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Vandalism costs school district $12,000

Several base schools have been vandalized since Aug. 25 incurring over $12,000 in damages to the Muroc Joint Unified School District. The majority of the destruction has occurred at Bailey Elementary School where windows, ceiling tiles and equipment such as phones, light panels, display cases, over-head projectors and clocks have been broken. “We have a…

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C-17 treads into new territory

U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner Since Dunlop Tire was selected as the supplier for the C-17 as the replacement tire, the C-17 Global Reach Integrated Test Team at Edwards AFB has been putting the C-17’s new Dunlop tires through a collection of vibration, skid, stability, structural and wet-and-dry runway takeoff and landing performance…

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412th CE leads way in water conservation

U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber Xeriscaping can take on many forms, ranging from decomposed granite that looks like dirt, to rocks with desert shrubs and low-water-use trees. Edwards has chosen to stick with a low-maintenance, decorative rock. According to Gerald Boetsch, 412th Civil Engineering Group energy manager, Edwards has always been very proactive…

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Prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing meds changing

On Aug. 22, the Drug Enforcement Agency changed all hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule II, a tightly-controlled classification that will change how it is prescribed and dispensed. Products that contain hydrocodone include medications such as Vicodin and Norco, and many generic formulations. The change becomes effective across the United States Oct. 6. What does this mean…

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Travis Brass brings new Air Force sound to AV

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West’s Travis Brass ensemble headlined the fifth annual Celebrate America on the Blvd. event in Downtown Lancaster Sept. 6.


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My educational journey Take advantage of the benefits available to you

Posted  November 9, 2012

One of the saddest things I’ve witnessed during my 35 years with the Air Force – including over 23 years active duty, as a contractor, and now as an Air Force civilian – has been people who stay with our service as a career, yet never use the many educational benefits available to them. My…

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Open season set for 3 civilian benefits programs

Posted  November 9, 2012

Open season for three civilian benefits programs will be Nov. 12 through Dec. 10. Those programs are the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program. Federal Employees Health Benefits In the FEHB program, premiums will increase an average of 3.4 percent higher…

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Cerro Coso Community College student Smarter Measure Assessment test information

Posted  November 9, 2012

Effective July 1, 2012, students beginning their enrollment in Fall 2012 semester must have graduated from an accredited High School or passed the GED before receiving certain types of Financial Aid. All students are required to attend Student Orientation prior to taking their Assessment test. Assessment testing is administered to incoming students in order to:…

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Air Force leaders issue Veterans Day message

Posted  November 9, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following Veterans Day message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: “Our Air Force’s success is founded in the sacrifice of generations who served before….

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Lancaster Veterans Day Parade honors those who served

Posted  November 9, 2012

Photograph courtesy of Ray Santana Fifty Airmen from Edwards Air Force Base marched in the Lancaster Veterans Day Parade Nov. 3. The city celebrated this year’s Veterans Day a week before the National Veterans Day commemoration.

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High-tech simulator keeps Edwards skies safe

Posted  November 9, 2012

Air traffic controllers are known for having one of the most challenging, demanding and stressful career fields. Personnel are required to make lightning-fast decisions, while using precise verbal communication to keep traffic in the skies and on the ground safe and orderly. To ensure the Edwards’ controllers are at the top of their game, tower…

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New seminar helps military transition to civilian jobs

Posted  November 9, 2012

For those soon-to-be separating or retiring Airmen at Edwards, the Transition Assistance Program has always been there to aid those transitioning from the military work environment to the civilian sector, and as of Nov. 5, new military members in the process of transitioning will now have a completely revamped TAP experience. The revamped program, now…

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AFTC CC details transition, successes, future goals for test enterprise

Posted  November 9, 2012

Brig. Gen. Arnie Bunch, Air Force Test Center commander, addressed the International Test and Evaluation Association Nov. 6 detailing the transition to Air Force Materiel Command’s 5-Center construct, as well as the reorganization’s successes, benefits, future goals and what it all means to the AFTC. The center stood up in response to AFMC’s 5-Center reorganization,…

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Seven members of Team Edwards honored by President Obama

Posted  November 9, 2012

Courtesy photograph Members of the all-volunteer Kern County Sheriff’s Department Desert Search and Rescue Team pose for a picture Oct. 30 in Bakersfield, Calif. The team received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2011. The team amassed more than 9,500 hours of volunteer service during 2011. Seven Team Edwards members are part of the team….

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X-48 Blended Wing Body Research aircraft makes 100th test flight

Posted  November 9, 2012

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The upgraded X-48C version of Boeing’s Blending Wing Body subscale research aircraft banks over Rogers Dry Lake near “Contractors’ Row” at Edwards Air Force Base during a test flight Oct. 16, 2012. Combined with the earlier X-48B version, the X-48 technology demonstrator has now flown 100 test missions, more than…

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