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Status of gates during Phase 2A
As Hanscom AFB enters Phase 2A of its COVID-19 return to full capacity plan, base officials remind everyone that the Ruiz Gate (Hartwell Ave) is not projected to open immediately. The Sartain Gate (Vandenberg Drive) will remain open.

The impacts of DoD mission sets along with COVID-19 restrictions have generated changes in operations, according to base Security Forces. They will continually review various criteria for base access expansion and timing to best support the entire Hanscom AFB community.

 

Traffic interruption notice on Schilling Circle
Vehicle traffic will temporarily be interrupted on Schilling Circle from Buildings 1307 to 1303 beginning July 24 through Aug. 28 to replace underground sewer lines. Vehicle access is still permitted but may result in minor delays.

For further information, contact the 66th Civil Engineering Division at 781-225-5917.

 

Temporary parking interruption at AAFES parking lot
This notice serves as notification that a contractor will begin installing gas pumps and renovating the front of the Main Exchange now through Nov. 30. According to base civil engineers, vehicle access is still permitted but fencing will surround construction area in the front of the complex and in an additional area near the Hanscom Federal Credit Union. Parking in the area directly in front of the Main Exchange is not available. Entry and exit to parking lot is not effected. 

For further information, contact the 66th Civil Engineering Division at 781-225-2946.

 

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.

 

New COVID-19 policy extends some ID card benefits
Department of Defense Military Personnel Flights are extending Uniformed Service ID cards expiring on or after Jan. 1, 2020, and authorizing continued benefit use through Sept. 30, 2020, to comply with recent Under Secretary of Defense guidance.

Retirees, dependents, 100 percent disabled veterans and other eligible individuals whose affiliation is unchanged may take advantage of this new policy. Mobilized Reservists and their eligible dependents are also authorized to use their Reserve USID cards to retain active-duty benefits.

For more information regarding DoD CAC and USID cards, visit www.cac.mil/Coronavirus. For updates on Hanscom’s COVID-19 response, visit www.hanscom.af.mil/Coronavirus/.

 

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.

 

Hanscom Exchange now offers curbside pickup
The Main Exchange here now offers curbside pickup for orders placed online to help Airmen and their families practice good social distancing during COVID-19. The program is an extension of the Exchange’s ‘Buy Online, Pickup In Store’ service.

For further information about the Hanscom Main Exchange, visit ShopMyExchange.com.

 

Health Risk Assessment
Civilian Health Promotion Services provides free resources to help individuals maintain and improve their health and well-being. Services, which includes free wellness screenings and health education classes, are available to federal civilians at Hanscom AFB. Visit the new website at www.USAFwellness.com for an event calendar, tracking tools and more. CHPS is located in Building 1540, which is next to the base theater. 

For more information, call 781-225-6377.

 

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.

 

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.