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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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Spiritual Fitness: Finding your ‘happy place’

Posted  January 24, 2014

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska†-†Spiritual fitness is a component of CAF that is often overlooked by the average Airman. Why? Because it isn’t as up front and easy to understand or exercise as the other pillars. Physical fitness is simple, hit the gym and eat healthily. Social fitness is all about developing healthy relationships with others….

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AF acquisition chief nominee testifies

Posted  January 24, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo Dr. William A. LaPlante is the principal deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON – Dr. Bill LaPlante testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Jan. 16 during his nomination hearing to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. Ive spent over 28…

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How to make scheduling an appointment easier

Posted  January 24, 2014

Scheduling a medical appointment with a healthcare provider can sometimes be a frustrating task for patients. Whether its long hold times due to high call volume or the inability to get an appointment that meets the patient’s needs in a timely manner, frustration can sometimes carry over to the appointment resulting in patient dissatisfaction. The…

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Understanding the Importance of Spiritual Fitness

Posted  January 24, 2014

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan – From senior leadership to our newest recruits, many of our Airmen today struggle with the concept of spirituality and how it influences their thoughts and behaviors. For many, the word spirituality is merely a synonym for religion or a metaphysical conception that has no real bearing on their lives. However,…

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Edwards Fire and Emergency Services protects base daily

Posted  January 24, 2014

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber This Edwards AFB Fire Department P-15 Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle is the last operational vehicle of its kind in the Air Force. It carries 6,000 gallons of water and foam. More than 13,000 people are connected to Edwards AFB, both military and civilian. With five stations, the…

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Announcements – January 31, 2014

Posted  January 30, 2014

Non-Appropriated Fund Sale The Force Support Squadron will be conducting a NAF Sale in the parking lot of Bldg. 5605 (Lodging) 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jan. 31. Only E-1 thru E-4 can buy items from 10 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. All other customers, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Items to be sold include furniture and equipment from Lodging,…

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AF chief of staff visits

Posted  January 31, 2014

Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force chief of staff, meets with Airmen at the Joshua Tree Dining Facility Jan. 29. Welsh, along with his wife, Betty, is visiting Edwards AFB to meet with Team Edwards Airmen and their families, as well as receive updates on test programs. Welsh will visit the Joint Strike Fighter…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  January 31, 2014

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Can a human mind become detached like a retina in person’s eye? Theologian and Bishop N.T. Wright claims that is exactly what happens when we put our feelings ahead of reason.  For instance in a contentious meeting we probably say…

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Local high schoolers get glimpse of careers in science, technology

Posted  January 31, 2014

Students from Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Desert High Schools participated in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-focused tour of Edwards AFB, Jan. 22. Their stops included the Air Force Test Pilot School, the 412th Electronic Warfare Group and NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.

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Small donation can have life-saving impact

Posted  January 31, 2014

The doors to the trauma center fly open as military doctors and nurses fill the room. Their newest patient, a young Airman who just got medevac’d from injuries sustained by a horrific car accident.

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