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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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Air Force announces new Supervisor Refresher Course

Posted  January 31, 2014

The Air Force announced guidance for the new Supervisor Refresher Course (MAFHRMS420), which will be offered by the Air Force Personnel Professional Development School at Maxwell AFB, Ala., in fiscal year 2014. This course was designed to meet the federal mandate for follow-on supervisory education at least once every three years after completing the initial…

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AF convenes officer RIF board, offers voluntary separation pay

Posted  January 31, 2014

The Air Force will convene an officer reduction in force board June 16, 2014 to evaluate eligible officers for retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. Officers who meet the RIF board who are not selected for retention must separate by Jan. 31, 2015. RIF is among several fiscal year 2014 force management programs…

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AFMC promotes American Heart Month

Posted  January 31, 2014

February is American Heart Month. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report approximately 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year – that’s one out of every four deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, but heart disease is preventable and controllable when individuals make healthy lifestyle…

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In memoriam

Posted  January 31, 2014

Michael Anthony Golackson, age 52, passed away Jan. 26, 2014, in his hometown of Tehachapi. Golackson was born in Festus, Mo., Nov. 11, 1961. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, for three years. After working his way through college to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering…

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Force shaping board convenes in July

Posted  January 31, 2014

The Air Force will convene a fiscal year 2014 Force Shaping Board here July 14 to consider eligible officers within competitive categories for continued retention, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Jan. 27. Categories include line of the Air Force, LAF-judge advocate, biomedical sciences corps, dental corps, medical service corps and nurse corps. The purpose…

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News Briefs January 31, 2014

Posted  January 31, 2014

Relocation of “The Elephant in the Room” event Feb. 7 Due to maintenance issues, “The Elephant in the Room” event 4:45-6 p.m., Feb. 7 will be the Mental Health Clinic (Bldg. 5513) instead of Bldg. 3940. This Q&A discussion will offer parents tips on how to talk to teens about healthy dating, warning signs of…

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Airlift/Tanker Association seeks award nominations

Posted  January 31, 2014

The Airlift/Tanker Association sponsors multiple national awards for contributions to the air mobility command airlift and tanker missions. The president of the local A/TA Flight Test Chapter would like to enlist your help getting the word out about the A/TA Hall of Fame Award. We certainly have many men and women here at Edwards that…

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Big Game’ savings available at Edwards Commissary

Posted  January 31, 2014

Six of the Defense Commissary Agency’s top-15 sales days of the 21st century have been the Saturday before the NFL’s Super Bowl Sunday. It’s not lost on DeCA officials that many football fans in the military venture to their commissary to stock up for their own “Big Game” events. “You can argue that the Super…

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Dempsey: No plans to close military commissaries

Posted  January 31, 2014

Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Tonnette Thompson Shoppers can lessen the financial pinch by purchasing their goods at a commissary. According to Defense Commissary Agency officials, consumers can save more than 30 percent by shopping at a base commissary instead of going to off-base merchants. Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans…

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Drought puts Edwards pets at risk from predators

Posted  January 31, 2014

Courtesy photograph Bobcats like this one, along with coyotes, can be seen all over the base landscape. Edwards residents are reminded to take precautionary steps to avoid attracting the animals, which could pose a safety risk to both pets and humans. Edwards housing area residents are reporting increasing numbers of coyotes and bobcats in people’s…

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