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Q&A with the CMSAF

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, visited Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, from March 31 to April 2.

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CSAF discusses Air Force’s need to reset

The Air Force Association hosted its monthly Air Force breakfast with Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, as the key note speaker, April 2, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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Command chief shares secrets to success for enlisted

Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief hosted a mandatory enlisted all-call at the base theater April 13. Smith spent most of the hour sharing the road map to being promoted - good EPR's (Enlisted Performance Reports), education and special duties. 

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F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14.

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Edwards AFB’s EOD team clears UXOs in Cal City, local areas

Residents of California City may have heard a loud bang that didn't quite sound like a sonic boom recently.


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MILITARY STAR® Card strengthens troops’ return on investment

Posted  January 11, 2013

The convenience and use of bank-issued debit and credit cards at exchanges cost the military community dearly last year. In fact, Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers who swiped a bank-issued card this year have ended up generating more than $62 million in fees. “A dual mission to provide quality merchandise and services at…

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SOFIA spots recent starbursts in the Milky Way Galaxy’s center

Posted  January 11, 2013

Researchers using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

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NASA chases climate change clues into the stratosphere

Posted  January 11, 2013

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how changing in a warming climate is changing Earth. The first flights of the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX), a multi-year airborne science…

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Exchange opens doors to local vendors

Posted  January 11, 2013

While the economy may have forced some retailers to scale back on merchandise or services, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is actively seeking the assistance of local businesses to increase the product selection troops and their families find at their Exchange. “Some shoppers drive up to 40 miles or more to come to…

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Thrift Savings Plan: Traditional or Roth, bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted  January 11, 2013

With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark.

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Community Support Coordinators focus on resiliency

Posted  January 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Nancy Koch-Castillo, new 412th Test Wing community support coordinator, met with Louis Zamperini during the Edwards Wingman Day Dec. 10, 2012. Amid a challenging fiscal and personnel climate, the Air Force recently created a Community Support Coordinator position at 71 Air Force installations to help Airmen and their families…

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Be the leader you deserve

Posted  January 11, 2013

We all know that the New Year brings resolutions that typically revolve around better health and fitness, paying off debt or competing educational goals. What about making a resolution to be a better leader? Vince Lombardi said, “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity – having the capacity to lead is not…

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Announcements – January 11, 2013

Posted  January 11, 2013

Holiday Hours: All 412th Force Support Squadron facilities will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Junior’s Birthday holiday with the following exceptions: Aero Club: Flying sunrise to sunset, office closed. Muroc Lake Golf Course: 7 a.m.-sunset. Rosburg Fitness Center: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO…

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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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Health & Safety

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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