Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 23. Chapters: Hanscom Air Force Base, Mitre Corporation, Vine Brook, Hanscom Field, Minuteman Bikeway, Middlesex Community College, Billerica and Bedford Railroad, RSA, The Security Division of EMC, Bedford Flag, Shawsheen River, Bedford Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant, Bedford Free Public Library. Excerpt: Hanscom Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: BED, ICAO: KBED, FAA LID: BED) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southwest of Bedford, Massachusetts. The facility is a joint use civil airport/military base with Hanscom Field which provides general aviation and charter service. The host unit at Hanscom is the non-flying 66th Air Base Group (66 ABG) assigned to Air Force Materiel Command. Electronic Systems Center (ESC) is the primary tenant on the installation. The 66 ABG provides services to the ESC; Air Force Reserve; National Guard and Department of Defense civilians who are assigned to the base. Hanscom AFB was established in 1942. It was named in honor of Laurence G. Hanscom, an aviator and reporter for the Worcester Telegram-Gazette. He was killed in an aircraft accident on 9 February 1941. The 66th Air Base Wing was stood down in June 2010 and re-designated as a Group. Command changes every two years. Hanscom houses Headquarters Electronic Systems Center (ESC), one of the product centers of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). In addition to this primary function, which is its host unit, Hanscom supports the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors and Space Vehicles directorates, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the MITRE corporation, and various other companies and groups related to the Department of Defense. Hanscom's mission within the Air Force is unique; it is host to no regular Air Force flying activities. Its mission, rather, is to support research, acquisitions, and electronic sys...
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