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Posted 12/16/2014   Updated 2/23/2015 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.

66th Medical Squadron closures
In addition to the first Friday of every month, the 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy is scheduled to be closed March 6 for Readiness training. 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.

Tax preparation services
The Hanscom Exchange has teamed up with H&R Block to offer tax services to the base community. The H&R Block office is located in the Main Store Complex. Services are available through April 16. The hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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 month, or more, contact retired Lt. Col. Ed Omiccioli at 781-225-1310.

Radiology closure
As a result of a continuing modernization project at the Hanscom Clinic, radiology services will not be available beginning Feb. 17. Services are scheduled to resume in May 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.

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. Claudine DeCorato at claudine.decorato.1@us.af.mil. 

Applications now accepted for AFAS grants
Applications are now being accepted for the Air Force Aid Society Gen. Henry H. Arnold Grant Program 2015-2016 school year. Eligible spouses and children wishing to apply must do so online at www.afas.org. Application deadline is March 13, 2015 with recipient announcements expected in June. The Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program provides $2,000 grants to children of active duty, Title 10 Active Guard Reserve, Title 32 AGR performing fulltime active duty, retired, retired reserve and deceased AF members; stateside spouses of active duty members and Title 10 AGR/Reservist; and surviving spouses of deceased personnel for their undergraduate studies. For further information, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 781-225-2765.

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.

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.

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.

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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