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Posted 4/14/2014   Updated 10/20/2014 Email story   Print story


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

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 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.

Flu vaccines
The 66th Medical Squadron has received limited quantities of flu vaccine for patients enrolled to the Hanscom Clinic. Currently the clinic is providing flu shots to children age 2 and under and adults 65 and older. The clinic may also provide a flu shot to those that are pregnant. Simply stop by the clinic and select immunizations at the check-in kiosk in the lobby. For dependents and retirees, those interested may also obtain a flu vaccine at no cost from a network pharmacy.  To learn more or to locate a participating pharmacy, visit http://www.express-scripts.com/TRICARE/pharmacy/. Check the 66 MDS Facebook page for up-to-date information on flu vaccine availability. https://www.facebook.com/pages/AFMS-Hanscom-66th-Medical-Squadron/262127890474100

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.

Construction Project Notification
This serves as a Notice of Traffic Interruption for a steam and condensate project scheduled to begin Oct. 23 and continue through Dec. 18. Work is expected along Chennault and Forbes Street near Building 1614. To accomplish this work, one lane of traffic will periodically be closed on Chennault Street and at the Forbes Street entrances to the parking lots at 1614.  During the workday Forbes Street will be narrowed, but 2-way traffic will be maintained.  At the end of the workday, steel plates will be placed over the trenches to allow full flow on the streets and into the parking lots.  The contractor will provide a worker to direct traffic through the lane restriction on Chennault Street. For further information on the construction project, contact Karl berg at 781-225-2978.

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.

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 through early spring. For further information on the construction project, contact Raymond Ralls at 781-225-5360.

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. Effective now, 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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