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Posted 12/16/2014   Updated 12/19/2014 Email story   Print story


12/16/2014 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- 66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: Dec. 25 for Christmas and Dec. 26 for 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

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 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.

Christmas Week Commissary hours
The Commissary hours during Christmas week, Dec. 21 through 27, is as follows: Sunday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday,  Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 25 and 26 closed; Saturday, Dec. 27, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 (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.

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 week, contact retired Lt. Col. Ed Omiccioli at 781-225-1310.

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

Scholarships for military children offered
Applications for the 2015-2016 school-year awards become available starting Dec. 15 at the Hanscom Commissary or at www.militaryscholar.org. Applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 - or 23 if enrolled as a fulltime student at a college or university - of a service member on active duty, Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree. Applications must be turned in to the Commissary by close of business Feb. 13, 2015. Packages must be hand-delivered or shipped via U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods, not emailed or faxed. Applicants should ensure they and their sponsors are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, or DEERS, and have a military ID card. For further information, students or sponsors should contact scholarship managers at 856-616-9311 or email at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

Construction Project Notification
This serves as a Notice of Traffic Interruption for a steam and condensate project scheduled through December. 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.

Construction projects impact sidewalks
This serves as a notice of construction on base from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the year. The sidewalk across the street from Building 1305 will be extended to the corner of Bestic and Schilling. An additional sidewalk will be constructed from the Hartwell Gate to connect with a sidewalk near Building 1305. In addition, the sidewalk from Barksdale to Building 1435 will be closed for repair. The lighting along with walk will be replaced. For further information on this project, contact Charles Emmons at 781-225-2946.

Skywatch Pads installed
This serves as a notice of construction on base Nov. 12 through Dec. 31 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Construction will take place at each gate to install concrete pads. To accomplish this work, the sidewalk crossing the landscaped median near the Vandenberg gate will be closed and one lane of traffic in each direction will periodically be closed. Closure of lanes near the Hartwell Gate can be expected periodically. Full flow of traffic will be restored at the end of the workday. For further information on this project, contact Charles Emmons at 781-225-2946.

Intersection construction projects scheduled
This serves as a notice of traffic interruption. Beginning Nov. 12 and continuing through December, excavation work will be done at the intersections of Grenier and Randolph Streets, Arnold and Merritt Streets, Eglin and Griffiss Streets and on Patrick Loop. Traffic will be disrupted during the duty day to allow for the operation of equipment. Normal traffic patterns will resume at the end of the duty day. For further information on this project, contact Charles Emmons at 781-225-2946.

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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