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Edwards joint maintenance team completes significant JSF propulsion verification event

A propulsion verification event is often considered tedious but essential work accomplished by the unseen maintainers of the developmental test and evaluation world.

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Edwards heroes save coworker’s life

For four heavy equipment operators with the 412th Civil Engineer Group March 13 was simply supposed to be another early morning day on the flightline, for another operator it was a day he almost lost his life if not for the actions of his four heroic coworkers.

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Thunderbirds give up-close look to academy-bound student

Headlining the 2015 Los Angeles County Airshow March 21-22 was U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, also known as the Thunderbirds.

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Brewer: ‘Continue to move forward’

After almost three years as the 412th Test Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Michael Brewer is saying goodbye to the High Desert and heading off to the Midwest to his new assignment at Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command.

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SOFIA finds missing link between supernovae, planet formation

Using NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, an international scientific team discovered that supernovae are capable of producing a substantial amount of the material from which planets like Earth can form.


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News Briefs December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Last Desert Wings This is the last issue of Desert Wings for 2012. The first issue of 2013 will be published Jan. 11, 2013. The Desert Wings staff wish all our readers a safe and happy holiday. Commissary closure The Commissary will close at 4 p.m., Dec. 24 and remain closed until 9:30 a.m., Dec….

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412th Medical Group to undergo AAAHC Accreditation and AF Health Services inspection

Posted  December 21, 2012

The 412th Medical Group will undergo a thorough survey Jan. 7 through 11, 2013, to verify the group’s compliance with national ambulatory health care and Air Force Medical Service standards. The purpose of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, or AAAHC, survey is to evaluate the group’s compliance with national ambulatory health care standards….

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Real-world projects prepare students for future flight test

Posted  December 21, 2012

When students arrive at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, they enter as the top operational pilots, navigators and engineers from the Air Force, sister services and allies. After completing the intense year-long master’s program, they emerge as the next generation of elite test professionals that will handcraft war-winning capabilities of the future. The…

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10 ways to dazzle the IG during an inspection

Posted  December 21, 2012

What you consider as your worst nightmare is coming to fruition: The Inspector General is coming to your unit to conduct a periodic readiness or compliance inspection! Apprehension, worry, fear, anxiety and tension float through the wing like a thick fog as questions arise in everyone’s minds. What will the IG expect of me? What…

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‘Moonlighters’ bid farewell to its last CH-46

Posted  December 21, 2012

Marines from the Marine Aircraft Group 41, Detachment Alpha and the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 764, known as the ‘Moonlighters,’ were in full force Dec. 19 to bid farewell to the squadron’s last CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter as it departed Edwards Air Force Base for the last time. The CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, tail number…

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Announcements – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Holiday Hours: Family Down Day – Dec. 24 FSS facilities that will be opened with the following hours: Aero Club: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Child Development Center: 6:15 a.m.-6 p.m. Family Child Care: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Information, Tickets & Tours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Muroc Lake Golf Course: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oasis Community Center: 9 a.m.-6 p.m….

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Holidays – a time to be thankful

Posted  December 21, 2012

For many, gathering with friends and family for the holidays often leads to discussions of the things we are thankful for. As you think about the blessings you’ve enjoyed in the past year, I ask that you also remember the men and women who defend our freedom, one of the greatest gifts of all. Today…

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Team Edwards leaders promote safety, overall wellness before holiday season

Posted  December 21, 2012

With the holiday season upon us, leaders around the Air Force regularly use this time to remind its community and workforce that safety never takes a holiday. With that same resolve, base leaders at Edwards were on hand Dec. 14 at the West Gate exit to wish Team Edwards motorists a happy holiday season and…

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412th TW commander sends holiday message

Posted  December 21, 2012

To the Men and Women of Team Edwards, As we all know the holidays are upon us and I will take this opportunity to say, that no commander could be more proud or more grateful, than I am, for the myriad of remarkable things you have done this past year. Whether it is being the…

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F-35 ‘pushes the envelope’

Posted  December 21, 2012

The F-35 Integrated Test Force made significant progress expanding the flight envelope of the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant over the past few months with numerous successes in High Angle of Attack (AoA) flight test, with the completion of the first intentional departure of controlled flight Dec. 4 and now having tested the aircraft…

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