, 1609, 1612, 1614, 1618, 1624, 1630, 1639, 1642, 1646, 1700, 1707, 1715, 1718, 1720, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1725, 1726, 1728 and MIT. The following facilities have back-up electric water heaters: 1201, 1412, 1414, 1423, 1425, 1426, 1427, 1428, 1721 and 1725. The following buildings will be with limited cooling; 1305, 1435, 1105B, 1105A, 1107, 1102F, 1102C, 1102D.

Any concerns about a facility or special needs during the outage should be made to the Civil Engineering Plant Engineer, Sean Garrity at 781-225-2940 or email Sean.Garrity@hanscom.af.mil.

Holy Week and Easter Services at the Chapel
The Hanscom Chapel offers the following opportunities for celebrating Holy Week and Easter Services. Protestant Chapel Observances are scheduled as follows: Good Friday service is April 18 at 5:30 p.m. and an Easter service is scheduled April 20 at 9 a.m. Catholic Chapel Observances are scheduled as follows: a Holy Thursday service is scheduled at 7 p.m. April 17, a Good Friday service is scheduled April 18 at 3 p.m. and an Easter Mass Vigil is scheduled at 8 p.m. April 19 followed by an Easter service April 20 at 9 a.m. For further information contact the base chapel at 781-225-5501.

Volunteer Excellence Award Nominees
Nominees are being sought for the Air Force Chief of Staff Volunteer Excellence Awards. Submissions are due April 25 to the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The VEA was created by former Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Michael E. Ryan to recognize family members, federal civilians, military and federal retirees who perform sustained community service on base or in their local community. Eligible volunteers must be nominated by their supervisor or by the volunteer agency for which they donated their service. All Hanscom volunteers will be recognized at the 2014 Volunteer Excellence Awards ceremony May 22 beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hanscom Conference Center. For further information, or to learn how to nominate a volunteer, contact Terri O'Keefe at 781-225-2765.

Veterinary Treatment Facility expanded hours
The Hanscom AFB Veterinary Treatment Facility has hired an additional veterinarian and will now offer appointments three days a week. In addition to treating pets of active duty and retirees with full medical benefits, the clinic will now see pets of Reservists, National Guard and 100 percent disabled veterans. The clinic currently sees pets for preventative care, vaccinations, and minor sick calls. For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact the clinic at 781-225-2772 between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Retired volunteers needed
The Hanscom Retiree Activities Office is looking for volunteers. Those interested will answer phone queries and assist with walk-ins concerning retiree pay, healthcare and other issues. If interested in volunteering one day a month, or more, with other volunteers, contact retired Lt. Col. Ed Omiccioli at 781-225-1310.

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