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High Desert Hangar Stories: Chaos in the Tehachapi Mountains

Posted December 1, 2017 by Bob Alvis

What seemed like just another routine training flight had now become a struggle for life itself, as Aviation Cadet Paul Day and more than a dozen other young aviation cadets came face to face with the dangers of flying — not in combat, but facing the wrath of the one adversary that has plagued aviators for generations: the weather.

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A 95th birthday for WWII ‘Screaming Eagles’ veteran 

Posted February 16, 2018 by Dennis Anderson

Get to 95, and pretty soon you are looking at a century. So, it was nearly a century ago, Feb. 3, 1923, that Henry Ochsner entered the world.

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Vice president visits JPL, previews NASA’s next Mars mission

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A week before NASA launches its next mission to Mars, Vice President Mike Pence toured April 28, the birthplace of numerous past, present and future space missions at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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‘Bomber Bob’ Inducted to Patriot Guard Riders

Posted June 18, 2018 by Dennis Anderson

Robert Wood, at 93, needs a little help getting around, but there is a good reason his nickname is "Bomber Bob." During World War II, history's greatest conflict, theretired Edwards Air Force Base engineer survived 35 bombing missions over Nazi Germany, serving as a command pilot on a B-17 Flying Fortress dubbed "Miss Behavin'."

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High Desert Hangar Stories: The Flying Greek, Part Two

Posted September 7, 2018 by Bob Alvis

This week, we pick up again with the story of Steve Pisanos, a Greek national who trained at Lancaster’s War Eagle Field before heading over to England to fly for the Allies during World War II.

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USS Ronald Reagan action

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Navy photograph by PO3 James Lee Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Alexander Taschner, from Palmdale, Calif., uses a bandsaw to cut an angle iron in the airframe shop aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ronald Reagan and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a…

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High Desert Hangar Stories with Bob Alvis

Posted January 22, 2016 by Bob Alvis

We take working in the Mojave Desert as just part of our jobs as many of us chase the employment that we seek to live our lives. The heat, wind and cold is just part of the deal that we put up with to make ends meet while doing jobs that we feel benefit our nation and its security.

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Alaskan paratroopers conduct forced-entry ops

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Air Force photograph by Alejandro Pena Army Sgt. Brian Meier of Palmdale, Calif., assigned to 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, recovers his gear during a practice forced-entry parachute assault on Malemute drop zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 5, 2016. Having just successfully…

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Class of 2020 Knight Military Academy Appointments Send-Off Event at AVC

Posted June 22, 2016 by Linda KC Reynolds

Sixteen students will soon be embarking on a new journey -- a military education at some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. Out of those students, four were nominated by Congressman Steve Knight.

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Exercise Desert Wind 16-05 tests response to active shooter

Posted August 3, 2016 by Kenji Thuloweit

On Aug. 1, defenders from the 412th Security Forces Squadron responded to Bldg. 2850 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., after a report of shots fired, what they arrived to were people screaming and a mass shooting situation leaving carnage everywhere.  

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