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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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Educator teams fly on NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory

Posted  February 22, 2013

The first four Airborne Astronomy Ambassador educators returned safely to Earth at Palmdale, Calif., early in the morning of Feb. 13, 2013, after completing their initial flight on NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA.

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Northern Trust Open gives military members chance to get up close, personal with pros

Posted  February 22, 2013

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit From left: Tech. Sgt. Brent Jnofinn, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron; Staff Sgt. Jeff Powell, 412th Maintenance Group; and Staff Sgt. Adam Shura, Air Force Test Center; stand on the tee box on the 10th hole at the Rivera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., Feb. 13. The three got…

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The Avengers assemble in Exchange and Marvel’s latest military-only free comic

Posted  February 22, 2013

Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, and Black Widow are all making their way to military installations around the world via one million free comic books published exclusively for the Armed Forces by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Marvel Custom Solutions. The new full-color comic, titled “Double Vision,” opens five years in the…

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Drivers continue to find road bumpy after answering automobile ads

Posted  February 22, 2013

An individual or individuals claiming to be “Exchange Inc.” have been placing advertisements in auto magazines and commercial newspapers, leading Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers to believe they’re purchasing a vehicle through the Department of Defense retailer. “This has been a problem for the past few months where someone is using the Exchange’s…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted  February 22, 2013

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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Announcements – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO IFR Refresher Course: Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-noon. Practical IFR Flying Seminar Regulations and Procedures Review. Cost is $105, and pre-registration is preferred. Learn to Fly: The sky is the limit at the Edwards AFB Aero Club. Experience the thrill of piloting an aircraft. Your local…

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News Briefs February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

Commissary closure The Commissary will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of President’s Day.   Exchange hours The Edwards Exchange will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. President’s Day, Feb. 18.   President’s Day: Feb. 18 All 412th FSS facilities will be closed except the following: Aero Club: Flying sunrise to sunset, office closed…

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Pay yourself first

Posted  February 15, 2013

My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid with no money. Thirty short years…

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A fact about Black History Month

Posted  February 15, 2013

Photograph courtesy of www.africanamericanhistory.gov Carter G. Woodson One of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard was Carter G. Woodson. Born in 1875 in New Canton, Va., Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution, giving him the…

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412th TW announces annual award winners

Posted  February 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Edwards Cannon The 412th Test Wing 2012 annual award winners at Club Muroc Feb. 8. feat The 412th Test Wing hosted its annual awards banquet at Club Muroc Feb. 8 where accolades and hardware were handed out to 12 top performing individuals and one team. Congratulations to all awardees for setting…

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