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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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‘Arm the chute’

Posted  August 30, 2013

The following is fictional … but, not far-fetched “Departure, Recover … Controls Release.” The test conductor stared at the telemetry stream while listening for other cues from the pilot through the headset. “30,000 feet,” called the chase pilot, flying in a descending orbit around the test aircraft as it gyrated erratically toward the ground. “Go…

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412th AMDS takes measure to keep West Nile Virus out

Posted  August 30, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Staff Sgt. Dawann Johnson, 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, hangs a Solid-State Army Miniature (SSAM) trap at Branch Pond. The traps are designed to hang from a rope tied to a tree branch or similar surface and attract mosquitoes and other bugs to be tested. Johnson runs the Food Sanitation…

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Announcements August 30, 2013

Posted  August 30, 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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What do you mean, ‘Back to basics?

Posted  August 30, 2013

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Last September, in his first speech as the Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III advocated a back-to-basics approach for the Air Force. He noted that the missions of the Air Force have not changed over time, but rather, the terms by which we identify the missions…

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Get to know your Airmen

Posted  August 23, 2013

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C.†-†”It all starts with great NCOs and great supervisors who understand every Airman does have a story,” said the general. A part of taking care of people is knowing their stories. “Learn their stories. I am absolutely convinced that if we knew each other better, we would care for each other more,”…

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Benefits of SCRA, Military Star Card don’t always intersect

Posted  August 23, 2013

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, introduced in 1940 as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, was established to protect active duty service members from what might happen to their financial or legal obligations after they start military service. Decades later, the Military Star Card was established in response to military leadership’s concerns regarding a…

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Edwards, 412th TW show appreciation to its civilian workforce

Posted  August 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Alexander Kovras (left), 412th Force Support Squadron civilian leader, poses with Eddy the Coyote, the Edwards Air Force Base mascot, at the announcement of the ìEdwards Gives Backî initiative, which will kick off Aug. 23. The initiative will consist of providing all Edwards and Air Force Plant 42 federal…

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Annual Fair opens doors for education opportunities

Posted  August 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Staff Sgt. Samuel Davis (right), 412th Maintenance Squadron, speaks to an Antelope Valley College program coordinator and representative during the annual education fair held at the Club Muroc Alliance Ballroom Aug. 14. The educations fair was sponsored by the Edwards Education Office. More than 48 colleges and universities were…

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Honorary commander says tour of BAF ‘like a movie’

Posted  August 23, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Lt. Elbert Chan, 412th Electronic Warfare Group, project lead engineer, shows his group of commanders and honorary commanders photographs that demonstrate how the Benefield Anechoic Facility operates. Members of the Honorary Commanders Program were given a tour of the 412th Electronic Warfare Group facilities, which included trips to the…

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Check what’s in your food, supplements

Posted  August 23, 2013

While in Florida, a military member recently purchased a yogurt cup that included hemp seeds as one of its ingredients. Luckily she looked at all the ingredients before ingesting the snack. Air Force Instruction 44-121 states: “3.2.2. Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of…

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