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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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Edwards to post new online base helping agencies directory

Posted  September 13, 2013

To compliment the webpage dedicated to all the base helping agencies, Team Edwards has implemented an online directory listing all those agencies for personnel off-base and on-base. For off-base personnel, the directory is located via the Edwards Air Force Base home page under the Base Helping Agencies Directory tab. For on-base personnel, the directory appears…

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Commissaries offer extra savings in September

Posted  September 13, 2013

Commissaries continue to offer special savings such as sidewalk events and door buster sales with discounts up to 50 percent on certain items to help fill the void from cancelled case lot sales. Although we arenít offering worldwide case lot sales in September, our customers will still find plenty of savings in their local commissary,…

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Base housing residents to pay Corvias automatically with BAH – Take home pay for Airmen will not change

Posted  September 13, 2013

Edwards AFB base residents will soon see a change on their Leave and Earnings Statement due to housing privatization. However, each Airman’s monthly take-home pay will remain the same. Prior to privatization, base housing residents forfeited their BAH in exchange for living in government-managed housing. To activate the BAH for privatized housing, base residents must…

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2013 Fishing Derby

Posted  September 13, 2013

Courtesy photograph Capt. Robby Gallegos, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron shows off his catch at Branch Pond during the 2013 Branch Pond Family Fishing Derby Aug. 31. On Aug. 31, the 75 anglers attended the 2013 Branch Pond Family Fishing Derby organized and hosted by 50 volunteers from the Edwards AFB community. The Fregoso Outdoor…

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Civilians must create eOPF account to access records

Posted  September 13, 2013

Air Force Personnel Center officials are reminding Air Force civilian employees that they need to create their Office of Personnel Management electronic Official Personnel Folder account in order to access their personnel records. The OPM eOPF application, which replaced the Air Force Civilian Electronic OPF, is a secure electronic personnel folder which contains civilian personnel…

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Edwards employee volunteers to teach children how to breed, raise rabbits

Posted  September 13, 2013

Courtesy photograph Young Michael Kasperson handles a rabbit with the guidance of Laura Blank, Air Force Test Center management analyst. Blank volunteers her time to teach children about breeding and raising rabbits. Laura Blank spends her days working for the Air Force Test Center as a management analyst, but her nights are spent on volunteer…

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Virtual fitness kiosks set up at 66 locations

Posted  September 13, 2013

To help improve total force fitness levels, the Air Force is installing “Fitness on Request” kiosks at 66 locations by the end of September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Part of the Operational Fitness Program, the kiosks are available to all Airmen, including retirees and family members, at base fitness and sports centers. “The…

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AF clubs 2013 Football Frenzy underway

Posted  September 13, 2013

Air Force graphic All Club members are eligible to attend the weekly regular season football games and enter to win Football Frenzy prizes, including tickets to NFL games, the championship game or gift cards. The annual Air Force Football Frenzy promotion kicked off Sept. 5 and runs through the championship game. Participants could win tickets…

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News Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 13, 2013

Correction In the Sept. 6 issue of the Desert Wings there was an error in the “Edwards celebrates women’s equality” article, Retired Air Force Col. Mary Parker is assigned to the 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and serves as deputy for logistics for the F-35 Integrated Test Force. Air Force birthday Team Edwards will celebrate the…

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Corvias Military Living launches enhanced website for residents

Posted  September 13, 2013

Corvias Military Living has launched an enhanced version of its website to coincide with the transition to privatized housing at Edwards AFB.

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