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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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Chapel Corner

Posted  March 29, 2013

Gaining Altitude – This is a weekly segment in Desert Wings to highlight a spiritual focus for the Edwards community. Through our prayers – an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community. This week’s request: Pray that we would find constructive ways to deal with the stress and strain resulting from the furlough…

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Eye contact one way to communicate with Airmen

Posted  March 29, 2013

It’s often been stated by United States Air Force leaders that the mission comes first or it’s for the best interest of the Air Force. With that said, I would argue that if we expect the mission to come first and if it’s truly in the best interest of the Air Force, we need to…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Combined Federal Campaign ceremony The Combined Federal Campaign committee will host a ceremony to recognize contributors, volunteers and participants during last Fall’s Combined Federal Campaign 10 a.m., April 1, at Club Muroc. CFC representatives will also present the CFC Diamond Award to 412th Test Wing leadership. The base received this award from the Southern California…

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The bad guy

Posted  March 22, 2013

Who likes to be the bad guy? Do you? How many of you like to tell someone that they need a haircut or to stop chewing tobacco outside a tobacco-use area? No one likes to be the bad guy; no one likes to correct someone doing something wrong. Is it because of the confrontation or…

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Lemonade and boxing: two approaches to tough times

Posted  March 22, 2013

We have all heard the old adage, “when life serves you lemons, make lemonade.” While this is easier said than done, it is sometimes the best approach. We face very difficult times, and I am not here to debate how we got here or even the best approach to getting out of the situation. We…

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Edwards BX to remain open during sequester

Posted  March 22, 2013

Despite sequestration, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service does not foresee any changes to its day-to-day operations. “We expect Exchange facilities to be fully functional throughout the sequester,” said the Exchange’s Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels. “We continue to remain flexible as we help Soldiers, Airmen and their families thrive in this environment….

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Edwards Men’s, Women’s Varsity Basketball teams enter PacWest playoffs

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Edwards Air Force Base men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams will enter the 2013 PacWest playoff schedule at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 23 and 24. Basketball games will be played at either the Paige Field House (main gym) or the Competition gym (auxiliary gym). For more information on times and…

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Edwards leadership reiterates protections provided for employees who seek mental health care

Posted  March 22, 2013

In 2012, the Department of Defense released guidance for employees who had concerns regarding how their mental health history could adversely affect their security clearance. This guidance emphasized that the U.S. Government recognizes the vital importance of mental health and advocates the proactive management of mental health conditions to support wellness and recovery. This guidance…

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Team Edwards prepares for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted  March 22, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Thomas Mitsch helps design a message regarding sexual assault prevention and awareness on a T-shirt during a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event held March 20 at the Oasis Community Center. Sergeant Mitsch is a Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron Twenty-Two powerline mechanic and…

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Jetsons Redux: Developing future aircraft control systems

Posted  March 22, 2013

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida The quad-rotor model helicopter is flying to validate research on elements of a futuristic control system that has immediate applications for unmanned aircraft systems and potentially to a future personal air vehicle. When George Jetson was ready to head off to the office he hopped into his bubble-shaped aerocar and…

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