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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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Pilots, combat systems officers may be eligible for retention incentives

Posted  June 27, 2014

WASHINGTON -†Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal year 2014 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said June 25. “As we resize our force with the right balance of skills to meet Air Force mission requirements and continue to focus on retaining high-performing Airmen, ARP…

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Know your fireworks to make this July 4th safe

Posted  June 27, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara This year’s Freedom Fest will be held July 4th beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Roberts and Wings Fields. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. Two hundred people on average go the…

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418th FLTS welcomes new commander

Posted  June 27, 2014

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Col. Rodney Todaro, 412th Operations Group commander (left), hands the 418th Flight Test Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Eric Bippert (center) during the squadron’s change of command ceremony June 18 in Hangar 1623. Bippert assumed command from outgoing commander, Lt. Col. C.B. Cain (right). At the 418th FLTS, Bippert will oversee a…

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Cox-Dean assumes command of 412th MDG

Posted  June 27, 2014

Col. Karen L. Cox-Dean gives her first salute as 412th Medical Group commander to Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, June 25. Cox-Dean assumed command from Col. Keith Donaldson (right) who is headed to his next assignment in†Washington, D.C. Cox-Dean comes to Edwards from Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., where she served…

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Huron comes home to test

Posted  June 27, 2014

Photograph by by Jet Fabara Larry Mergili, an L3 Communications site manager attached to the 445th Flight Test Squadron, checks the undercarriage of a C-12C Huron, tail number 31215, after arriving from its aircraft condition inspection from San Angelo, Texas, on June 20. This specific C-12C was out for more than a year due to…

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News Briefs June 27, 2014

Posted  June 27, 2014

Blood drive The next American Red Cross Blood Drive at Edwards is 10 a.m.-4 p.m., July 2 in the Chapel 1 Annex. Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted. To make an appointment, contact the blood drive coordinators, Senior Airman Joe Hernandez at joe.hernandez@edwards.af.mil Senior Airman Sarah Bird at sarah.bird.2@us.af.mil. You can also self-book online at…

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Announcements – July 3, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

Freedom Fest: July 4, 4:30-10 p.m., Wings and Roberts Fields. Come out to this free event to celebrate Independence Day with food, beverages, waterslides, a live band, shaved ice, free watermelon, laser tag, fireworks and much more! Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO Airframe & Power Plant Classes: Classes begin…

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Quarterly travel advisory

Posted  July 3, 2014

As the warmer months approach, many people generally plan vacations. Both overseas and within the United States travelers should be aware of the local threats that they may encounter while on their vacations. Criminal, terroristic, cyber and intelligence based threats are always important to be aware of. For military and DOD civilians many foreign countries…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  July 3, 2014

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – The 4th of July is all about celebrating our freedom as a nation. Merriam-Webster tells us that celebrating is “to do something special or enjoyable for an important event, occasion, holiday.to say that (someone or something) is great or important.” …

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Desert animals visit the Library

Posted  July 3, 2014

Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber Children at the Summer Reading Program got a chance to see wildlife first-hand when Environmental Management brought a gopher snake for the children to touch.   The Base Library brought wildlife indoors June 27 as part of the Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read.” Patti Kumazawa, Environmental Management, marketing…

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