Hanscom Air Force Base

Hanscom's host unit is the 66th Air Base Group, which is part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center. The men and women of the 66th Air Base Group secure, support and sustain more than 10,000 active duty, Reserve and National Guard military personnel and Department of Defense civilians, contractors who work and live at Hanscom Air Force Base. Additionally, they support approximately 130,000 retired military personnel, annuitants and spouses living in the six-state New England area and New York area.

Hanscom is also home to three Air Force Program Executive Offices (PEOs): The PEO for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks (C3I&N); PEO Digital; and the Nuclear Command, Control and Communications (NC3) PEO. The C3I&N directorate is responsible for more than 2,600 personnel and acquisition execution of a $15.1 billion portfolio developing, producing, deploying and sustaining Department of the Air Force joint and coalition cyberspace capabilities, aerial and terrestrial networks, cryptologic systems, electronic warfare, data weaponization, kill chain technologies and integration, information technology infrastructure, software platforms and factories, cloud services, combat communications, force protection systems, data link systems, and special projects to enable decisive combat operations. The PEO for Digital leads more than 3,500 Airmen, government civilians and support contractors in the acquisition execution of a $19 billion FYDP portfolio of ACAT, non-ACAT, technology transition and Foreign Military Sales programs. The PEO for NC3 Systems executes a portfolio of 17 programs valued at $14B over the FYDP that provide survivable and endurable communications for the nuclear enterprise. Additionally, the directorate is responsible for integrating over 60 individual nuclear command and control communications systems that underpin and enable nuclear deterrent operations.

The Program Executive Office for Presidential & Executive Airlift headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, also has a significant presence at Hanscom.  The Survivable Airborne Operations Division, with more than 80 people, is located here and working to acquire a replacement Weapon System for the ageing E-4B, National Airborne Operations Center. The E-4B NAOC is a key component of the National Military Command System for the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In addition, Hanscom also hosts other units, including the Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, and services myriad others throughout the region.

Hanscom by the Numbers

Economic Impact

* Total Economic Impact - $6.03 billion

FY16 Contract Expenditures - $4 billion

Total Gross Salary - $395 million

Total Employment
Total Workforce - 10,306
- Active Duty - 899
- Mass. National Guard - 400
- LCMC Civilians - 1,743
- DOD Civilian - 555
- Non-Appropriated Fund Civilians- 170
- Non-DOD Civilian - 92
- Contractors - 2,208
- MIT Lincoln Lab - 4,058

* Secondary Jobs Created - 10,050

Acreage - 846 acres
Square Feet of Space - 4 million
Other Buildings - 155

Privatized Housing
731 homes

Occupancy breakout:
- Air Force - 41 percent
- Army - 19 percent
- Coast Guard - 13 percent
- Marines - 6.5 percent
- DOD Civilians - 8.5 percent
- Navy - 6 percent
- Retired military - 5 percent
- National Guard - 0.5 percent
- Reserve - 0.5 percent

Massachusetts National Guard Joint Force Headquarters
For further information, visit https://www.massnationalguard.org/.


* Data on the total economic impact and number of secondary, or indirect, jobs from Hanscom was taken from "An Economic Contribution Analysis and Overview of Massachusetts Military Installations" from UMass Donahue Institute Economic and Public Policy Research.

(Editor's note: Salary and employment data current as of April 2021.)