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March 8, 2013

News Briefs – March 8, 2013

2013 Caring for People Forum canceled

As we are all aware, we are operating under significant budgetary constraints through the duration of a continuing resolution, made more complex through possible impending sequestration actions. Per senior leader guidance, due to budget issues Headquarters Air Force nor Air Force Materiel Command will hold a 2013 Caring for People Forum. Therefore, the 2013 Edwards Community Caring for People Forum is CANCELED. In keeping with the tradition of Caring for People, there will be a future Town Hall Meeting scheduled in which Edwards specific issues can be addressed. For concerns or questions, contact the Community Support Coordinator, Nancy Koch-Castillo at (661) 277-6711.

Edwards Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign

The Air Force Assistance Fund campaign for Edwards will be held March 25 through May 3. As a reminder, no other fundraising is to occur during the AFAF campaign.

The Edwards project officers for this year are 1st Lt. Carlos Rojas at (619) 277-6829 and 2nd Lt. Ryan Bush at (619) 275-4718.

Senior Master Sgt. Roger Kaltenback passes

Retired Senior Master Sgt. Roger Kaltenback, who worked at the 31st Test & Evaluation Squadron, died suddenly at the Los Angeles VA Hospital Feb. 22. His viewing and services will be conducted at the Community Church of California City, 21001 Conklin Ave. (crossroads Cal City Blvd. and Conklin Ave.) at 11 a.m, March 2.

For more information, call (760) 417-9574.

Speakers sought for Career Day

Desert Junior Senior High School is hosting a career fair March 29. If you are interested in presenting information about your career, and speaking with the 9-12th graders on this special day, contact Karen Lawhon, Academic Adviser, to receive an application no later than March 15.

Lawhon can be reached via email at klawhon@muroc.k12.ca.us, or by phone at (661) 258-4411, Ext. 143. For more information, contact Christy McCoy, School Liaison Officer, at (661) 277-3210.

Design a T-shirt for Sexual Assault Awareness

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office promotes prevention and awareness of sexual assault in many ways, through briefings, education and training, printed handouts as well as promotional items. Have you ever wondered how you can help spread the message about prevention?

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the SAPRO has many events during the month as well as throughout the year. In preparation for SAAM, you can help design a T-shirt with a message about awareness and/or prevention of sexual assaults to be displayed on the installation.

March 18-20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Community Oasis Center Meeting Room (off the dining area), we will provide the paints to design a T-Shirt with a message of awareness or prevention and hope to survivors of sexual assault. Bring your own T-Shirt, it can be any color but must be PLAIN (no other slogans, mottos pictures.) All sizes adult, adolescent and children T-Shirts can be used as anyone can be a victim of sexual assault.

For more information, contact Kim Shirley kimberly.shirley@edwards.af.mil, (661) 277-7272 OR Katelin Sprague Katelin.sprague@edwards.af.mil (661) 277-4988.

Women’s History Month Luncheon

The Women’s History Month Luncheon is 11:30 a.m., march 19 at Club Muroc.

The theme of the luncheon is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination,” and the guest speaker is Lt. Col. Kathryn Hughes, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron commander. RSVP no later than March 16.

To view the invitation please go to

https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfmi=144333&k=0365460A7854.

For more information, call Master Sgt. Shawna Wesley at (661) 277-2052.

Women’s History Month social

In honor of Women’s History Month, there will be a Social at the Edwards Air Force Flight Test Museum 3-4:30 p.m., March. This event will feature a panel of guest speakers, tea and light snacks. For more information, call MSgt. Destiny Clawson at (661) 277-2366.

Tehachapi Relay For Life

Teams are now forming for the 2013 Tehachapi Relay For Life, July 13-14. Teams from the Tehachapi area and Edwards Air Force Base are already beginning to plan and raise funds for cancer research and patient services.

The next meeting for team captains and committee chairs will be held March 14 at Carden School Auditorium in Tehachapi. Team captain meeting will open at 5 p.m., with the regular meeting at 6 p.m. Committee meeting begins at 7 p.m. The time is now to form a team.

For more information, contact Team Captain Chair Tracy Lankin (661) 805-5210 or Event Chair Duana Pera at (661) 972-7595.

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.

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.

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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