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February 22, 2013

News Briefs February 22, 2013

Purgatory Vodka and similar products

The product Purgatory Vodka is made with hemp seed and is being sold in exchanges around the Air Force. Edwards establishments do not stock this item. However, as this item is commercially available, base officials want to ensure everyone is aware of the following information.

The ingestion of products containing, or derived from hemp seeds, or hemp seed oil, is prohibited IAW AFI 44-121, IC 2001-1. Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed, and hemp seed oil, may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is an active ingredient of marijuana which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program.Failure to comply with the prohibition on the ingestion of such products is a violation of Article 92 of the UCMJ.

 

Promotion ceremony

Edwards’ monthly Enlisted Promotion Ceremony is 3 p.m., Feb. 28 at the Base Theater. Promotees and their commanders will be in service dress. Attendees will be in in Uniform of the Day. The Senior Master Sgt. Release Recognition ceremony will be immediately following at 3:45. Uniform for those being recognized will be Uniform of the Day.

 

Harlem Nights

The 412th Test Wing and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center cordially invite you and your guest to attend “Harlem Nights,” a tribute dinner to the Harlem Renaissance Era in honor of Black History Month. The dinner will at Club Muroc Feb. 28. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner following at 7 p.m. Menu includes Seafood Gumbo or fried chicken, collard greens, black eyed peas and cornbread. Drinks include iced tea, coffee and water. Cost for club members is $8.80, for non-members $10.80. Club Card, Visa, or Mastercard accepted vie e-vite only. RSVP by Feb. 26. For more information call (661) 277-2929 or 277-8893. Dress for the event is semi-formal or 1920s attire.

 

South Gate construction delays

Construction began last month to erect a canopy covering the inbound traffic check point at the South Gate. Estimated completion of the construction is Feb.25. Expect possible delays when entering the gate.

For more information, call (661) 810-8204.

 

Edwards’ Conference Center temporarily unavailable

The Conference Center is temporarily unavailable due to staffing constraints. Alternative areas should be utilized until further notice (i.e. Club Muroc, Community Center, Base Theater, etc.). An email will be sent out to notify the Edwards Community when the Conference Center is available for use again. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information, contact Kim Strong at (661) 277-4598 (kimberley.strong@edwards.af.mil); Rodney Cruse at (661) 275-9002 (rodney.cruse@edwards.af.mil); or Bill Grahn at (661) 275-9296 (bill.grahn@edwards.af.mil).

 

Logistics/Supply Ballroom closed

The Logistics/Supply Ballroom located in Bldg. 3735 is currently unavailable due to renovations. The estimated time-frame is six to nine months. For questions contact Betty A. Nakashige at (661) 277-2710.

 

Retirement ceremony

Members of Team Edwards are invited to wish Edwards Environmental Management Director Bob Wood a happy retirement during a ceremony 2 p.m., Feb. 27 in Club Muroc. A reception will follow. Uniform of the day for military and business casual for civilians. For more information, call (661) 277-1447.

 

Leave carry-over extended

Airmen with more than 60 days of leave at the beginning of next fiscal year may be able to carry it into the next fiscal year thanks to a provision in the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

The provision extends the maximum leave carryover of 75 days through Sept. 30, 2015, according to Senior Master Sgt. Kreig Cressione, the Air Force Personnel Center Special Programs Branch Chief.

For information about the military leave program and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.

 

Pageant

Sign up now to vie for title of Miss, Junior Miss, or Little Miss Edwards Air Force Base. This year’s pageant will be held on March 30.

The age categories are: Miss, 16-19; Junior Miss, 11-13; and Little Miss, 6-8.

To sign up, email Glenda Chevis at glenda.chevis@edwards.af.mil.

Rehearsals will begin the first Wednesday in February, and more information will be provided at the first rehearsal meeting.

 




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