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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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Resilience = optimism

Posted  January 10, 2014

Now that we have entered a New Year what goals do you dare to achieve? What kind of attitude will you portray? Most of you have heard 90 percent of what we accomplish in life is based on our attitudes. Acknowledging your future endeavors coincides with resilience, which involves being adaptable, flexible and intelligent. Your…

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412th TW ‘Back in the Saddle’ 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Before returning to flight test operations, Team Edwards testers welcomed the new year with the annual Back in the Saddle briefing Jan. 6 in the Base Theater, focusing on safety, teamwork and mishap prevention.

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Virtual TAP curriculum available for separating service members

Posted  January 10, 2014

Separating service members can participate in the transition assistance program online, Department of Defense officials announced. TAP – now called Transition GPS-Goals, Plans and Success – is designed to help prepare separating and retiring members for life outside of the military. It includes a variety of seminars from dressing for success to financial independence. The…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted  January 10, 2014

- Take time to reflect on this quote from pastor and speaker Paul Tripp. “When I was a child I overheard a drunken man saying perverse things about the women around him. Later my mother said to me, ‘There is nothing that comes out of the mouth of a drunk that wasn’t there in the…

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Victim Advocate of the Month

Posted  January 10, 2014

Name: Julie Brater Duty Title: Secretary to the Air Force Test Center Chief of Safety Organization: Air Force Test Center Number of years of service: Nine Hometown: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Why did you become a Volunteer Victim Advocate? During my years managing the front office for the Wing Chaplain, I had the opportunity to be…

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Eligible officers, enlisted members offered early retirement

Posted  January 10, 2014

Staff through senior master sergeants and captains through lieutenant colonels in certain Air Force Specialty Codes may apply to retire with fewer than 20 years of active service under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. Commonly referred to as the 15-year retirement, TERA will be implemented to help achieve manpower…

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Project84 continues into New Year

Posted  January 10, 2014

Towards the end of 2013, Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, announced his cost-savings initiative for Edwards AFB - Project84. According to Brewer, if everyone on base saved $84 each month, it would ultimately save an excess of $11 million annually.

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AF seeks enlisted commissioning applicants

Posted  January 10, 2014

Eligible active-duty enlisted Airmen interested in pursuing a nursing commission have until Feb. 28 to submit their intent to apply, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 7. The Nurse Enlisted Commissioning Program offers eligible members with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing and an Air Force commission, said Sandra Bruce, of…

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News Briefs January 10, 2014

Posted  January 10, 2014

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony The Airman and Family Readiness Center is preparing for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony in April that celebrates all the volunteers at Edwards Air Force Base and their service between Jan. 1 and Dec., 31 2013. We’re asking all agencies, organizations and units who use volunteers and those who have employees…

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Stepping Forward

Posted  January 10, 2014

Recently I came across an interesting quote from Admiral Togo Heihachiro, Commander of the Japanese Fleet during the Battle of Tsushima in 1905: “If your sword is too short, take one step forward.” Given the environment of reduced budgets, fiscal challenges and potential manpower shortages facing the Air Force, this quote struck me as relevant…

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