Hanscom Field Advisory Commission Update – September, 2018

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in the Civil Air Terminal, at Hanscom Field. Selectman Michael Rosenberg, representing Bedford, chaired the meeting. Lincoln citizen representative Christopher Eliot and South Lexington Civic Association representative Margaret Coppe also attended. Massport was represented by Amber Goodspeed, Hanscom Airport Administration Manager; Kassandra Marin, Hanscom Airport Data Specialist; and Anthony Gallagher, Massport Community Relations. The Hanscom Pilots Association representative Thomas Hirsch was also in attendance.

Mr. Rosenberg opened by praising Massport for hosting the participants in the 2018 Hanscom Airport Emergency Tabletop Exercise on September 4th at the Civil Air Terminal. The simulated disaster drill brought together first responders representing Bedford, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, with personnel from Massport, the Air Force, the FBI, Emerson Hospital, and Armstrong Ambulance. The participants gained valuable experience rehearsing, discussing, and coordinating plans in preparation for a potential future multi-casualty disaster on or near Hanscom Field.

Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn to Step Down after Six Successful Years; Board Appoints Acting CEO to Begin in Mid-November

Submitted by the Massachusetts Port Authority

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board today voted to appoint Massport’s current Chief Financial Officer (CFO), John Pranckevicius, CPA, as Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beginning November 17, 2018. Thomas P. Glynn, Ph.D, announced his resignation after six years with the Authority. The Board will begin a search process that may extend beyond Glynn’s departure date.

“This is a great job, but after six years and at the age of 72, I feel it is a good time to pass the baton to the next leader who will have the chance to lead a great team,” said Glynn.

Col. Roman Hund ~ Retiring from Active Service in the US Air Force

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

In a ceremony aboard the USS Constitution, Col. Roman Hund retired from active service in the US Air Force on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base since July 2016, Col. Hund became a familiar face around Bedford over the past two years.

Letter to the Editor, July 24, 2018: Residents Share Information for Special Town Meeting on July 30

By Chris and Jennifer Boles

Dear Neighbors,

We live on Concord Road, about 3/4 mile from the Bedford NWIRP (Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant) on Hartwell Road. We are hoping you will take some time this week to learn about a couple of issues that could have a permanent impact on Bedford, and especially some of the neighborhoods and streets within a mile or two of the North Hanscom Airfield (located just off Hartwell Road, across the street from Hartwell Hill and one of The Edge Sports Center’s playing fields).

Please consider the possibilities, then we hope you will join us at the Special Town Meeting on Monday, July 30, 7:30 pm at Bedford High School, and vote your choices.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $4.79M Infrastructure Grant for Hanscom Field

Submitted by the U.S. Department of Transportation

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $659.8 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.

The grants include a $4.79 million award to Laurence G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, MA to construct an aircraft rescue and firefighting building.

“These Airport Improvement Program grants will ensure that a safer, more efficient Laurence G. Hanscom Field remains an economic engine and vital infrastructure component for its community,” said Secretary Chao.

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.

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