Hanscom Field Advisory Committee Update – June, 2018

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met on June 19, 2018 in the Civil Air Terminal Building, 200 Hanscom Drive, Bedford with Lincoln resident Christopher Eliot chairing the meeting.

Kassandra Marin, Hanscom Airport Data Specialist, delivered the Monthly Noise Report, comparing noise levels generated by Hanscom air operations during May 2018 with those of May 2017. Air operations, in general, were down by about 8%, but the proportion of Turbo and Helicopter operations increased significantly (17 and 26% respectively), as did night operations (by about 10%). Hanscom noise complaints were up by 39% (64 compared to 46 in May 2017), with 3 complaints received about one particular night flight. . All 6 noise monitors for Hanscom Field were 100% operational for May, with none disabled by nesting mice or birds, as has happened in the past.

Disposition of Navy Hangar Site off Hartwell Road

Submitted by the Town of Bedford

On June 19, 2018, the Town of Bedford filed a complaint in federal court against the US General Services Administration for declaratory judgment with a request for injunctive relief seeking to prevent the public auction of the 16 acres of land between Hartwell Road and Hanscom Airfield from proceeding. The property includes a former aviation hangar with small offices that has been vacant for many years.

The Signs Are In Place

By Julie McCay Turner

Several hundred residents, first responders, Veterans, and multiple dignitaries gathered at the Bedford boat ramp on Friday afternoon to dedicate the Rte. 225 bridge across the Concord River to Private First Class John Hart and Lance Corporal Travis Desiato.

HFAC Update: Year-Long Construction of Airport Rescue and Firefighting/Customs and Border Patrol Facility to Begin in June

By John Laferriere

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission met on May 15 at the Civil Air Terminal. Massport representatives gave a presentation on the status of plans to construct a new Airport Rescue and Firefighting/Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facility. The current ARFF and CBP facilities do not meet modern standards.

Construction is scheduled to start in June 2018 and be completed by April 2019.

Park University Announces Hanscom AFB Campus Graduates

Submitted on behalf of Hanscom Air Force Base

Park University’s Hanscom Air Force Base Campus held its commencement ceremony on May 17 at Minuteman Commons on the base. The University had eight students eligible to participate in the ceremony — one student received a master’s degree and seven students received a bachelor’s degree.

US Air Force Celebrates Centenarian Arthur Hatfield

By Mark Wyatt
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs
L.G.Hanscom Field, Bedford, MA

A letter from Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright sits in front of an old portrait of retired Master Sgt. Arthur Hatfield in his home in Bedford, Mass., April 27. Hatfield recently turned 100 years old and received the letter from Wright in recognition of it. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

A local military retiree with Hanscom ties recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Since reaching the centennial milestone, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Arthur Hatfield has received birthday wishes from friends and family, including Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright.

“It is my honor to wish you a very happy 100th birthday,” Wright wrote. “Thank you for your many years of service. As a veteran, you not only set an example for those of us who serve today, you also represent the countless men and women who have proudly worn the cloth of our great nation.”

Hanscom Airmen and Area Girl Scouts Connect over Cookies

Submitted by the Community Affairs/Public Information Office at Hanscom Air Force Base

Hanscom volunteers and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts joined forces at the base April 21 to distribute more than 38,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to several base, military and veteran organizations.

An estimated 400 Girl Scouts and their families, along with more than 30 military and civilian volunteers from Hanscom, participated in the event. Cookies donations were collected through the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts’ Cookies for a Cause program, which enables the Girls Scouts to accept donations for military organizations, food pantries and local charities. Since the event’s inception following 9/11, Hanscom has hosted it several times, giving the Girl Scouts a chance to deliver their donations in person to some of the military members and veterans their program supports.

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