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Flu season: What you need to know

Flu is officially upon us. If you have ever had the flu, you know it can knock you out ó with members of your family, friends and co-workers not far behind. Today, it’s more important than ever to get your facts straight about the flu and what you can do to keep yourself safe and…

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Driving safely on snow or icy roads

Unless you’re traveling through the mountains of Southern California in the winter, driving in the snow doesn’t occur very often. First off, don’t assume your vehicle can handle any road condition. Even four-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads. However, if you plan on traveling where it does snow or the roads ice…

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3-D printing saves maintainers money at Hill

The 309th Maintenance Support Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, has a long history of building items, ranging from wooden office doors to splash molds that detect aircraft cracks. New technology is adding Rapid Prototyping, often referred to as 3-D printing, to the mix.

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W.A.S.P., 90 years well-lived

Photograph by Rebecca Amber Women Airforce Service Pilot Flora Belle (Smith) Reece spoke at the WASP memorial dedication at Lancaster Cemetery in 2011. Antelope Valley residents said ìgood-byeî to World War II-era Women Airforce Service Pilot and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Flora Belle (Smith) Reece Dec. 1 at the age of 90. Reece died peacefully…

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Don’t let a lack of tortoise training slow you down

Edwards has three large desert areas designated for recreational use on base, two of them for off-road motorized vehicles. People who use those areas are required to carry proof of desert tortoise training to avoid a citation.


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New rank band structure for Edwards on-base neighborhoods

Posted  October 25, 2013

A new rank band structure is in operation for the Edwards AFB on-base housing community, which aligns the base with the U.S. Air Force directed Housing Requirements and Marketing Analysis. U.S. Air Force officials oversaw the Edwards HRMA in 2009 and determined the appropriate number of homes for each rank band to best support the…

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NASA Dryden awards facilities maintenance contract to Helix Management Services

Posted  October 25, 2013

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., has awarded a contract to Helix Management Services, of Lanham, Md., to provide facility operations and maintenance services at the center’s campuses at Edwards Air Force Base and Palmdale, Calif. The firm fixed-price contract could be worth as much as $29.4 million over the five-year life of the…

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A safe, spooktacular Halloween

Posted  October 25, 2013

For most people Halloween means three things: costumes, trick-or-treating and months of free candy. All these things are what make a traditional Halloween a fun time to be shared by both children and adults. Just remember the creepy crawlers, ghosts, and ghouls are not all you should be aware of on this fright filled night….

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Relief coming to Rosamond, Mercury Blvds

Posted  October 25, 2013

Edwards Air Force Base motorists will benefit from improvements coming soon on Rosamond and Mercury Boulevards beginning Oct. 28. Two significant projects will be executed to repair heavily damaged sections of these much-used vehicular arteries. The projects are expected to last 60 days. On Rosamond Blvd., two heavily damaged roadway sections on the inbound two…

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Robert Hoover visits Edwards

Posted  October 25, 2013

Students from the United States Air Force Test Pilot School’s Class 13A present their class patch to Robert “Bob” Hoover Oct. 18 during the filming of a documentary based on his life as a former USAF test pilot at Edwards. Hoover is a former World War II fighter pilot and prisoner of war, air show…

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News Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 25, 2013

Military tuition assistance Effective immediately, all Military Tuition Assistance applications for courses starting on or after Oct. 17 may be submitted in AFAEMS. All previously approved MilTA requests for courses which began on or after Oct. 17 are reinstated and an e-mail is being sent to those students stating such. For more information, contact the…

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Hierarchy tool critical in aligning supervisors, employees

Posted  October 25, 2013

Civilian employees who are not accurately aligned under their supervisors in the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System might have delays in processing important personnel actions, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The position hierarchy maintenance tool, accessible via DCPDS, allows supervisors to accurately align themselves with their employees in DCPDS. If the position hierarchy is…

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‘Fall Back’ Nov. 3

Posted  October 25, 2013

It’s that time of year to set your clocks back one hour on Sunday Nov. 3. When you adjust your clocks to “fall back” an hour at 2 a.m., those civilians who are scheduled to work will gain one hour of work. Those employees must be compensated by either overtime, comp time or credit hour…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  October 25, 2013

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Snacks are not meals.  Snacks may see you through a hungry afternoon but it will not sustain you for days on end.  It should be obvious that humans need regular meals to stay healthy.  The same is true for reading…

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School Liaison Message – Red Ribbon Week

Posted  October 25, 2013

Schools across the nation are campaigning against drugs during Red Ribbon Week.

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