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Tree dedication planned for former CE employee

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Hanscom officials announced that a former 66th Civil Engineering Division employee would have a tree planted in his honor during a ceremony Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at Hanscom Heroes Memorial Park here.

A bronze plaque will display the name of Armand “Ollie” L. Ouellette at the foot of a tree in the park, located beside the base clinic.

“Friends, family and past colleagues of Ollie’s are invited to attend this special event as we fondly remember the contributions he made at Hanscom Air Force Base,” said Bobby Jacques, 66th Air Base Group Executive Services chief and organizer of this event.

Hanscom Heroes Memorial Park, which opened in 1991, recognizes late members of the Hanscom community. With the dedication of this tree next month, the total number honoring former Hanscom military and civilian personnel will be 77.

According to Jacques, officials dedicate up to three trees annually for former employees who have made a significant impact at the base.

“The trees we plant serve as a lasting tribute to the impact each inductee had at Hanscom,” said Jacques.

Ouellette was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1938. He was an Air Force Vietnam veteran who retired from active duty after 20 years.

After retiring from the Air Force, he continued his service as a civilian supervisor of CE’s Roads and Grounds at Hanscom for another 20 years.

“Ollie’s contributions to the base, the community and most of all, to people who lived, worked and played at Hanscom are endless,” said Frank Perry, CE Heavy Repair chief. “He provided leadership and was a mentor to those who worked for him, provided sound advice to those he worked for, and friendship to all who had the pleasure to have known him.”

For further information about the tree dedication ceremony, call Jacques at 781-225-1333.