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Click and swipe your way to nearly anything Hanscom

Click and swipe your way to nearly anything Hanscom

Hanscom officials this week launched AF Connect, a new mobile app that provides personnel with information about events happening on base, the most-up-to-date news, local resources and much more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Maki)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Hanscom officials launched a new mobile app this week that provides personnel with information about events happening on base, the most-up-to-date news, local resources and much more.

“Mobile apps are designed to make life easier for people of all walks of life by providing useful, simple access to information on their mobile devices,” said Col. Chad Ellsworth, installation commander. “We think this free app will help anyone who comes to Hanscom Air Force Base stay better connected with the base community.”

Ellsworth said he plans to use the push notification within the app as an additional way to reach members of the community in the event of base closure or delays due to inclement weather.

iPhone users may download the app via the Apple App Store. Android users can download at Google Play. Once downloaded, users should then select Hanscom Air Force Base when prompted from the Favorites portal. Once selected, users can then swipe left from the U.S. Air Force Connect home screen to see the Hanscom AFB platform.

Features offered include a base directory, push notifications and the opportunity for users to pair a Common Access Card reader via their personal mobile device to login securely to websites such as the AF Portal, MyPay and webmail.

“The easy-to-use app enhances our ability to connect people with basic information about the base as well as the latest news and happenings,” said Chuck Paone, 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs director. “The app provides an additional, convenient tool that we hope will complement other established platforms, including the Hanscom public website, Facebook and Twitter.”

The Air Force-wide mobile app enables, engages and empowers users through increased access to up-to-date information. In addition to providing Hanscom-specific information, the sub-apps feature allows users to connect with Air Force Materiel Command and Air Force, as well as other installations across the Air Force that are also using the app.

Users can add up to 10 organizations to their favorites, making it easy to get the information they need anytime, anywhere, from the palm of their hands.

The app was the brainchild of four Airmen at Air Force Reserve Command.

For further information about the app, email the 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs Office at Hanscom.Hansconian@us.af.mil.