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Patriot of the Week


Name: Randall Hatem

Duty Title: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Acquisition Center of Excellence Functional operations manager  

Hometown:  Hudson, New Hampshire

Why I Serve? I had just graduated from high school and I knew I wanted to serve my country. I loved the aircraft and the concept of airpower that they represented. As a result, I chose to serve in the U.S. Air Force. After 23 years of active duty service, I retired but still wanted to continue my love affair with Air Force. I was fortunate to join the ranks of the Department of the Air Force Civil Service here at Hanscom in 2010, and have been enjoying every minute since.

Best Air Force Memory: My best memory was when I was hired as an Air Force civilian, which is a very competitive process. I was excited to make it through being selected and hired. I was proud to know I could continue serving my nation and the Air Force for many years to come.

How does the nominee contribute to your unit’s mission? 

Randy serves as the Acquisition Excellence Directorate’s operations manager at Operating Location-Hanscom and supports a team of 30 personnel, including support to the AFLCMC Logistics Functional Management Team.

We refer to Randy as our “director of first impressions,” as he’s our primary interface to the installation staff, external stakeholders and the front offices of Hanscom’s senior leaders.

In addition to his responsibilities for the execution of our office’s internal controls, which include supply management, IT support, defense travel card management, time cards and tasking and suspense management, Randy integrates the operations of the OL with those of the local directorates, support to geographically separated units and the AQ Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

During the on-going COVID-19 health emergency, Randy is our COVID-19 Return to Full Capacity focal point. He has ensured that the workforce has safe workspaces and stay well informed of all COVID-19 activities and information.

Randy’s attention to details, thorough planning and coordination with stakeholders and installation offices and readiness to help others has ensured that AQ is in the forefront of supporting the workforce. (Patrick Marr)