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66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 for Air Force Materiel Command Family Days and Dec. 25 for Christmas and Jan. 1 for New Years Day. 

The clinic will offer same day care by appointment only from 8 to 11 a.m. for all patients enrolled to the Hanscom Clinic and the call center will be open from 7 to 11 a.m. to meet your same day needs. The Pharmacy will be available for pick-up only (prescriptions previously activated and ready for pick-up). Hard-copy prescriptions and e-scripts can be activated for pick-up after noon on the next duty 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.

For further information visit the 66th Medical Squadron online at http://www.hanscom.af.mil/units/clinic/index.asp and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AFMS-Hanscom-66th-Medical-Squadron/262127890474100


Holiday week Commissary hours
The Commissary will be open the following hours: Monday, Dec. 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 24, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dec. 25, closed.; Thursday, Dec. 26, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 27, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 28, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Commissary will resume regular hours Dec. 30 through Jan. 5, expect the store will be closed on Jan. 1.

For further information, contact the Commissary at 781-377-4210.


Hanscom chapel to host Christmas Eve service
The Catholic parish will have a Christmas Eve service and children’s program at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 at the base chapel. There will be no services on Dec. 25.

For further information, contact the base chapel at 781-225-5501.


66th Medical Squadron restructuring
In an effort to enhance the 66th Air Base Group’s medical readiness posture, while still maintaining committed to patient centered healthcare, the 66th Medical Squadron will be realigning provider empanelments. Although this restructure may drive primary care manager change, personnel can expect the same quality care from your patient centered medical home. This restructure will occur in two phases.  The first restructuring phase will be completed by Dec. 31 and the second restructuring phase will be completed next summer. 

For further information, contact the group practice manager at 781-225-6402 with any questions regarding this realignment.


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.html.

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


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
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.