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Alternate traffic pattern planned April 18-19
Base officials will open the gate near Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT Gate) beginning at 3 p.m. on April 18 and 19 to help divert traffic from ongoing construction on Hartwell Ave. The Ruiz Gate will remain open. 

Personnel using the MIT Gate are asked to avoid using Barksdale Street, but instead use Grenier Street and Randolph Road to exit through this gate. Travelers using the MIT Gate to depart for the day must make a right-hand turn onto Wood Street. Officials recommend that all personnel going to Bedford use the Sartain Gate.


Education Center hours change
Officials announced that the hours for academic counseling at the Hanscom Education and Training Center have changed. Effective April 16, anyone interested in meeting with an academic counselor may do so at the following times: Monday, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only; Tuesday walk-in appointments from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday walk-ins from 8 a.m. to noon.

To schedule an appointment, email Hanscom.TA@us.af.mil or leave a message at 781-225-5942.


Central Plant outage notice
A scheduled outage is planned on Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, at the Central Plant. The outage is necessary in order to perform equipment maintenance and repairs. Locations that receive steam, hot water or chilled water from the Central Plant will be without these utilities for the duration of the outage. Warm showers will be available at the Sports and Fitness Center during their normal operating hours for those without hot water.

The following facilities will be without hot water: Buildings 1510 and 1511. The following facilities will have a limited amount of hot water supplied by back-up solar or electric water heaters: Buildings 1412, 1414, 1423, 1425, 1426, 1427, 1428 and 1618. The following facilities will not have cooling: Buildings 1102, 1105, 1107, 1108, 1109, 1152, and 1305. 

Any concerns about a facility or special needs during the outage should be made to the Civil Engineering Project Manager Leo Shortsleeve, Central Plant manager, at 781-225-3938 or Roy Wimbish, Infrastructure System superintendent, at 781-225-5536. 


66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed May 2 for readiness training and May 24 for an Air Force Materiel Command family day and May 27 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, 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 https://www.hanscom.af.mil/Units/66th-Medical-Squadron/.


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.


EAP counseling
Hanscom's Employee Assistance Program provides a confidential, free counseling service on a wide range of wellness and work-life concerns for Hanscom’s Department of Defense civilian employees. Contact Ina Bachman at 1-800-222-0364 for an appointment.


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.html.

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


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.


JPPSO-NE services, availability
The JPPSO Northeast customer service department is available to assist with personal property movement needs Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During service hours, technicians are available to assist with the following:

Clarifying entitlements

Updating customer records

Assisting with shipment delivery (Note: not all deliveries can be scheduled early in the morning as some commercial companies do not open for business until 8 a.m.)

  • Coordinating delivery date changes
  • Tracing shipments (shipment whereabouts)
  • Privately owned vehicle guidance
  • Non-temporary (permanent) storage guidance on extending and releasing property
  • Temporary storage guidance
  • Claims guidance and points of contact
  • Furnish documentation (bill of ladings and inventories)
  • Provide carrier and agent contact information
  • Time limit extension guidance (retiree or separating)

Customers should keep JPPSO abreast of their current contact information at all times to facilitate shipment and storage information.

Customers can access detailed key shipping information, links and other key information on the Department of Defense Household Goods Portal at www.move.mil.  

For more information, call 781-225-3700 or 800-235-7776. Those interested may also visit Building 1240 or call them at 781-225-5915 or 781-225-6399. JPPSO is staffed between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.



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.


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.

For those interested, visit AFMC Wellness Support Center at www.AFMCwellness.com to complete the assessment.