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


2015 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 at www.hanscom.af.mil/news/story.asp?=id12347.

For further information, contact Bioenvironmental Engineering at 781-225-6366.


AF seeking athletes
Air Force Services Activity is looking for competitive Airmen interested in joining the 2016 Air Force rugby, golf or softball teams. Airmen may submit an application prior to July 15 for the men's rugby, men's and women's golf or men's and women's softball teams by visiting www.myairforcelife.com/sports and completing Air Force Form 303. Athletes selected for specialized training participate in trial camps or department-level Air Force Championship events. For further information, contact Jerry Turnbow at 781-225-6633 or visit the Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center.


LRS fuels station to close on weekends
The 66th Air Base Group has approved the weekend closure of the 66th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Automated Fuels Service Station effective June 24. The decision to close on weekends is the result of limited fuels dispensing at the station on weekends.

The closure will begin at 4 p.m. each Friday and continue through Monday morning at 6 a.m. Customers are encouraged to refuel military (Blue Fleet) and General Services Administration vehicles prior to closing on Friday afternoons. If emergencies require opening the station on weekends, LRS personnel will be available to provide assistance. During the winter season the fuels station will return to 24/7 operations prior to and until conclusion of snow removal operations.

The 66 ABG Command Post is the point of for contact for the Fuels Management Team to request opening of the AFSS when essential. For additional information, contact 781-225-6488 or 781-225-5825.


AFROTC accepting instructor applications for summer 2017
Air Force officials have announced 95 projected Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps detachment instructor vacancies for summer 2017.

Eligible officers include active duty first lieutenants, captains or majors in the line of the Air Force competitive category. Additional eligibility criteria must be met; rated officers and Guard and Reserve officers are not eligible to apply.

Interested officers can search for eligibility and application procedures on the myPers website using the keyword "AFROTC."


66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy is closed the following dates: June 10 and July 1 for readiness training. The clinic is also closed July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July and July 5 for an Air Force Materiel 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.


Nominations sought for 2016 Sijan Award
The Air Force Personnel Center is currently accepting nominations through Aug. 31 for the 2016 Lance P. Sijan U.S. Air Force Leadership Award. The award recognizes the accomplishments of Total Force officers and enlisted leaders who demonstrate the highest qualities of leadership in the performance of their duties and personal conduct.

Nominees will be rated in several areas to include their scope of responsibility, professional leadership and leadership image. The award categories are senior officer, junior officer, senior enlisted and junior enlisted. The award period is July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016, and each major command, forward operating agency or direct reporting unit may submit one nomination in each of the four categories.

The Sijan Award, established in 1981, is named in honor of the late Capt. Lance P. Sijan, the first Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor. A combat pilot, Sijan was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his determination while evading capture by the North Vietnamese and during his subsequent captivity as a Prisoner of War after being shot down Nov. 9, 1967.

For eligibility and application procedures, search "Sijan" on myPers.


AF seeks military service nominations
Air Force officials are accepting nominations through Sept. 12 for the 2016 Government Employees Insurance Company Military Service Awards. The GEICO Military Service Awards recognize enlisted members for contributions to military or civilian communities. The award categories are drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention, and traffic safety and accident prevention. The accident prevention category applies only to vehicle- or motorcycle-related accomplishments. The award period is Oct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016. Contributions may also span a period of several years, be ongoing, or have been accomplished during the award period. For eligibility and application procedures, search "GEICO" on myPers.


24/7 fitness center access expanding
The Fitness and Sports Center will expand its 24/7 fitness access to military retirees following the completion of registration. Those interested must register at the Fitness and Sports Center's front desk prior to participation. For more information, contact the Fitness Center at 781-225-6630.


Vanpools in search of riders
Recently the Hanscom Commuter Management Office expanded the number of van pool options for members of the workforce following the results of a commuter survey earlier this year. The team now offers 48 van pools and many available opportunities for members of the Hanscom workforce.

For those interested in participating in the commuting program are encouraged to visit here or contact Robert Spelfogel at 781-225-6913 or Scott Sheehan at 781-225-6144.


College tutors needed
The Base Education and Training Center is in need of volunteer tutors with base access to assist Airmen that are enrolled in college classes. Tutors are needed for lower level math and humanities classes as well as other subjects. For further information, contact Gay Close at 781-225-5945 or by email at gay.close@us.af.mil.


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 RAO at 781-225-1310.


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.




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