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Former NASA Astronaut Steven Nagel, veteran of four shuttle flights, dies at 67

Former NASA astronaut Steven R. Nagel, who served as a mission specialist on his first space shuttle flight, pilot on his second and commanded his final two, died Aug. 21 after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

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Being prepared in earthquake country

Air Force graphic by Rebecca Amber For National Preparedness Month, this September, the Edwards AFB Office of Emergency Management is focusing on Califorina’s most prominent natural disaster – earthquakes. Throughout the month, Emergency Management will provide resources teaching how to be prepared for an earthquake, before, during and after the shaking begins. Edwards AFB Emergency…

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ODR wants to get Team Edwards out and about

In the coming months Edwards personnel can expect to see representatives form Outdoor Recreation in the Exchange to assist in signing up for email notifications.

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NASA, Edwards say goodbye to historic landmark

A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program.

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Civil Air Patrol recruiting new members

Today, Civil Air Patrol is more than 72 years old and growing stronger each and every day.


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July 7 Pulse on AF force management

Posted  July 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – Featured in this force management update are details regarding civilian force management program expansions and ongoing officer early retirement and enlisted retention boards. Civilian force management – voluntary early retirement authority (VERA) /voluntary separation incentive pay (VSIP) The Air Force Personnel Center recently concluded the survey period for VERA/VSIP round 3, in which…

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Memorial service

Posted  July 11, 2014

Donald Lee “Don” Amidon, 68, passed away July 4 after a brief illness. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., July 11 at Edwards Chapel 2. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Chapel Annex. Don is survived by his wife Bonita “Bonnie” Amidon of California City, and his sister Janet Amidon…

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Majors non-selected twice for promotion may be eligible for TERA

Posted  July 11, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Majors not selected for promotion for a second time during the current year 2014A lieutenant colonel line of the Air Force J central selection board, including those who declined continuation, may be eligible for the temporary early retirement authority program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said July 3. Officers…

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Memorial set for DHS student

Posted  July 11, 2014

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of 16-year-old Christopher Alan Ricker who was one of two young Team Edwards family members killed in an automobile accident June 30. Ricker was a student at Desert Junior-Senior High School on Edwards. The memorial service will be held 3 p.m., July 12 at Halley-Olsen-Murphy…

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Batchelor takes charge of 412th AMXS

Posted  July 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Christian Turner Maj. Michael T. Batchelor receives his first salute from the 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron after taking command June 27.   Maj. Michael T. Batchelor assumed command of the 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron June 27 during a change of command ceremony in Hangar 1600. He replaced outgoing commander Maj. Larry…

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412th MSG welcomes new commander

Posted  July 11, 2014

Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer (left), 412th Test Wing commander, hands the 412th Mission Support Group guidon to Lt. Col. Eric Leshinsky, incoming 412th MSG commander, signifying the official change of command for the group during a ceremony at the Airman and Family Readiness Center July 9.

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Edwards, Corvias Military Living, break ground on new community center

Posted  July 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Left to right: Heath Burleson, Corvias Military Living senior vice president and program director; Chief Master Sgt. Brian D. Randolph, 412th Test Wing command chief; Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander; James Judkins, base civil engineer; Jeanette White, Housing Management Branch chief; J.C. Calder, Corvias Military…

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New school directory guides parents of special-needs kids

Posted  July 11, 2014

WASHINGTON -†A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said July 2. Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DOD’s special needs program, told DOD News that service members and their families can find…

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Honorary commanders take on ‘SERE-ious’ training

Posted  July 11, 2014

A group of three honorary commanders and their guests were given the opportunity to live out a day in the life of an Edwards aircrew member and undergo some Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape land and water survival training July 2 at the Oasis Aquatic Center.

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Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather

Posted  July 11, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, addresses the crowd that honored him for his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Illinois, June 17. VanBlair thanked everyone for coming to his birthday party and told them that it felt amazing to be appreciated. SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.†-†Twenty-five B-24…

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