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Joint Strike Fighter ITF ground testing F-35 gun

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is in the process of testing the F-35A's newest munitions asset - the GAU-22/A. The gun is a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 millimeter rounds.

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Outdoor Rec provides excursions, arsenal for summer activities

Outdoor Recreation provides tools and excursions for every season of the year, from camping, snowboarding and surfing, to parasailing, indoor skydiving and much more.  As a resource to the base, ODR provides coolers, tents, chairs, fishing poles and other camping equipment.

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New AFMC mission, vision statements emphasize agility

New mission and vision statements are the foundation of a new command strategy designed to push Air Force Materiel Command to be more agile as it delivers war-winning support to the warfighter. The command’s new mission statement is succinct but declarative: “deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities.”†The mission statement encompasses the entire spectrum of AFMC’s…

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Exchange doubles gas savings July 24-26

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The Edwards AFB Exchange Express Gas Station. In honor of its 120th anniversary, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is pumping up gas savings by doubling the discount for MILITARY STAR cardholders. From July 24 to July 26, drivers fueling up with a MILITARY STAR card at Army…

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New commander online with 412th Communications Squadron

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon From left: Col. Eric Leshinsky, 412th Mission Support Group commander, and Lt. Col. J. Scott Fuller pose for a photo as Lt. Col. Christopher Budde looks on. Budde relinquished command of the 412th Communications Squadron to Fuller during a change of command ceremony at Club Muroc July 10. Fuller…


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Acting SecAF highlights innovation in ‘State of the Force’ address

Posted  September 20, 2013

In his keynote address at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 16, Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning touted innovation as the fabric of the service’s past and future.

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Iron Man stars in 15th Free Exchange-Exclusive Marvel Comic Book

Posted  September 20, 2013

Iron Man, the world-famous Armored Avenger, joins the U.S. Military to defend America from the dastardly dragon Fin Fang Foom in Marvel Comics’ fifteenth free, military-exclusive comic book, available only at Army & Air Force Exchange Service locations worldwide. In the all-new 36-page comic, an evil energy conglomerate awakens the ancient beast while illegally drilling…

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

Posted  September 20, 2013

– Last week our country remembered the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama and the death of four young girls. At their funeral, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. offered a thought provoking perspective when he stated: “God still has a way of wringing good out of evil”…

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National Suicide Prevention Month: Ask, care, escort

Posted  September 20, 2013

  “Always remember that our most valuable resource is each other. When one of us faces a challenge, we all must stand together. By fighting as one team, we can – and we will – help prevent suicide.” – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel   The month of September has been designated as National Suicide…

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Education opportunities plentiful for Edwards children

Posted  September 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Branch Elementary students make paper helicopters under the direction of Mickey Bowen, 412th Test Wing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics outreach director. Bowen taught the students how a helicopter flies. After they folded their papers into a helicopter shape the students dropped them to see how they twirled to…

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Announcements – September 20, 2013

Posted  September 20, 2013

Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO Full Time Flight Instructor Needed: The Edwards AFB Aero Club currently has a position open for a full-time flight instructor, CFI or CFII, starting salary $30 per hour on a one -ear contract with option for renewal. Aero Club is an FAA Part 141…

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Leadership about everyone moving ‘up’ together

Posted  September 13, 2013

You can find leadership lessons in the strangest places. Some people search high and low, far and wide for mentors and wise sages with the hope of finding leadership enlightenment, the moment when everything in your supervision tool box finds a purpose. For me, that moment didn’t happen during a weeklong seminar, conference or executive…

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Thrift Store hours

Posted  September 13, 2013

Air Force photograph by Diane Betzler The Edwards AFB Thrift Store has a variety of items for sale and is always in need of donations.†Profits from the sale of donations and consignments are given back to the community via scholarships and donations from the Edwards Officers Spouses Club. A†military I.D. or CAC is NOT required…

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AFMC to eliminate flu shots for some civilians due to budget

Posted  September 13, 2013

As command officials make tough budget decisions with fewer dollars to spend, Air Force Materiel Command civilian employees who are not beneficiaries of the TRICARE health program will no longer receive AFMC-provided flu shots in advance of the upcoming flu season. Civilian health is a top priority in AFMC. However, vaccine purchases had to be…

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Does it really matter if I wear my uniform properly, with pride?

Posted  September 13, 2013

I have been asked countless times throughout my career and may have even asked the question myself as a young Airman sitting inside a storage area at McConnell Air Force Base. Why does it really matter if Airmen wear their uniform properly and why do the senior NCOs talk about Air Force Instruction 35-10 all…

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