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Posted 12/16/2014   Updated 7/27/2015 Email story   Print story


12/16/2014 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- 

Pharmacy closure
As a result of the modernization project at the Hanscom Clinic, the Pharmacy will be closed on Friday, Aug. 21. Officials ask that a patient in need of pharmacy services that day visit on Thursday, Aug. 20, or on Monday, Aug. 24. Other patients requiring services will be referred to a network Pharmacy. The modernization project is aimed to further improve clinical services and the ability to provide superior healthcare. For further information on the clinic modernization project, contact Lt. Col. Demea Alderman at 781-225-6285.

Nominations sought for 2015 Sijan award
Nominations for the 2015 Lance P. Sijan U.S. Air Force Leadership Award are being accepted through Aug. 31. The Sijan award recognizes the accomplishments of officers and enlisted members who have demonstrated the highest quality of leadership in the performance of their duties and their personal lives. Nominees will be rated on their scope of responsibility, professional leadership, leadership image and community involvement between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The award categories are senior officer, junior officer, senior enlisted and junior enlisted. Individuals will compete in the category that corresponds to the grade held for the majority of the award period. For more information about Air Force personnel programs go to the myPers website.

2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
66th Medical Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering officials have released the 2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report for Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Under the Consumer Confidence Reporting Rule of the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act, community water systems are required to report this quality water information to the consuming public. Presented in this report is information on the source of Hanscom AFB water and where it comes from, what it contains, how it compares to state and federal standards, and the health and risks associated with any contaminants. The full report can be read here. For further information, contact Bioenvironmental Engineering at 781-225-6366.

Street closure construction notification
This notice serves as notification of a traffic interruption for steam and condensate project work from the Central Plant and crossing Randolph Road and Grenier Street. The project is scheduled to begin June 22 and continue through August 28. Traffic is scheduled to be impacted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. To accomplish this work, Randolph Road will need to be closed while a trench is excavated, the old pipe removed and a new pipe installed. The road will be closed and detour signs posted when work is underway. Most of the parking lot at 1105 will be inaccessible during this project. Civil Engineering officials suggest that personnel should park in the upper parking lot to attend functions at the Hanscom Conference Center. For further information, contact Karl Berg at 781-225-2978.

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 1217. Please put each phone and its accessories in a sealed plastic bag. For further information, call 781-225-6385.

Veterans Affairs disability claims review
A representative from AMVETS, a veterans' service organization, will assist veterans in processing disability claims and answer questions Fridays, by appointment only, at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Call the AMVETS service representative at 617-303-5698 for an appointment.

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

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.

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.

Toastmasters Club
The Hanscom Researchers Toastmasters Club meets every second, fourth and fifth Tuesday between noon and 1 p.m. in Building 1102C in the Air Force Integrated Personnel and Pay System Baccus Conference Room. Meetings are open to all individuals interested in becoming better public speakers. Members do not need to work on Hanscom AFB. For more information or to request a pass to get on base, contact 1st Lt. Jacob Buckman at 781-225-9357. Interested personnel can also find more information at http://researchers.toastmastersclubs.org/.

Preschool screening for Hanscom children
Lincoln Public Schools offers preschool screening for children of Hanscom residents who have concerns about their preschool age child's development. Parents with concerns about their child's learning, speech, language, physical, social or emotional development can call Suzanne Stendahl at 781-259-9403 to schedule an appointment with the preschool team of the Lincoln Public Schools.

The Joint Personal Property Shipping Office Northeast customer service department is available to assist with personal property movement needs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. During service hours, technicians are available to assist with the following:

-Clarifying entitlements.
-Updating customer records.
-Arranging for shipment delivery (Note: Not all deliveries can be scheduled early in the morning as some commercial companies do not open for business until 8 a.m.).
-Changing delivery dates.
-Tracing shipments.
-Privately owned vehicle guidance.
-Non-temporary (permanent) storage guidance on extending and releasing property.
-Temporary storage guidance.
-Claims guidance and points of contact.
-Furnish documentation (Bill of Lading and inventories)
-Provide carrier and agent contact information.
-Time limit extension guidance.

Customers should keep JPPSO abreast of their current contact information at all times to facilitate shipment and storage information.

Customers can access detailed key shipping information, links and videos on the Department of Defense Household Goods Portal at www.move.mil. For further information, call 781-225-3700 or 800-235-7776.

Those interested may also visit the Personal Property Shipping Office in Building 1217 or call them at 781-225-6398 or 781-225-6399. They are staffed between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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.

Weight loss program for service members' adult dependents
Experts from Tufts University and U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine will be comparing the effectiveness of different weight loss programs in military families for promoting and maintaining weight loss for two years. The program will be provided at no cost to eligible military families and is tailored specifically to overcome the unique weight loss challenges of the military environment. Eligibility: Dependents must be at least 18 years of age, an adult dependent of active duty military personnel, must be overweight (BMI is equal to or greater than 25) group classes will provide education and support to help with weight loss and prevent weight regain. Time commitment includes attending weekly sessions for the first four months and then monthly sessions until the end of the two year study with measurements taken at six month intervals. Experts from Tufts University will provide interactive and hands-on instruction including support for menu planning, grocery shopping, self-monitoring of weight, diet and activity. For those dependents interested, contact researchers at 617-556-3143 or HF2Study@tufts.edu for more information and screening to participate. Payment is offered for up to $400 if you qualify and complete the study.

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.

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.

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