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Posted 12/16/2014   Updated 1/21/2015 Email story   Print story


12/16/2014 - 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.

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.

66th Medical Squadron closures
In addition to the first Friday of every month, the 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: Feb. 6 for readiness training; and Feb. 16 in observance of President's 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.

AAFES year-end inventory impacts
The Hanscom Air Force Base Army and Air Force Exchange Service, or AAFES, main store and Military Clothing Store will close Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. instead of the normally scheduled 6 p.m. in order to conduct a year-end inventory. The stores will resume normal operations Jan. 22. The Hanscom Service Station will close Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. instead of the normally scheduled 7 p.m. for the same reason. The service station will resume normal operations Jan. 23. For further information, contact the Exchange at 781-862-0580.

Volunteer Excellence Award nominees sought
Nominations for the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Volunteer Excellence Award are being accepted through Jan. 26. Created by U.S. Air Force Gen. Michael E. Ryan, former Air Force Chief of Staff, the award recognizes family members, federal civilians, military retirees and federal retirees who perform sustained and direct outstanding volunteer community service. This is a "lifetime achievement" award; volunteer activity can span years and organizations. The individual's volunteer service benefits their community and reflects favorably on the Air Force.  Eligible volunteers must be nominated by their supervisor or by the volunteer agency for which they donated their service. Nominees and winner will be recognized at the annual Team Hanscom Annual Awards ceremony Feb. 11. Interested supervisors and volunteer agencies may contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center for further information. For further information, contact Terri O'Keefe at 781-225-2765.

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 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.

Volunteers needed for HPS Spring Science Fair
The Hanscom PTO is looking for volunteers to help with the Hanscom Primary School Spring Science Fair.  The event is scheduled April 14, 2015 and is geared towards students in grades 1-5.  The objective of the fair is to develop interest in STEM by leveraging the extensive talent base of Hanscom personnel. Teams of 4-6 students are paired with a small team of coaches/advisors.  Over the course of 4 weeks, the coaches share a topic in the science or technology field and help the children develop an experiment or project.  The students then present their project at the HPS Science Fair in April 2014.  Volunteer as an individual or with a couple of your colleagues.  If you're interested in volunteering or have an innovative idea, please an email to Mike McGivern at mcgivernm@hotmail.com.

Nominations sought for civilian award
Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 60th Annual Department of Defense Civilian Service Award. This is the highest award presented to a DoD career civilian employee whose career reflect exceptional devotion to duty and extremely significant contributions of broad scope to the efficiency, economy or other improvements in the operation of the department. Each major command, field operating agency and direct reporting unit may submit only one nomination. Organizations and base-level personnel mist contact their major command, combatant command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense dates and additional information regarding nomination procedures. Nominations are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Feb. 24.

Personal Goal-Setting for a Healthy Lifestyle
Start 2015 off right during the Civilian Health Promotion Services Personal Goal-Setting for a Healthy Lifestyle class scheduled Jan. 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Building 1540. Does it really take just 21 days to form a new habit? In this class, staff will discuss common health-related goals, some simple science behind how habits can make or break the success of reaching a goal and learn several tips and tactics for keeping and reaching goals and resolutions. Participants will learn how to do the following: Name common health-related goals and resolutions; explore how habits affect success; describe tactics for sticking with goals and resolutions; and learn how to write a S.M.A.R.T. goal. For further information or to register, contact Orlagh Pawlyk at 781-225-6377.

Tax volunteers needed
The Hanscom Retiree Activities Office is looking for qualified volunteers to assist service members with their 2015 tax filing. Those interested will assist with completing and filing. If interested in volunteering one day a week, contact retired Lt. Col. Ed Omiccioli at 781-225-1310.

Train to be a tax volunteer
Learn to prepare taxes and make a difference at the same time.  You will receive training to provide free tax help for active duty service members, dependents and retirees.  As a volunteer you will first receive training and then begin volunteering at the Massachusetts National Guard Satellite Tax office in Building 1305.  For more information contact Capt. Caludine DeCorato at claudine.decorato.1@us.af.mil

Scholarships for military children offered
Applications for the 2015-2016 school-year awards become available starting Dec. 15 at the Hanscom Commissary or at www.militaryscholar.org. Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 - or 23 if enrolled as a fulltime student at a college or university - of a service member on active duty, Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree. Applications must be turned in to the Commissary by close of business Feb. 13, 2015. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed or faxed. Applicants should ensure they and their sponsors are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, and have a military ID card. For further information, students or sponsors should contact scholarship managers at 856-616-9311 or email at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

HSC Scholarship Applications
The Hanscom Spouses Club scholarship applications are now available on the HSC website at www.hanscomsc.org. HSC offers two different scholarships: one for graduating high school seniors and the other for spouses who are pursuing their first college degree. The scholarships are merit based and awarded to students who demonstrate scholarship, citizenship, leadership and diversity of interests. Anyone with questions regarding the HSC Scholarship Program may contact Kathy Dunklee at scholarship@hanscomsc.org. The application deadline is March 15.

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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