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News in brief

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  • By 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


Looking for the latest Hanscom news? 
The Hanscom AFB Round-Up provides a comprehensive weekly update of the top news articles, social media posts, and significant information relevant to the 66th Air Base Group, acquisition directorates, and other Hanscom-based units.

If you’d like to subscribe to the Team Hanscom Round-Up, send an e-mail to


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 or by email at


2022 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
This report is an annual summary of the drinking water quality provided by Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Under the Consumer Confidence Reporting Rule of the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act, or SDWA, community water systems are required to report this water quality information to the consuming public annually.

Presented in this report is information on the source of drinking water, where it comes from, its chemical composition, how its quality compares to state and federal standards and the health risks associated with any contaminants present. For those interested in an opportunity for public participation in decisions that may affect the quality of the water, contact the personnel listed in the document linked below on page one, section one. Meetings take place on a non-routine basis or as needed.

Read the full 2022 drinking water report at this link.


EFMP program support offered
The Exceptional Family Member Program provides non-clinical resources and referrals for exceptional family members. An exceptional family member must have an active duty service member in the household and a DEERS enrolled dependent/spouse who meet one or more of the following criteria’s: medical, mental health, assistive needs and or educational. 

The EFMP family support coordinator assists EFMP families prepare for a change of station move, answer questions about respite care, provide assistance with schools or help families look for local resources. The coordinator is also available to assist military members of all branches of service including the National Guard, Reserve and federal civilians with all of their non-medical EFMP needs.

To contact the Hanscom EFMP, email


Info on Service Members’ Civil Relief Act Information
As traditional permanent change of station season approaches or service members prepare to deploy, challenges often surface when trying to secure housing or storing personal property. In response to these challenges unique to military service, Congress enacted the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, or SCRA, to relieve some of those burdens. 

Service members may decide to use storage facilities to store personal property. Accordingly, among its many protections, SCRA prevents storage companies from selling a service member’s property while deployed without a court order, even if the member is in default. In addition, SCRA caps pre-service debt at a 6 percent interest rate, protects service members from default legal judgments when they cannot appear in court due to military service, and provides the ability to terminate certain residential leases early

For further information on SCRA protections, contact the Legal Office at 781-225-1410 or by email at


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  


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.


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.


Check out Hanscom University

Hanscom University is a one-stop shop for all Professional Development courses on Hanscom.  It offers all Professional Development rolled into one package. 

  • HU courses are open to all military and civilian personnel on Hanscom, including our GSU personnel
  • Visit the Course Catalog on the SharePoint to see a listing of all courses offered
  • For those who wish to continually pursue their professional development with HU, see the Awards Program details on the site
  • See the calendar on the homepage and follow the instructions to start registering

**Is teaching and developing others something that you are good at or would like to do?  The HU team is always looking for additional facilitators to help instruct and guide our people.  For more information on getting started, contact the HU Team at

Professional Development Opportunity

The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) is inviting anyone who has an interest in ensuring Hanscom is welcoming, inclusive, and accessible to Individuals with Disabilities to be a part of the Individual with Disabilities(IwD) Committee. We are looking for folks who would be interested in contributing in the following areas:

  • Outreach/recruitment
  • Accessibility and Accommodations
  • Education
  • Training/development
  • Employee Retention.

If you have interest in professional development for any of these areas or an interest in the community of people with disabilities, we invite your participation. The time commitment will vary depending on the duties you would be focusing on, and the amount of people on the committee. 

If you are interested in being a part of the committee, or have any questions, please reach out to the IwD Committee at