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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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Iron Man stars in 15th Free Exchange-Exclusive Marvel Comic Book

Posted  September 20, 2013

Iron Man, the world-famous Armored Avenger, joins the U.S. Military to defend America from the dastardly dragon Fin Fang Foom in Marvel Comics’ fifteenth free, military-exclusive comic book, available only at Army & Air Force Exchange Service locations worldwide. In the all-new 36-page comic, an evil energy conglomerate awakens the ancient beast while illegally drilling…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted  September 20, 2013

- Last week our country remembered the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama and the death of four young girls. At their funeral, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. offered a thought provoking perspective when he stated: “God still has a way of wringing good out of evil”…

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National Suicide Prevention Month: Ask, care, escort

Posted  September 20, 2013

  “Always remember that our most valuable resource is each other. When one of us faces a challenge, we all must stand together. By fighting as one team, we can – and we will – help prevent suicide.” – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel   The month of September has been designated as National Suicide…

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Education opportunities plentiful for Edwards children

Posted  September 20, 2013

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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Announcements – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO Full Time Flight Instructor Needed: The Edwards AFB Aero Club currently has a position open for a full-time flight instructor, CFI or CFII, starting salary $30 per hour on a one -ear contract with option for renewal. Aero Club is an FAA Part 141…

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Leadership about everyone moving ‘up’ together

Posted  September 13, 2013

You can find leadership lessons in the strangest places. Some people search high and low, far and wide for mentors and wise sages with the hope of finding leadership enlightenment, the moment when everything in your supervision tool box finds a purpose. For me, that moment didn’t happen during a weeklong seminar, conference or executive…

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Thrift Store hours

Posted  September 13, 2013

Air Force photograph by Diane Betzler The Edwards AFB Thrift Store has a variety of items for sale and is always in need of donations.†Profits from the sale of donations and consignments are given back to the community via scholarships and donations from the Edwards Officers Spouses Club. A†military I.D. or CAC is NOT required…

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AFMC to eliminate flu shots for some civilians due to budget

Posted  September 13, 2013

As command officials make tough budget decisions with fewer dollars to spend, Air Force Materiel Command civilian employees who are not beneficiaries of the TRICARE health program will no longer receive AFMC-provided flu shots in advance of the upcoming flu season. Civilian health is a top priority in AFMC. However, vaccine purchases had to be…

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Does it really matter if I wear my uniform properly, with pride?

Posted  September 13, 2013

I have been asked countless times throughout my career and may have even asked the question myself as a young Airman sitting inside a storage area at McConnell Air Force Base. Why does it really matter if Airmen wear their uniform properly and why do the senior NCOs talk about Air Force Instruction 35-10 all…

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Exchange offers resources, assistance for PCSing service members

Posted  September 13, 2013

To men and women serving in the United States Military, a permanent change of station can be costly and stressful. On average, service members PCSing spend $1,725 on non-reimbursable expenses. However, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making the transition more affordable for those who protect American freedoms at home and abroad. The…

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