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‘Above and Beyond Six’ Feet welcomes deployers home

Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, and her husband, Charlie, welcome home Air Force deployers during the Rally in the Alley on Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., July 23. The event is part of the eleventh annual Heroes Homecoming, which will be streamed live from the installation as “Above and Beyond Six Feet” July 29. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)

Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, and her husband, Charlie, welcome home Air Force deployers during the Rally in the Alley on Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., July 23. The event is part of the eleventh annual Heroes Homecoming, which will be streamed live over Zoom as “Above and Beyond Six Feet” July 29. (U.S. Air Force photo by Linda LaBonte Britt)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – The Hanscom Heroes Homecoming is taking on a virtual makeover for the 2020 celebration here as part of a livestream production called “Above and Beyond Six Feet,” July 29.

For the last ten years, base officials have celebrated Air Force deployers who have returned home during the year with a parade, barbeque and community celebration. Keeping social distancing guidelines in mind, organizers have reformatted the occasion into a virtual event.

“Our objective is to recognize our people and let them know we appreciate what they do,” said Bobby Jacques, 66th Air Base Group Executive Services chief and organizer for the event.

“Above and Beyond Six Feet” is designed as a variety show, and will feature messages from base leaders, interviews with returned deployers, shout-outs from around the community, and photos of the deployers.

Viewers can watch the live event on Zoom, July 29 at 2 p.m. The meeting number is 161 585 4277, and the passcode is 567264.

“We hope everyone can tune in and support this innovative way to recognize our Airmen,” said Col. Katrina Stephens, installation commander, in a message to Team Hanscom. “It’s shaping up to be an outstanding production.”

Jacques said his team had to get creative with the planning, but the work is always worth it to support the men and women of Hanscom.

“The more recognition you can give, the more people feel good, which is especially important in times like these,” said Jacques. “When we feel like people care about us, we can push ourselves above and beyond.”