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

Thanksgiving Commissary hours
The Commissary hours during the Thanksgiving week, Nov. 22 through 28, is as follows: Sunday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 26, closed; Friday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cradles to Crayons diaper drive
The Company Grade Officers Council is sponsoring a Combined Federal Campaign drive for the Cradles to Crayons charity through Dec. 1. Drop-off locations are at the Army and Air Force Exchange and Commissary. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school and play. For further information, contact Staff Sgt. Paige Belin at 781-225-6173.

AFA outstanding AF civilian employee nominations due
Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employee of the Year. The AFA will recognize AF civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories: All federal wage system employees, program specialists in grades GS-1 to GS-11, program manager in grades GS-12 and GS-13, senior program manager in grades GS-14 and GS-15.

Organizations and base-level personnel must contact their major command, field operating agency or direct reporting unit for applicable suspense dates and additional information regarding the nomination process. Completed nomination packages are due to the Air Force personnel Center by Jan. 8.

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 be asked to assist retirees with information concerning retiree benefits. If interested in volunteering, contact retired Lt. Col. Ed Omiccioli at 781-225-1310.

66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: The clinic will close Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving and Nov. 27 as an Air Force Material Command Family Day. 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. 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. For further information visit the 66th Medical Squadron online at http://www.hanscom.af.mil/units/clinic/index.asp and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AFMS-Hanscom-66th-Medical-Squadron/262127890474100.

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.

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 service members 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/.

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.

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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