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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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Retired NASA astronaut, research test pilot Gordon Fullerton dies

Posted  August 23, 2013

C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76.

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News Briefs: August 23, 2013

Posted  August 23, 2013

Channel Six Due to budget constraints the Commander’s Access Channel, Channel 6, ceased operation Aug. 16. Announcements normally viewed on Channel 6 will be available in the Desert Wings or on the Edwards Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/EdwardsAirForceBase and www.twitter.com/EdwardsAFB. Pinning ceremony Gen. Janet C. Wolfenbarger, Air Force Materiel Command commander, cordially invites you…

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Mercury Boulevard closed

Posted  August 23, 2013

Due to the recent heavy rains a portion of Mercury Blvd., between Rich Road and 140th Street East, is closed until further notice. †Edwards Civil Engineers are evaluating the damage and preparing the plan for repairs. Further details will be announced as they become available.

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Exchange among the ‘Best of the Best,’ according to U.S. Veterans Magazine

Posted  August 23, 2013

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has been recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine for its part in putting those who have helped protect American freedoms back to work. The Exchange is among the organizations named to the publication’s 2013 Best of the Best list, making the cut in the “Top Veteran-Friendly Companies,” “Top Supplier…

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Check what’s in your food, supplements

Posted  August 23, 2013

While in Florida, a military member recently purchased a yogurt cup that included hemp seeds as one of its ingredients. Luckily she looked at all the ingredients before ingesting the snack. Air Force Instruction 44-121 states: “3.2.2. Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of…

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Honorary commander says tour of BAF ‘like a movie’

Posted  August 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Lt. Elbert Chan, 412th Electronic Warfare Group, project lead engineer, shows his group of commanders and honorary commanders photographs that demonstrate how the Benefield Anechoic Facility operates. Members of the Honorary Commanders Program were given a tour of the 412th Electronic Warfare Group facilities, which included trips to the…

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Annual Fair opens doors for education opportunities

Posted  August 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Staff Sgt. Samuel Davis (right), 412th Maintenance Squadron, speaks to an Antelope Valley College program coordinator and representative during the annual education fair held at the Club Muroc Alliance Ballroom Aug. 14. The educations fair was sponsored by the Edwards Education Office. More than 48 colleges and universities were…

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Edwards, 412th TW show appreciation to its civilian workforce

Posted  August 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Alexander Kovras (left), 412th Force Support Squadron civilian leader, poses with Eddy the Coyote, the Edwards Air Force Base mascot, at the announcement of the ìEdwards Gives Backî initiative, which will kick off Aug. 23. The initiative will consist of providing all Edwards and Air Force Plant 42 federal…

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Benefits of SCRA, Military Star Card don’t always intersect

Posted  August 23, 2013

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, introduced in 1940 as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, was established to protect active duty service members from what might happen to their financial or legal obligations after they start military service. Decades later, the Military Star Card was established in response to military leadership’s concerns regarding a…

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Get to know your Airmen

Posted  August 23, 2013

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.†-†”It all starts with great NCOs and great supervisors who understand every Airman does have a story,” said the general. A part of taking care of people is knowing their stories. “Learn their stories. I am absolutely convinced that if we knew each other better, we would care for each other more,”…

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