UNITE funds now available for dependent use

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Now through mid-December 2023, unit leaders here can opt to use UNITE funds to include dependents in approved unit events.

The program provides funding to squadron-level leaders to build cohesion between personnel within their unit through activity-based recreational events.

UNITE covers event costs for Air Force active duty, Reserve, and both appropriated and non-appropriated fund civilian employees.

Courtney Cann, Hanscom’s community cohesion coordinator (C3), said that while the overall funding available for a unit does not change.

The program grants $13.50 per person assigned to a unit. Funding is based on the UNITE event attendance, not total money available.

“A unit of 30 people assigned would have a maximum budget of $405,” said Cann. “If some unit members decide not to participate, the remaining budget can now be used to cover the costs of including spouses and children or other dependents, up to the maximum budget.”

Cann said the change was made by the Air Force Services Center to encourage units to utilize their funding and give leaders additional flexibility to take care of their people.

“Maybe a unit could really benefit from family time incorporated into the cohesion event,” she said. “That would be for the unit leader to determine.”

Cann said that previous successful UNITE events hosted by units here included bowling and golf packages offered through the 66th Force Support Squadron, as well as off-base events such as escape rooms, mini golf, high ropes courses, and indoor beach volleyball.

“This is funding for leaders to use in strengthening their team’s connection, and we encourage all units to take advantage of it,” she said.

To utilize UNITE funds, unit leaders should work through their designated UNITE point of contact to submit a request.

All events must be pre-approved by the C3 and AFSVC. Funding is not to use for holiday parties, end of year events, balls, banquets, trainings, changes of command, retirements or promotions, or any gifts or prizes.

“I can personally attest to the importance of having a chance to connect with coworkers and build those relationships,” said Cann. “Taking the time to utilize UNITE has made us a stronger team.”

For additional information regarding Hanscom UNITE, or to inquire about a UNITE POC, email Courtney.Cann@us.af.mil.