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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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News Briefs July 3, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

Motorcycle Advanced Rider Course An additional motorcycle Advanced Rider Course has been scheduled for July 9. Military and DOD civilians may register for this course however military will be given priority when registration approval takes place.†You will receive a confirmation email if you are approved.†Per AFI 91-207, Table 4.1., this course is mandatory for military…

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Announcements – July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO Aero Camp: July 21-25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Open to youth aged 14-19. Cost is $1,600. The first step in training our future pilots. Private Pilot Ground School kit included. Pre-registration required. Airframe & Power Plant Classes: Classes begin June and July. Pre-registration required. All…

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The power of the Military Consumer

Posted  July 11, 2014

Due to the recent trends and the financial challenges of military life, the Department of Defense has teamed up with the Federal Trade Commission, who has partnered with other organizations to form the Military Consumer, a campaign to empower you the consumer to be informed and promote financial readiness. It officially starts July 16 and…

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Freedom Fest goes off with a blast

Posted  July 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Despite the windy conditions, the fireworks extravaganza, which was accompanied by patriotic music, culminated the 2014 Freedom Fest at Edwards July 4.   Undeterred by the triple-digit temperature, more than 3,000 Edwards members came out once again for this year’s Freedom Fest activities July 4 at Wings and Roberts…

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

Posted  July 11, 2014

- How does a person grow?  We know plants require sun, water and food. People need the same elements on the physical level but what about on the spiritual, emotional, and psychological level?  One person recommended this “balanced diet”: scriptures, stories, examples, community, and healthy practices. It is balanced because it relies on proper intake…

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Airmen encouraged to review vRED

Posted  July 11, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – When Airmen go through major changes in their life, such as marriage, a permanent change of station, or having a child, one of the first things that should come to mind is, “I have to update my Virtual Record of Emergency Data,” or vRED. While this is not always the…

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2nd Quarter Fighter Weapons Load Competition final one for 412th MXG commander

Posted  July 11, 2014

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber The 445th Aircraft Maintenance Unit team loads a GBU-38 to the F-16 Shadowís Station 7 during the second quarter Weapons Load Competition July 7. Each team must load an air intercept missile and a guided bomb onto their aircraft with speed and precision. Airmen from the 412th Maintenance Group…

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Meeting veteran helped me feel connection with grandfather

Posted  July 11, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sarah Hall-Kirchner Dale VanBlair, World War II veteran, addresses the crowd that honored him for his 93rd birthday in Belleville, Illinois, June 17. VanBlair thanked everyone for coming to his birthday party and told them that it felt amazing to be appreciated. SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.†-†Twenty-five B-24…

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Honorary commanders take on ‘SERE-ious’ training

Posted  July 11, 2014

A group of three honorary commanders and their guests were given the opportunity to live out a day in the life of an Edwards aircrew member and undergo some Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape land and water survival training July 2 at the Oasis Aquatic Center.

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New school directory guides parents of special-needs kids

Posted  July 11, 2014

WASHINGTON -†A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said July 2. Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DOD’s special needs program, told DOD News that service members and their families can find…

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