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Gaining Altitude – July 17, 2015

Posted July 17, 2015 by

Growth opportunities for the week This is a weekly segment in Desert Wings to highlight a spiritual focus for the Edwards community: Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community: New York Times columnist David Brooks thinks there are some important life skills that are critical to living a…

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Local aviation legends, supporters flock together for Gathering of Eagles

Posted October 30, 2015 by Rebecca Amber

The Flight Test Historical Foundation honored U-2 and SR-71 pilots during the annual Gathering of Eagles dinner at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Oct. 24.

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US Airman recognized as ‘hero’ in Paris

Posted August 28, 2015 by By Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane

PARIS (AFNS) — U.S. Ambassador to France, Jane D. Hartly, recognized Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone for his actions in saving countless lives during a terrorist attack aboard a train headed toward Paris Aug. 21. “We often use the word hero, and in this case I know that word has never been more appropriate,” Hartley…

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DHS student awarded DAR bronze medal

Posted June 5, 2015 by by Rebecca Amber

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has presented awards to ROTC members since 1967. Each year, the Antelope Valley chapter works with eight high schools in the area to present JROTC students with a Bronze Medal. The medals are awarded to cadets that have demonstrated…

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Four F’s essential to life in military

Posted September 18, 2015 by Commentary by Chief Master Sgt. Mark Fousek

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — I have had a lot of my non-military friends ask me the question, “How have you made it for 24 years in the military?”  Looking back, I realized that I already had a form of what the Air Force now calls Comprehensive Airman Fitness:  Mental, Social, Spiritual and Physical Fitness….

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Honorary commanders tour ‘best day ever’

Posted July 17, 2015 by by Rebecca Amber

The 2015 honorary commanders were welcomed back to Edwards July 10 for a look at the flight test mission. he tour, hosted by the 412th Operations Group, showcased the 416th and 418th Flight Test Squadrons as well as the 412th Operations Support Squadron. The event was a natural progression from the last tour themed, “How…

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Coping with PTSD

Posted October 30, 2015 by Shannon Collins

As a disabled Air Force veteran living with post-traumatic stress from military sexual trauma, I’ve had my good days and bad days but all of my hard work over the past two years paid off when I recently achieved one of my goals — completing my first full marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon. I had…

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Never underestimate your impact

Posted August 28, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Zachary Capogna

Every day I visit our great Airmen and every day I come across more than one that underestimates their impact to the mission. There’s the one-stripe maintainer, “just repaneling an aircraft,” for the next day’s flight, or the young personalist, “just issuing another identification card,” or the defender, “just guarding the gate.” The list could…

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Thank you and farewell

Posted June 12, 2015 by by Maj. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr.

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — Team, Thank You!!! When I was told in January 2012 I would have the privilege to serve as the first Air Force Test Center Commander, I was elated. I thought I knew what a dedicated team of professional Airmen the new AFTC would be comprised of and how the…

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Humble leadership advances team ahead of self

Posted September 25, 2015 by by Chief Master Sgt. Jacob P.E. Dunbar

There are instances in life that demand we subdue our pride to ensure the overall advancement of the team or institution. These situations require humble leadership. Harnessing impulses and reactions will require much restraint, strength and discipline to pull it off, but doing so is important. Airmen demonstrate humble leadership in many ways, but here…

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