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For further information, contact Public Affairs at 781-225-1685.

 

Electrical utility outage notification
This notice serves as notification of an electrical utility outage scheduled April 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The outage will take place in order to demo existing medium voltage conductors as part of Building 1102 renovation project. If your facility has a generator backup the generator will start once commercial power is lost and its operation will be monitored.

Any concerns about your facility or special needs during the outage should be made to the Civil Engineering Project Manager, Abdessamad Koukou at 781-225-2972 or email Abdessamad.koukou@us.af.mil.

 

Semi-annual Central Plant Outage Notification
The semi-annual central steam plant outage is scheduled May 14 at 5 p.m. to May 16 at 11:59 p.m. to perform equipment maintenance and repairs. Locations that receive steam, hot water, from the Central Plant will be without these utilities for the duration of the outage.

The following facilities may be without heat: Building 1102, 1105, 1106, 1107, 1108, 1109, 1152, 1208, 1210, 1211, 1212, 1216, 1305, 1412, 1414, 1423, 1425, 1427, 1435, 1503, 1507, 1508, 1510, 1511, 1515, 1520, 1521, 1530, 1531, 1534, 1538, 1606, 1607, 1609, 1612, 1614, 1618, 1624, 1630, 1639, 1642, 1646, 1700, 1707, 1715, 1718, 1720, 1721, 1722, 1723, 1725, 1726, 1728 and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Campus. Building 1305 will be without hot water. The following facilities will have a limited amount of hot water supplied by back-up solar or electric water heaters: Building 1412, 1414, 1423, 1425, 1427, 1428 and 1618. The following facilities will not have cooling: Building 1102, 1105, 1107, 1108, 1109 1152, and 1305 (with the exception of the Command Post).

Any concerns or special needs should be coordinated in advance with the Civil Engineering Plant Manager, Leo Shortsleeve at 781-225-3938 or Infrastructure System Superintendent Joshua Hussey at 781-860-2930.

 

66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed closed May 6 for readiness training and May 28 for an Air Force Materiel Command Family Day and May 31 for 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. 

 

LRS Cargo Movement Section hours
The 66th Logistic Readiness Squadron Cargo Movement Section is accepting non-essential inbound and outbound shipments. The hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

To coordinate pick-up or delivery of inbound shipments at Building 1110, customers should email 66lrs.lgrddc.cargo@us.af.mil or call 781-225-5838 during the above business hours.

 

EFMP program support offered
The Exceptional Family Member Program provides non-medical casework for exceptional family members. An exceptional family member is a DEERS enrolled dependent who has a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional-psychological condition that requires ongoing specialized medical or educational services.

The EFMP family support coordinator assists EFMP families get ready for a change of station move, answer questions about respite care, provide assistance with schools or help families look for local resources. The coordinator is also available to assist military members of all branches of service including the National Guard, Reserve and federal civilians with all of their non-medical EFMP needs.

To contact the Hanscom EFMP, email 66.FSS.FSFR.CMB@us.af.mil.

 
Info on Service Members’ Civil Relief Act Information
As traditional permanent change of station season approaches or service members prepare to deploy, challenges often surface when trying to secure housing or storing personal property. In response to these challenges unique to military service, Congress enacted the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, to relieve some of those burdens. 

Service members may decide to use storage facilities to store personal property. Accordingly, among its many protections, SCRA prevents storage companies from selling a service member’s property while deployed without a court order, even if the member is in default. In addition, SCRA caps pre-service debt at a 6 percent interest rate, protects service members from default legal judgments when they cannot appear in court due to military service, and provides the ability to terminate certain residential leases early

For further information on SCRA protections, contact the Legal Office at 781-225-1410 or by email at 66ABG.JA.Workflow@us.af.mil.

 

School Liaison Program
The Hanscom school liaison is available to coordinate and assist military and Defense Department civilian parents with school-age children with educational opportunities and information necessary to succeed in an academic environment. For further information on the school liaison program or for information on any of the local schools, visit https://www.hanscomfss.com/school-liaison-office.  

 

Pre-separation counseling
Weekly sessions take place on most Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. for separating and retiring service members to complete the mandatory DD Form 2648, Preseparation Counseling Checklist. The checklist provides critical information about benefits, resources and services for the transition from military to civilian life. By law, this counseling must be provided at least 90 days prior to date of separation or retirement. For further information, call the A&FRC at 781-225-2765.

 

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.