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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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Air Force announces changes to headquarters organization

Posted  July 18, 2014

Air Force leaders announced changes to headquarters staff manning and organization July 14. The Air Force will create efficiencies by deactivating and realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, Major Commands, Numbered Air Forces and Field Operating Agencies, resulting in savings of $1.6 billion across the Air Force in the next five years. “I will work…

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CMSAF Cody tours Edwards, discusses fiscal realities, changes

Posted  July 18, 2014

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody, the 17th chief master sergeant appointed to the service's highest enlisted rank, and his wife, Athena, visited the high desert for the first time to meet with and thank Airmen and their families, and to get an up close look at the Edwards mission.

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

Posted  July 18, 2014

- What is your purpose?  That question is asked of us throughout the years. Perhaps a better question should be “have you forgotten your purpose”? Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School states it this way, “Over the years I’ve watched the fates of my HBS classmates from 1979 unfold; I’ve seen more and more…

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Announcements – July 18, 2014

Posted  July 18, 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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News Briefs July 11, 2014

Posted  July 11, 2014

Change of command Col. Robert Lepper Jr., will assume command of the 412th MXG from Col. Robert Weaver II at 9 a.m., July 10 in Hangar 1600. Lt. Col. select promotion party Team Edwards is invited to a promotion party 4:30 p.m., July 11 at Pancho’s in Club Muroc. Come celebrate with Edwards’ newest lieutenant…

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412th TW leaders visit Plant 42, attend director’s call

Posted  July 11, 2014

The men and women of U.S. Air Force Plant 42 hosted Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, and group commanders from Edwards AFB's main base at a director's call June 24.

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July 7 Pulse on AF force management

Posted  July 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – Featured in this force management update are details regarding civilian force management program expansions and ongoing officer early retirement and enlisted retention boards. Civilian force management – voluntary early retirement authority (VERA) /voluntary separation incentive pay (VSIP) The Air Force Personnel Center recently concluded the survey period for VERA/VSIP round 3, in which…

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Memorial service

Posted  July 11, 2014

Donald Lee “Don” Amidon, 68, passed away July 4 after a brief illness. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., July 11 at Edwards Chapel 2. A reception will immediately follow the service in the Chapel Annex. Don is survived by his wife Bonita “Bonnie” Amidon of California City, and his sister Janet Amidon…

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Majors non-selected twice for promotion may be eligible for TERA

Posted  July 11, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Majors not selected for promotion for a second time during the current year 2014A lieutenant colonel line of the Air Force J central selection board, including those who declined continuation, may be eligible for the temporary early retirement authority program, Air Force Personnel Center officials said July 3. Officers…

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Memorial set for DHS student

Posted  July 11, 2014

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of 16-year-old Christopher Alan Ricker who was one of two young Team Edwards family members killed in an automobile accident June 30. Ricker was a student at Desert Junior-Senior High School on Edwards. The memorial service will be held 3 p.m., July 12 at Halley-Olsen-Murphy…

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