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Specialized training, specialized equipment, specialized personnel – The Big Three

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jacob McAfee

PALMDALE, Calif.-When you think of the firefighting profession the first thing that comes to most minds is fire, but what you may not know is that today, more than ever, the fire service provides a large spectrum of other services the average person does not even realize. Air Force Plant 42 Fire and Emergency Services…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted August 8, 2014 by

Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School makes this observation about what truly matters in life.  ”If you study the root causes of business disasters, over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification. If you look at personal lives through that lens, you’ll see the same stunning and sobering pattern:…

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Celebrating freedom with pride this July 4th

Posted June 29, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. David VanVlack

This story starts 11 days before the 4th of July on June 25, 1996. I was in the U.S. Air Force, deployed to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. On that night, I was bare-chested, clad in jeans and tennis shoes as I turned my back to a sliding glass door. The…

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A Letter to the Team

Posted November 9, 2012 by

Team I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the upcoming 3-day weekend. The long weekend provides us a great opportunity to relax, enjoy ourselves, spend some time with family, and recharge our batteries. I actually plan to do all of those myself, and I hope you and yours get the opportunity to do something fun….

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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted February 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

Last year, I dealt with the death of two people close to me. In September, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Almost exactly two months later, a long-time friend also passed away in the hospital when complications…

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Combating stress

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lt. Col. Paul Tombarge

Stress. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” We’ve all experienced it; some more than others. With the continuing budget shortfalls, uncertainty of sequestration furloughs, a pending compliance inspection and the upcoming summer move cycle, many of us are feeling…

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Education opportunities plentiful for Edwards children

Posted September 20, 2013 by Christy McCoy

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Branch Elementary students make paper helicopters under the direction of Mickey Bowen, 412th Test Wing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics outreach director. Bowen taught the students how a helicopter flies. After they folded their papers into a helicopter shape the students dropped them to see how they twirled to…

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Holiday message from 412th TW CC

Posted December 20, 2013 by Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer

Team, The holidays are finally upon us and I’d like to take this time to express my deepest gratitude and commend all of you for your hard work, successes and patience. 2013 was busy and challenging for the 412th Test Wing and I am amazed at all the accomplishments we have made through all the…

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Successful PCS secrets

Posted March 21, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. André E. KillKelley

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Permanent change of station season is almost upon us, and with it being a busy time in a military family’s life, it is good to start preparing ahead of time. The secrets to a successful PCS are preparing early and personally taking control of your household goods movement. The best place…

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Drunk driving: What does it take?

Posted June 13, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier A car sits in the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons parking lot to represent a drunk driving accident at July 15, 2013, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – What will it take? What sort of cost? A monetary or personal…

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