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Hanscom Spouses Club scholarships offered
The Hanscom Spouses Club announced that it will offer merit-based scholarships to students who demonstrate scholarship, community service, leadership, volunteerism and a diversity of interests. 

Scholarship recipients are selected annually through a panel of impartial judges. The intent of these scholarships is to support graduating high school seniors and spouses of members of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, including dependents of Reservists or National Guard whose sponsor must have been activated during the given school year for a minimum of 120 days and is able to provide a copy of their orders at time of application submission).

The scholarship application is available on the HSC website at www.hanscomsc.org. For further information, email the the HSC Scholarship Committee at scholarship@hanscomsc.org.


Air Force Athlete of the year nominations sought
Nominations for the Air Force Military Athlete of the Year are due before Feb. 26. The program allows the Air Force to recognize outstanding male and female athletes and highlight their athletic performance and accomplishments throughout the last year.

Nomination packets must include background information on each candidate, as well as full name, military address, home address, home phone number, work phone number and a photograph of the member. If a nomination is not submitted in the specified format, it will be rejected. Nomination packets can be picked up at installation fitness centers. Each installation is limited to one male and one female candidate. The force support squadron will submit the top contenders from their base to the Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services.

For further information, contact the Hanscom Fitness and Sports Center at 781-225-6630.


Commissary scholarships offered
Applications for the 2021-2022 scholarships for military children is underway at the Hanscom Commissary or at www.militaryscholar.org. Only students who possess a valid (not expired) U.S. Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card and whose parent(s) are serving in or retired from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard may apply for a scholarship. A total of 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded.

Applications must be turned in to the Commissary by close of business Feb. 17. For further information, students or sponsors should contact scholarship managers at 856-616-9311 or email at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.


66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed Feb. 4 for readiness training, Feb. 12 for an Air Force Materiel Command family day and Feb. 15 in observance of President's 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 Shipping, Receiving warehouse increases hours
The 66th Logistic Readiness Squadron Shipping and Receiving warehouse is accepting non-essential inbound and outbound shipments. Warehouse officials have increased the hours of operation to include Monday, 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.


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


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.