Installation connects with local universities, child care professionals

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

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials met with local universities and colleges during a child care hiring information session held here Sept. 7.

Representatives from six universities and colleges participated in the discussion to find pathways toward collaboration when it comes to developing aspiring childcare and education professionals.

“Our collaboration with local universities and colleges holds immense promise,” said Vouionette Burns-Harris, 66 FSS chief of Civilian Personnel. “We’re dedicated to providing meaningful full- and part-time job opportunities for their students, strengthening our workforce while offering valuable experiences.”

66th Air Base Group leaders had previously named bolstering childcare options as a top priority for the installation.

“We can really succeed through our partnerships [in the community], because they help us understand the ecosystem and the talent that’s out there,” said Chief Master Sgt. Alan Weary, installation command chief.

Maj. Erica Peat, 66 FSS commander, briefed attendees about her squadron’s mission and commitment to supporting the service members and families who live and work at Hanscom AFB.

“Our vision is not only to provide top-quality care to our [military-connected] children, but also to grow and develop the early childhood professionals,” said Peat. “We’d like to see our Child Development Center become a hub for aspiring educators.” 

Peat said her team is currently accepting resumes to fill a wide range of full- and part-time positions caring for children here. Positions are available at all levels.


Officials will also be conducting interviews on the spot during a hiring event here Sept. 19. According to Human Resources officials, attendees must register prior to the event on a USAJobs pre-registration page.

FSS officials said that CDC employees receive health and life insurance, paid vacation and sick time, tuition assistance, retirement and 401(k), professional development and transportation subsidies, among other benefits, including access to installation resources.

Senior Master Sgt. Brian Tisdall, 66 FSS superintendent, explained that employment on a military installation does not require the individual to serve themselves.

“Coming to work here at Hanscom Air Force Base does not mean a person is committing to military service; it just means they get to participate in our mission, purpose, and being a part of the bigger team,” he said.

For further information about working at Hanscom AFB, contact Nicole Craver, 66 FSS Human Resources Specialist, at