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Edwards Exchange celebrates new Express

Posted August 9, 2013 by Brittany Power

After a long anticipated wait, the Exchange opened their new Express on July 31, 2013. The week long grand opening festivities, including special promotions and giveaways, began with a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 5, 2013. The new facility has approximately 2,700 square feet of sales area, and features the Shoppette convenience store, Class VI liquor…

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SOFIA Observatory returns from New Zealand deployment

Posted August 9, 2013 by

NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory flares for landing at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., upon its return from its inaugural three-week southern hemisphere deployment to New Zealand Aug. 2. NASA’s SOFIA flying observatory taxis in to the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility after landing moments earlier at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif., Aug….

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Exchange launches new and improved website

Posted August 9, 2013 by Connor Hammett

Online shopping with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is easier than ever thanks to a refresh of the organization’s official website, www.shopmyexchange.com, in preparation for the key holiday selling season. Improvements include a new homepage layout design, complete with an updated visual look and industry-standard navigation; more product categories; easy-to-find links to specialty…

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I am an Air Force first sergeant

Posted August 9, 2013 by Master Sgt. Eric Jackson

“Everyone is My Business” That’s the first sergeant’s creed. That’s what we strive for, each and every single day. There are very few enlisted personnel in our Air Force with more authority, more responsibility and a downright busier day than a first sergeant. My job is people – everyone is my business. I dedicate my…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted August 2, 2013 by Airman Ryan Conroy

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -†I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting – again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Exchange shoppers can win thousands in laundry money

Posted August 2, 2013 by Chris Ward

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Proctor and Gamble have teamed up to give five Exchange shoppers the opportunity to “clean up” to the tune of $1,500 in the “Free Tide for a Year” sweepstakes. From July 26-Aug. 29, authorized shoppers can enter at Exchange stores worldwide for the opportunity to win one…

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AF names 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Air Force officials announced the service’s top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013. An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands; direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected 12 Airmen based on superior…

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Defiance vs. distress: Digging deeper to help Airmen

Posted August 2, 2013 by Senior Master Sgt April Brittain

U.S. Air Force graphic The four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness which focuses on a member’s resiliency: mental, spiritual, social and physical. LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. In my four years as a first sergeant, I’ve seen the good, bad and the ugly; however, I would not be effective if I allowed the bad and…

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HEALTH ADVISORY: Closures posted for local campgrounds due to plague found in ground squirrel

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and U.S. Forestry Service officials have closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops of the Table Mountain Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest after tests confirmed that one ground squirrel trapped July 16, 2013, during routine surveillance activities tested positive on July 23, 2013, for plague….

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MacSparran takes over 412th AMDS

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Lt. Col. Kathryn Hughes (right)†applauds after Lt. Col. Patricia MacSparran officially assumed command of the 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron during a ceremony July 25 at Club Muroc.† Hughes relinquished command of the squadron to MacSparran. The 412th AMDS is responsible for treating 412th Test Wing pilots and air crewman…

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