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March 22, 2013

News Briefs March 22, 2013

Combined Federal Campaign ceremony

The Combined Federal Campaign committee will host a ceremony to recognize contributors, volunteers and participants during last Fall’s Combined Federal Campaign 10 a.m., April 1, at Club Muroc. CFC representatives will also present the CFC Diamond Award to 412th Test Wing leadership. The base received this award from the Southern California CFC for raising the most money of any federal organization in southern California.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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