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Department of the Air Force
10 Kirtland Street
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
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Hanscom AFB manages the development and acquisition of electronic command and control systems. These systems gather and analyze information of potentially hostile forces, enabling commanders to make quick decisions and rapidly pass them on to their forces. Hanscom helps to direct the muscle of America's air-power to the right target at the right time.
This is one of the top three areas in the country for cost of living. Utilities, housing, car insurance and other associated living costs will probably be higher than you are used to. Please prepare financially for your move here.
Base personnel live in six states, so the housing research area is wide. From October to April expect black ice or snow/ice. Good windshield wipers, plenty of windshield wiper fluid, and a full tank of gas are critical. Watch for moose, deer and other wildlife in the roads from dusk to dawn.
Housing most likely will be much more expensive and difficult to find; Two-bedroom apartments start at $2500+ per month. Utilities may be more expensive than what you are used to. Child care off-base is also extremely expensive ($350-$600 per week) and difficult to secure. Please contact the CDC or Family Child Care (FCC) in advance to get on their wait list or visit MilitaryChildCare.com to fill out an online application for care.
There is no longer any lodging facilities on base. Please look at local area lodging facilities.
Visit these "Wi-Fi" locations if you need internet connectivity while settling in: Military and Family Readiness Center, Education Center, Bowling Center, Hanscom Conference Center.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
May to Sept brings a wide range of temperatures, from the 50’s in May to 90+ in August. It can also be very humid. (This is why we enjoy the ocean and the many lakes/rivers!) During this time be prepared for seasonal allergies (mold, pollen, etc.). We have a pretty short growing season. Mosquitoes & ticks (active in temps over 40 degrees) are problematic, so pets (and you) should be protected. Ticks are found in tall grasses, so check everyone over after outdoor activities. It helps to wear light colored clothing. Protect yourself and family members between dusk to dawn from mosquitoes (stay indoors or check out many of the over the counter products).
Visit these "Wi-Fi" Hot Spots if you need internet connectivity while settling in: Military and Family Readiness Center, Education Center, Bowling Center, and The Commons.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included.
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