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

Attaché duty applications due by June
Active-duty staff sergeants through senior master sergeants interested in attaché duty opportunities with international affairs teams around the world must submit their applications by June 15, to be considered.

The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs is accepting applications for enlisted defense attaché specialists at 23 locations, with tour lengths ranging from 12-36 months. Enlisted attaché support positions include operations coordinator and operations NCO. Duties include managing logistics and administrative support, executing budget requirements, working various clearances, supervising foreign national staff and direct support for distinguished guest visits. For more information visit myPers.

Construction project notification
This notice serves as notification of a traffic interruption for steam and condensate project work from the Central Plant and crossing Grenier Street at Randolph Road scheduled to run June 1-10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. To accomplish this work, the road will need to be closed while a trench is excavated, the old pipe is removed, and the new pipe is installed.  The trench will remain open until the full length of pipe is installed and is tested.  The road will be closed, and detour signs posted, only when there is work underway in that section of the trench.  The rest of the time it will be covered with steel plates.  The trench will always be plated over and the road opened outside of the normal work hours. For further information, contact Karl Berg at 781-225-2978.

Electrical utility outage notification
This notice serves as notification of an electrical utility outage scheduled May 27-28 from 11 p.m. to 12 midnight. The outage is in order to replace failing components within the distribution system. Facilities affected are as follows: Buildings 1550, 1549, 1548, 1600, 1603, 1605, 1608, 1609, 1610, 1612, 1614, 1700, 1707, 1709, 1710, 1712, 1714, 1715, 1720, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1725, 1726, 1900, 1993, 1994 and 15005. For those facilities that do not have an emergency generator backup, and emergency power is required to minimally support the mission, may contact Sean Garrity at 781-225-2940.

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.

MBTA free for military members
According to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, or MBTA, military personnel in full uniform or not in uniform have been designated free riders. After showing a valid active duty military ID, free riders will be allowed free entry or issued a "refund" (one-way) CharlieTicket for entry through fare gates. For further information on the MBTA, visit www.mbta.com, or contact MBTA Customer Support Services at 617-222-3200.

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.

66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: May 22 for an Air Force Materiel Command Family Day and May 25 in observance of Memorial 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 www.hanscom.af.mil/units/clinic/index.asp and on Facebook at http://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.

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.

Radiology closure
As a result of a continuing modernization project at the Hanscom Clinic, radiology services is not available through June 2015. During this time, patients requiring radiology services will be referred to a network provider. 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.

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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