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Posted 4/14/2014   Updated 9/29/2014 Email story   Print story


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

Nurse Advice Line update
The DoD Nurse Advice Line (NAL) has recently changed their practice regarding parents calling the NAL for the medical issues of their children. Parents must have their child with them when calling the NAL to better facilitate more effective and efficient triage.  If parents do not have their children with them, they will be advised to call back when their child is with them. The DoD NAL would also like to get feedback from all patients regarding their experience with the NAL.  If you would like to provide feedback regarding your experience, please go to this website.

AF uniform donations sought
The Patriot Enlisted Association is in search of serviceable Airman Battle Uniforms, or ABUs, and AF blues to donate to area high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs. Through Sept. 30, the PEA is in search of the following serviceable Air Force uniform items: boots, shoes, belts, hats, socks, sand tees, pants, skirts and tops. For further information or to learn how to make a donation, contact Airman 1st Class Taylor Humphries or Airman Matthew Marra at 781-225-5484 or 781-225-6175 respectively.

Nominations sought for spouse of the year award
Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2015 Air Force Association Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award. The award honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The nominee's spouse must be serving in the Air Force, active duty, Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. Completed nomination packages are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Jan. 31, 2015. For more information about recognition programs and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website.

66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: The Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed Oct. 3 for readiness training and Oct. 13 for the Columbus Day. Additionally, the Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed the following dates in November: Nov. 7 for readiness training, Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving and Nov. 28 for Air Force Materiel Command Family Day. If the clinic is closed and a patient requires non-emergent care that cannot wait until the clinic reopens, please contact the Nurse Advice Line by calling 781-225-6789 and choosing the option for the NAL. The NAL will provide instructions or may authorize use of an Urgent Care Center if medically necessary. At all times, if emergency care is required, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Prior authorization is not required for emergency care.

Nominations accepted for all AF units, organizations
Air Force Personnel Center officials are now accepting nominations for the 2015 Air Force Association Verne Orr Award through Jan. 7. The Air Force Association established this award in honor of former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr to recognize mission-oriented unit accomplishments and achievements that used personnel to their full potential in order to accomplish the mission. Nominations are open to all Air Force units and organizations regardless of size. For more information visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil. To read more about the Verne Orr award, select "search all components" from the drop down menu and enter "12603" in the search window.

Construction Project Notification
This serves as a Notice of Traffic Interruption for a portable water line project  from Chennault Street to Building 1810. To accomplish this work, vehicle and foot traffic may be impacted as early as Oct. 6, running through early next spring. For further information on the construction project, contact Raymond Ralls at 781-225-5360.

Griffis Street detour Notification
This serves as a Notice of Closure on Griffis Street directly adjacent to Building 1707, the base car wash. All facilities, including the U.S. Post Office and car wash, will remain accessible by way of minor detours Oct. 6-10. Civil engineers will be repairing a collapsed storm drain and catch basin in the area. For further information on the construction project, contact Mike Delancey at 781-225-6038 or Brian Blasingame at 781-225-5877.

Visionary leadership award nominations sought
Nominations for the 2015 General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award will be accepted through Oct. 17. Named in honor of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught, the award recognizes servicemembers and civilians who have exhibited innovation, commitment and a selfless spirit of service to others while inspiring others and significantly improving the integration of and opportunities for women in the Air Force. Officers, enlisted members and civilians from any career field or occupational series are eligible. The award is based on contributions that occur Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014. For further information on the award, contact Steve Tupeck at 781-225-1366.

Free layaway at AAFES
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is bringing back its fee-free layaway program, ensuring military shoppers have plenty of time to pay for gifts. Beginning Sept. 12, the Exchange will waive the $3 service fee for items that are placed on layaway and paid for by Dec. 24. Purchases of $25 or more are eligible for the layaway plan. A deposit of 15 percent is required to hold items on layaway at the Exchange. Shoppers can visit customer service for complete program details and eligibility information.

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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