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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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Filling squares

Posted  June 21, 2013

As Airmen, we are more than familiar with the need to fill the proverbial squares as we strive to progress in our military career. To be competitive for awards and promotions, we must commit ourselves to goals such as education, passing the fitness exam, and community service. It is through completion of these expectations and…

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Edwards Drug Take Back Day gets unwanted/unused drugs out of house

Posted  June 21, 2013

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit From left: Staff Sgt. Ryan Ball and Senior Airman Kenneth Gordon, 412th Security Forces Squadron; Deputy Brandon Routh, Kern County Sheriffís Department; Master Sgt. Shawna Wesley and Maj. Vanthy Pham, 412th Medical Group; and Lola Becerra, civilian pharmacy technician. at The 412th Medical Group, 412th Security Forces Squadron and…

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31st TES assigns squadron’s first F-35 dedicated crew chiefs

Posted  June 21, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron recently honored 16 dedicated crew chiefs during a recognition ceremony in Hangar 1810 June 14. The ceremony marked a milestone that coincided with the squadronís recent acquisition of its first F-35 Lightning II aircraft specifically assigned for operational test and evaluation. Since the…

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Combating stress

Posted  June 21, 2013

Stress. The Oxford dictionary defines stress as “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” We’ve all experienced it; some more than others. With the continuing budget shortfalls, uncertainty of sequestration furloughs, a pending compliance inspection and the upcoming summer move cycle, many of us are feeling…

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Scholarship program helps students pay for college

Posted  June 21, 2013

More than $1 million in financial assistance will go to 670 students, considered to be among the nation’s best and brightest, thanks to this year’s Scholarships for Military Children program. Since its start in 2001, the Scholarships for Military Children program has awarded $1,500 scholarships to 7,412 children of active duty, Guard and Reserve, and…

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No butts about it, smoking can be deadly to environment too

Posted  June 21, 2013

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit A small but potentially disastrous fire was extinguished by the Edwards AFB Fire Department June 17 in front of the 412th Medical Group’s Main Clinic. The cause of the fire is blamed on an improperly extinguished cigarette butt. Everyone knows that smoking can be hazardous to one’s health, but…

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Coming soon!

Posted  June 21, 2013

The new Army and Air Force Exchange†is†nearing completion. The Edwards AFB Exchange had their groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 4, 2013†for the new service station. This project started†almost three†years ago after the need to upgrade existing facilities was recognized. The†current gas station has been around for 20-plus years. The new station will keep in compliance with California…

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461st FLTS gets new boss

Posted  June 21, 2013

Lockheed Martin photograph by Darin Russell Col. Christopher Azzano, former 412th Operations Group commander, hands the 461st Flight Test Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Andrew Allen during a change of command ceremony June 11, 2013. Allen assumed command of the squadron, which conducts developmental testing for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Lt. Col. George Schwartz,…

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Blanket authorization waiver letter extended to July 2

Posted  June 21, 2013

United Healthcare Military & Veterans began serving the TRICARE West region April 1, 2013. Since then, some beneficiaries and providers have experienced service problems related to processing medical referral authorizations. To mitigate delays in patient care, TRICARE Management Activity made an exception to policy and issued a blanket authorization waiver letter allowing TRICARE west region…

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News Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 21, 2013

Airman passing The commander regrets to announce the passing of Senior Airman Patience M. Allen, 412th Medical Support Squadron. Allen passed away June 10, 2013. To settle the estate of the deceased, 2nd Lt. Jose Pagan, assigned to Edwards AFB, Calif., has been appointed as Summary Courts officer.†Any persons having a claim for or against…

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