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August 23, 2013

News Briefs: August 23, 2013

Channel Six

Due to budget constraints the Commander’s Access Channel, Channel 6, ceased operation Aug. 16. Announcements normally viewed on Channel 6 will be available in the Desert Wings or on the Edwards Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/EdwardsAirForceBase and www.twitter.com/EdwardsAFB.

Pinning ceremony

Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command commander, cordially invites you to a pin on ceremony for Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Air Force Test Center commander, Aug. 23 at the Base Theater. †The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and a reception will be held afterwards at Club Muroc. Come out and congratulate Bunch on taking another important step in his Air Force career.

New Commercial Travel Office contractor

Effective Aug. 1, WingGate Travel was replaced as the base Commercial Travel Office by Manassas Travel. Their contract phone number is (855) 327-2534, available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.†For flight reservations, Edwards AFB CTO agents select option 8. †For afterhours service, call (888) 818-1975. For more information, call (661) 277-3697.

Communications course

A Communications Pathway Course (couples-focused course) will be offered at noon, Aug. 29 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Bldg. 5620. There is limited seating for this course.

If interested in attending this course, contact Susan Cartwright at (661) 277-9740.

Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 84 of Edwards Air Force Base will host a recruitment event 5-7 p.m., Aug. 28 during the Back to School program at Desert Junior Senior High School in the Multi-purpose room. CAP will give a brief introduction to the attending school audience members. Anyone ages 12 to 100 interested in joining the Civil Air Patrol is invited. The Edwards CAP Squadron 84 meets 6-8:30 p.m., every Tuesday in Bldg. 1850, 1586 Forbes Ave.

For more information, contact the Maj. Brian Bauer at bauerb.cap@gmail.com.

Desert High Robotics

Desert Junior Senior High School is starting †a Robotics Club this school year that will compete in First Tech Challenge and possibly some additional VEX events. †We are looking for volunteers to help us make this a success.

First Tech Challenge (as well as VEX) work with basic robot construction and programming, and is a logical next †step to compliment Branch Elementary School’s First Lego League and a precursor to a full-up Robotics Team. †Volunteer opportunities range from assistant coach (4 or 5 hours per week when the team gets going) to mentors (2-5 hours per month) to simple program assistance (Robotics Lab construction and cleaning, guest lectures, moral support, etc.). †Practices will be held on base starting in August, and the season will run until February or March. A successful program will require a good number of volunteers with a range of technical, mechanical and/or educational experiences. We are asking you to please consider volunteering and/or solicit volunteers from your organization to see if there are folks interested in helping make this program a reality. The head coach, Robby Weaver, can be reached at robby.weaver@yahoo.com . †Please let him know if you have any volunteers, questions or ideas with †respect to this very worthwhile endeavor!”

Music & Memory donation drive

During the month of August, drop off your used iPod to help veterans out at the following locations: Bldg. 2750 (Test Wing Headquarters) in the Command Section; Bldg. 1600 in the 412th Aircrast Maintenace Squadron and 412th Maintenance Squadron orderly rooms; and the Airmen’s Attic.

For more information or more drop off locations , call (661) 277-6430 or (661) 277-6280.

You think you can ball????

It’s that time of year again.†Edwards AFB Men’s Varsity Basketball team tryouts will be Aug. 29 and 30 at the Rosburg Fitness Center basketball courts. †Tryouts will start promptly both days at 5:30 p.m. and will last about two hours. †Active duty, dependents and government civilians are all invited to come out. †Dependents must be at least 18 and a high school graduate. Players must attend both tryout days to be eligible for selection. At least 15 spots are available for the team.

For more information, call Tech. Sgt. Christopher Randolph at (661) 277-2642 or (210) 462-6837.

Square dance

Ready to have some fun, meet great new people, and get some good exercise at the same time? The Gandy Dancers are starting a new Square Dance Class beginning Sept. 11 at the Community Church, 100 Wast E Street, Tehachapi, Calif., from 7 to 8:15 p.m. †The first two classes are free!†If you have never tried Square Dancing, give it a whirl! You just might like it.

For more information, call (661) 331-0707.




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