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March 15, 2013

News Briefs March 15, 2013

South Gate traffic redirected

Beginning this past week, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., traffic at the South Gate will be redirected to allow for construction of a canopy over the inbound lane check points at the guard house.

During this time period, inbound traffic will be redirected through the outbound lanes past the guard house back to the inbound lanes. The outbound traffic will be redirected to the right lane only. There will be no change for truck deliveries. It is anticipated this disruption of traffic will last two weeks or less. Drivers should slow down and pay attention to the construction signs to avoid any mishaps.

For more information, call Bob Lynch at (661) 277-4913.

Passing of Mary Richard

Mary J. Richard, a Materials Handler supervisor assigned to 412th Maintenance Squadron, passed away March 5 at home following an unsuccessful battle with cancer. She is survived by two adult sons, her mother and her twin sister, all whom were by her side at the time of her passing. There will be a Celebration of Life for Mary at noon, March 16 at the American Legion Post 311 located in Lancaster at 40th East and Avenue J.

O-6 promotion party

Team Edwards is invited to an O-6 promotion party at Club Muroc 3 p.m., March 15.

This event is sponsored by the following colonel selectees: Matthew Wallace, 412th Mission Support Group; George Schwartz, 461st Flight Test Squadron; Kathy Hughes, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron; Landon Henderson, 412th Operations Group; and Daron Drown, 411th Flight Test Squadron.

For more information, call Valtee Belcher at (661) 277-0433.

Enlisted promotion ceremony

This monthís enlisted promotion ceremony is 3 p.m., March 29 in the Base Theater. Promotees and their commanders will be in service dress. Attendees uniforms will be uniform of the day. Come out and congratulate all promotees.

Clarification about fundraising events

All private organizations wishing to conduct fundraising events during Air Force Assistance Fund campaign must route their requests through the 412th Force Support Squadron, be reviewed by the Judge Advocate and then approved by the installation commander before the event can occur. As a reminder, the Air Force Assistance Fund campaign for Edwards runs March 25 through May 3.

If you have any questions regarding fundraisers, contact the 412th FSS PO Monitor, Andrea Osteroos, at (661) 277-7840.

2013 Caring for People Forum cancelled

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.

T-Ball coaches needed

T-ball coaches are needed for five- and six-year olds. Contact the Youth Center Sports Office by April 12. Season runs until early June.
To sign up, call (661) 277-8961.

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 Womenís History Month Luncheon is 11:30 a.m., March 19 at Club Muroc.

You have been sent an E-Invitation for the following event recognizing.

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 28. 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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