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Vandalism costs school district $12,000

Several base schools have been vandalized since Aug. 25 incurring over $12,000 in damages to the Muroc Joint Unified School District. The majority of the destruction has occurred at Bailey Elementary School where windows, ceiling tiles and equipment such as phones, light panels, display cases, over-head projectors and clocks have been broken. “We have a…

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C-17 treads into new territory

U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner Since Dunlop Tire was selected as the supplier for the C-17 as the replacement tire, the C-17 Global Reach Integrated Test Team at Edwards AFB has been putting the C-17’s new Dunlop tires through a collection of vibration, skid, stability, structural and wet-and-dry runway takeoff and landing performance…

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412th CE leads way in water conservation

U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber Xeriscaping can take on many forms, ranging from decomposed granite that looks like dirt, to rocks with desert shrubs and low-water-use trees. Edwards has chosen to stick with a low-maintenance, decorative rock. According to Gerald Boetsch, 412th Civil Engineering Group energy manager, Edwards has always been very proactive…

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Prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing meds changing

On Aug. 22, the Drug Enforcement Agency changed all hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule II, a tightly-controlled classification that will change how it is prescribed and dispensed. Products that contain hydrocodone include medications such as Vicodin and Norco, and many generic formulations. The change becomes effective across the United States Oct. 6. What does this mean…

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Travis Brass brings new Air Force sound to AV

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West’s Travis Brass ensemble headlined the fifth annual Celebrate America on the Blvd. event in Downtown Lancaster Sept. 6.


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CMSAF Letter to Airmen – Developmental special duties

Posted  July 19, 2013

Fellow Airmen, Much has happened over the past 5 1/2 months since I’ve taken the reigns as your Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. We’ve faced and will continue to face some very significant challenges, none the less each of you continue to do amazing things day in and out to accomplish the mission…

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Every Airman Counts

Posted  July 19, 2013

Fellow Airmen, I need your help in fixing a problem that directly relates to our overall readiness – sexual assault. This is a problem each and every one of you has a part in solving. As Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force, treating each other with dignity and respect is absolutely essential. †Our mission…

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Edwards AFB’s Piute Ponds feature wide variety of birds, wildlife

Posted  July 19, 2013

Air Force photograph by Melissa Buchanan A Barn Owl takes flight from a tree in Piute Ponds at Edwards Air Force Base. The ponds attract numerous bird species and wildlife. The artificially maintained marsh area is located in the extreme southwest corner of the base. Amid the high desert landscape that encompasses Edwards is a…

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Sh’linda Miller, 2013 Youth of the Year

Posted  July 19, 2013

Courtesy photograph Shílinda Miller, a 2013 graduate from Desert High School, won the state-wide Boys and Girls Clubís Military Youth of the Year title May 28, 29, competing against six other contestants. In the magnificent shadow of the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif., Sh’linda Miller, a 2013 graduate from Desert High School, won the…

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted  July 19, 2013

Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume….

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Annual duck blind drawing slated Aug. 10

Posted  July 19, 2013

Waterfowl hunters can participate in the annual duck blind drawing scheduled Aug. 10, at the Rod and Gun Activity, Bldg. 210. Base hunting permits may be submitted to drawing officials from 9 a.m. until the actual drawing begins, which will be at approximately 10 a.m. Duck blind reservations are required for all base affiliated waterfowl…

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Edwards AFB partners with DU, D14 to improve Piute Ponds

Posted  July 19, 2013

Edwards AFB held a dedication ceremony at Piute Ponds July 12 to commemorate the partnership that helped develop parts of the area for recreation during a 2012 improvement project. Edwards Environmental Management along with Ducks Unlimited and District 14 in Lancaster, Calif., joined forces to construct new water control structures, culverts and dikes that will…

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NASA’S SOFIA investigates the southern sky from New Zealand

Posted  July 19, 2013

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The SOFIA flying observatory is operating from Christchurch, New Zealand. Scientists are observing celestial objects from the Southern Hemisphere including the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, young stars, star forming regions, supernova remnants in the southern Milky Way, and the Magellanic Clouds. NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory will be based…

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News Briefs July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Fitness center closure The Rosburg Fitness Center will be closed Saturdays due to the furlough. The new Fitness Center hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. Anticipated normal hours of operation will resume after Sept. 28, 2013. For more information, call Peter Smith, Fitness Center director, at (661)…

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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted  July 19, 2013

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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