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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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Sequestration maybe, but You are not alone!

Posted  March 1, 2013

Webster’s Dictionary lists about 10 synonyms for this word, “sequestration,” that we have heard all too much about lately. None are pleasant. Aloneness, insulation and seclusion being a few of what Webstersí lists. Well, it’s a good thing, we are not Webster’s. Why? We are not alone, insulated or secluded. We, who may have to…

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News Briefs February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Purgatory Vodka and similar products The product Purgatory Vodka is made with hemp seed and is being sold in exchanges around the Air Force. Edwards establishments do not stock this item. However, as this item is commercially available, base officials want to ensure everyone is aware of the following information. The ingestion of products containing,…

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Dirt not four-letter word for retiring employee

Posted  February 22, 2013

Air Force photographs Robert Wood speaking at the 65th Anniversary of the Air Force Flight Test Center Oct. 14, 2011. For Bob Wood, dirt isnít a four-letter word. In fact heís shouldered the responsibility of cleaning the dirt at Edwards for as long as the base has had an organization set up for that purpose….

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Message to department from Defense Secretary

Posted  February 22, 2013

To all Department of Defense personnel, For more than a year and a half, the president, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I have repeatedly voiced our deep concerns over the half a trillion dollars in automatic across-the-board cuts that would be imposed under sequestration and the severe damage that would do both to this…

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New medal to retain place in order of precedence

Posted  February 22, 2013

The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will retain its place in the order of precedence among military decorations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 19. Much of the public discussion of the new medal has centered on its precedence. It ranks below the Distinguished Flying Cross and above the Bronze Star. “We are not diminishing…

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2012 climate survey shows overall satisfaction with jobs, leaders

Posted  February 22, 2013

More than 163,000 Airmen voiced their opinions in the online Air Force Climate Survey conducted May 11 – June 22, with results indicating Airmen are satisfied with unit performance and trust their leaders, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Feb. 19. Conducted every two years, the climate survey is designed to measure attitudes toward the…

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F-35 maintainers test CBRN gear

Posted  February 22, 2013

Courtesy photograph F-35 maintainers remove a panel on a JSF last year. Recently, the F-35 Integrated Test Force has progressed towards further operational capability as military members performed maintenance duties while wearing protective uniforms designed to preserve the warfighter and allow the sustainment of operations in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear…

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Twenty-eight graduate from Airman Leadership School

Posted  February 22, 2013

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon Edwards Airman Leadership School Class 13-B gather for a photo at Club Muroc Feb. 14. The twenty-eight Edwards Airmen of Airman Leadership School Class 13-B recently graduated from the school setting them on the next step of their professional military education. The graduates are: Senior Airmen Jacquelyn C. Fisher…

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Flight test museum relocates restoration facility

Posted  February 22, 2013

Air Force photographs by Laura Mowry Volunteers recently helped the Air Force Flight Test Museum relocate to their new storage and restoration facility located at Hangar 1864. One of the aircraft moved to the new facility was the X-4 Bantam. Thanks to the help of numerous volunteers, the Air Force Flight Test Museum recently relocated…

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Plan ahead for those you love

Posted  February 22, 2013

Last year, I dealt with the death of two people close to me. In September, my father passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59, due to an illness. The man I thought to be indestructible, suddenly was gone. Almost exactly two months later, a long-time friend also passed away in the hospital when complications…

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