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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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News Briefs June 14, 2013

Posted  June 14, 2013

Airman passing The commander regrets to announce the passing of Senior Airman Fernando R. Flores, assigned to 412th Security Forces Squadron, Edwards AFB, Calif. Flores passed away May 23, 2013. To settle the estate of the deceased, 1st Lt. Kathryn Stewart, assigned to Edwards, has been appointed as Summary Courts Officer. Any persons having a claim for…

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412th MXS lands new boss

Posted  June 14, 2013

Air Force photograph by Chris Neill Col. Robert Weaver, 412th Maintenance Group commander, hands the 412th Maintenance Squadron guidon to Margaret Fleming in a change of leadership ceremony held in Hangar 1600 June 7. Fleming takes over for Tye Lockard who moved on to a new position in Arizona. Fleming comes to the 412th MXS…

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Introducing MiCare, AFMS’s New Online Secure Messaging System coming soon to Edwards

Posted  June 14, 2013

The Air Force Medical Service is excited to begin patient registrations for MiCare, the Military’s online confidential secure messaging service. This system has been shown to significantly reduce the number of phone calls between patients and providers, increase patient satisfaction, and save time for the medical office staff and the patient. The AFMS aims to…

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Child Support Services workshop held for base helping agencies

Posted  June 14, 2013

A free update and training workshop presented by the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department was held June 4 in order for Edwards personnel assigned to base helping agencies to learn about important updates in child support services. The workshop was held to better equip base helping agencies with information to pass on to…

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Date of separation rollback phase II underway

Posted  June 14, 2013

The Air Force has implemented fiscal 2013 force management enlisted date of separation rollback program phase II, Air Force Personnel Center officials said June 12. DOS rollback is one of several voluntary and non-voluntary programs implemented during fiscal 2013 to help bring overall force numbers to congressionally mandated levels, said Lt. Col. Tara White, the…

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Why enforce the standards

Posted  June 14, 2013

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea -†In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders.†They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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TRICARE referral process resumes authorization requirement

Posted  June 14, 2013

Air Force graphic by Jet Fabara   On April 1, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans began serving as the TRICARE West Region managed care support contractor. Soon after the change to UnitedHealthcare, some beneficiaries and providers experienced service problems related to processing medical referral authorizations. To mitigate those problems and to ensure timely and effective medical…

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NASA flights target how pollution, storms, climate mix

Posted  June 14, 2013

NASA photograph by Lori Losey NASA’s DC-8 flying laboratory will carry a team of scientists and their sensors for the Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys (SEAC4RS) campaign. SEAC4RS will investigate how pollution and natural emissions affect atmospheric NASA aircraft will take to the skies over the southern United…

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Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted  June 14, 2013

- A sense of purpose can overcome adversity. The Hanoi Hilton inflicted terrible suffering on hundreds.  But from the ashes of POWs came 16 general officers, six admirals, two ambassadors, two college presidents, two U.S. Senators, one U.S. Representative, 3 MDs and many other CEOs and leaders.   Through our prayers — an opportunity to…

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Edwards Exchange transitioning to Rip-Stop Airman Battle Uniform

Posted  June 14, 2013

As the Air Force transitions from the Airman Battle Uniform to the Rip-Stop Airman Battle Uniform (RABU), the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will no longer be able to order the ABU once the Defense Logistics Agency's stock is depleted and will sell only the RABU.

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