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Exchange runs college scholarships contest
Military students who shine in the classroom and serve their communities can earn cash for college by sharing their stories in an essay contest sponsored by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Unilever.

Four winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Military students can enter the essay contest through Sept. 27.

Entry forms can be obtained at Exchange locations worldwide or online at www.ShopMyExchange.com/sweepstakes. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Sept. 27 and received by no later than Oct. 15. Winners will be selected on or about Oct. 29.

For further information, visit https://www.dvidshub.net/news/290739/military-kids-can-win-20000-college-scholarships-exchange-unilever.

Parking lot closure notification
The parking lot behind Building 1600 is scheduled for closure in order to demolish Building 1600 and construct a new parking area.

Any concerns should be made to Gregory Covington, 66th Civil Engineering Division project manager, at 781-225-6049 or by email at gregory.covington@us.af.mil.

66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed Oct. 4 for medical readiness training and Oct. 8 for the Columbus Day holiday. 

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.  

Construction notification
Work has begun along Grenier Street that includes digging of a trench beside the road. This work will take about three weeks to complete.

Work will begin around Sept. 24 and take place across Randolph Street by the Central Plant. A detour will be in place for about two weeks while this work is done. The detour will direct traffic around Tinker Loop. A trench across Randolph Street will be deep and wide, so officials cannot safely cover the area during off hours. The detour will be 24/7 for the two week period.

Related work will begin around Oct. 8 and connect the former Air Force Research Laboratory buildings to the new sewer line. This work will always leave one lane of traffic open, with a person to direct traffic. There will be a requirement to block off parking in the areas beside the buildings. Phase 3 is scheduled for approximately three weeks. 

Questions may be directed to Dan Doherty at 781-225-5360 or Karl Berg at 781-225-2978.  

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.

Vanpools in search of riders
Recently the Hanscom Commuter Management Office expanded the number of van pool options for members of the workforce following the results of a commuter survey earlier this year. The team now offers 48 van pools and many available opportunities for members of the Hanscom workforce.

For those interested in participating in the commuting program are encouraged to visit https://cs.eis.afmc.af.mil/sites/Hanscom/commuter/default.aspx or contact Robert Spelfogel at 781-225-6913 or Scott Sheehan at 781-225-6144.

RAO Volunteers needed
The Hanscom Retiree Activities office located in Building 1305 is looking for volunteers to provide information and assistance to the retiree community. Volunteers will also assist retirees with information concerning retiree benefits. If interested in volunteering, contact the Retiree Activity office at 781-225-1310.

For more information, visit the RAO webpage at http://www.hanscom.af.mil/About-Us/Retiree-Activities-Office/.

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.

Interested in submitting a news article?
Public Affairs is always looking for news and information directly related to the Hanscom Air Force Base mission and the men and women assigned here. Typical stories include significant events, program milestones or unique experiences.

Because the Public Affairs Office needs to follow specific style guidelines and formats, and the fact that explaining Hanscom’s complex acquisition mission to a lay audience can be challenging, it’s usually better to work with PA directly on articles.

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

Base theater movie listings and show times
For the most up to date movie listings at the base theater, visit http://www.aafes.com/exchange-stores/Movie-Guide/showtimes-Hanscom-AFB.htm.

The theater opens 30 minutes before first showing. For further information, call 781-377-7940.

Health Risk Assessment
A Health Risk Assessment is a free online-personalized health assessment available to civilian employees to identify potential health risks and strategies to avoid them. By examining health-related behavior and history, an HRA can provide insight into an employee’s health and wellness.

To receive a free travel mug, civilians are encouraged to complete the HRA. For those interested, visit AFMC Wellness Support Center at www.AFMCwellness.com to complete the assessment.