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  • Laying the foundation for future AF, Coast Guard enlisted leaders

    Airman Leadership School is charged with laying the foundation for junior enlisted Airmen who will soon supervise other Airmen. At Hanscom Air Force Base that mission extends beyond active duty to the Guard and Reserve, and beyond that to the Coast Guard. ALS, also known as professional military

  • Command chief focused on mission, careers of Airmen

    Hanscom Command Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Hickey appreciates the opportunity a mentor can have on changing the course of an Airmen's career.Hanscom's newest chief attributes her success to early mentors and experiences as a reason for where she is today.MentorsWhen asked about early mentors, the

  • From Army Air Corps to U.S. Air Force, 71-years and counting

    In 1944, a year before the end of World War II, a 17-year old Cambridge, Mass., native and recent high school graduate was hired as a clerk-typist by the government to support the war effort -- only after her father signed a letter of permission.Now more than 71 years later, Maria Bandouveres, the

  • Blazing her own path

    Senior Airman Kara Watts has always been proud of her mother's military service. So after briefly attending college after high school, Watts looked to that service as inspiration when she decided to go in another direction.Watts and her mother, U.S. Air Force Maj. Tobie Wethington, an Information

  • Overcoming adversity leads to promising Air Force future

    Determination is a word often associated with the military. In the case of one young Airman, his determination led him to the Air Force to find the stability and family he was looking for.Airman 1st Class Vito Amalfitano, currently a storage management technician, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., lived

  • Airman grows family through international adoption

    Last year, more than 2,000 Chinese children found a new home in the United States through adoption. It's a process that requires dedication, multiple layers of vetting and steadfast commitment - especially if considering a boy or girl from China's Waiting Child program.For one Hanscom Airman, his

  • Professional officer, athlete is living the good life

    When Erik Smith was recruited his senior year in high school to play lacrosse and football, his options to play both sports at the next level came from as far away as Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. But it was a school closer to home that continued their pursuit of the All-American lacrosse star

  • Hanscom employee saves life

    After two hours of playing tennis at a local tennis club in Manchester, Mass., on Wednesday nights, Joel Rodriguez normally just goes home. However, earlier this month he decided to stay and have a beverage with other players.Rodriguez, who has only been playing in this men's league since early this

  • School liaison looks to meet families' educational goals

    Laurel Wironen is no stranger to the 66th Force Support Squadron and many of the military families living here. As a longtime member of the 66 FSS Airman and Family Services Flight, she has been working with military children for many years.In her new position as the Hanscom school liaison