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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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Former Air Force leader passes away

Posted  August 16, 2013

A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was also a chief of staff of the Air Force, passed away Aug. 10 in Falcon’s Landing military retirement community in Potomac Falls, Va.

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Second Annual Branch Pond Family Fishing Derby Aug. 31

Posted  August 16, 2013

Mark your calendars for the 2013 Family Fishing Derby at Branch Memorial Pond. The event will be held on Aug. 31 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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Little Miss Edwards wins Little Miss A.V.

Posted  August 16, 2013

Courtesy photograph   On Aug. 10, Little Miss Edwards 2013, Floriani Escobar, daughter of Santos (412th Special Instrumentation) and Griselda Escobar, won the title of Little Miss Antelope Valley 2013. This is an honor and a title not had here at Edwards since 1999. Floriani so wisely exclaimed that it has been 14 years and…

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Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school

Posted  August 16, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 12. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program offers…

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Base housing privatization begins with lease signings

Posted  August 16, 2013

  From left:  J.C. Calder, Corvias Military Living program manager, watches as Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander; Col. Daniel Daetz, 412th TW vice commander; and Command Chief Master Sgt. Brian Randolph, 412th command chief; sign the new Resident Occupancy Agreement.  The ROA is a 12-month housing lease. Corvias Military Living will assume responsibility for all family…

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Edwards Commissary returns to normal hours Aug.19

Posted  August 16, 2013

Military commissaries worldwide will return to normal operating schedules the week of Aug. 18-24, said the director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency. The DeCA announcement comes in the wake of the Department of Defense’s Aug. 6 decision to curtail furloughs of its civilian workforce from 11 to six days. The Edwards Commissary will…

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DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted  August 16, 2013

WASHINGTON ñ Aug. 14, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of…

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Back to school tips

Posted  August 16, 2013

School is back in session at Edwards Air Force Base beginning Aug. 19 and we want this to be an exciting year for your family! Here are some helpful tips to consider as your child makes the transition from summer to school. * Get back into a school year routine – Re-establishing bedtimes and mealtimes…

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Website teaches coping skills to military community

Posted  August 16, 2013

U.S. Air Force graphic Screengrab of the “Moving Forward” website, designed to help service members find ways to overcome challenges, stress and depression. WASHINGTON, D.C. -†As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop…

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AFFT Museum moves three aircraft out of storage

Posted  August 16, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Traffic is stopped as the F-16XL is transported west down Rosamond Blvd. towards its new home at the Air Force Flight Test Museum Aug. 9, 2013. The F-16XL, an experimental fighter, is a derivative of the F-16 that was used to explore the advanced cranked-arrow delta wing. The plane…

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