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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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Edwards firefighters set fire prevention week off to great start

Posted  October 12, 2012

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara A Branch Elementary School student gives Sparky the Fire Dog a high five after completing his fire safety training Oct. 9 on the school grounds. The school was just one of many locations that will be visited by the Edwards Fire Department during Fire Prevention Week which runs from…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Exchange

Posted  October 12, 2012

Exchange shoppers won’t have to wait for December to start the holiday season as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Facebook page is hosting “12 Weeks of Gifting” contest. From Sept. 28 to Dec. 20, shoppers can count down the last 12 weeks until Christmas by entering to win different prizes each week. As…

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My educational journey: Without education, we can’t compete

Posted  October 12, 2012

I began my federal service career in 1989 when I was only 19 years old, which was quite an honor as far as I was concerned. I was thrilled to get a position as a GS-5 secretary in what used to be called the Industrial Base Initiative Group. I had great skills from attending business…

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Did you know?

Posted  October 12, 2012

As the new 412th Test Wing command chief I have been taking time to get to know and talk with you while visiting your units and attending base events. I hope I get a chance to talk with all of you. During my visits I am asked several questions. Some of these questions I can…

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‘Vortex surfing’ could be revolutionary

Posted  October 19, 2012

Flight tests with C-17s "vortex surfing" at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 6 and Oct. 2, have demonstrated potentially large savings of fuel and money by doing what geese do naturally.

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AF officials releasing enlisted quarterly assignment listing on Oct. 22

Posted  October 19, 2012

Air Force officials are releasing the enlisted quarterly assignment listing, or EQUAL, Oct. 22 for the July to September 2013 overseas assignment cycle. Enlisted Airmen must update their assignment preferences by Nov. 1 and they will be notified of their assignment selections by Nov. 16. “We are accelerating the release of the EQUAL list to…

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It’s no trick the Exchange is treating shoppers with cash for Halloween

Posted  October 19, 2012

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service invites shoppers to see what lurks on the shelves in its latest contest as it gives away two $500 Exchange shopping sprees, ten $100 gift cards for the runners-up and 20 $50 gift cards for third place. The “Halloween Treasure Hunt Sweepstakes” will send Exchange patrons on a…

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Community Briefs – October 19, 2012

Posted  October 19, 2012

<strong>The PLAYpass deadline has been extended through Dec. 31, 2012.</strong> If your spouse is deployed or you are a single Airman returning from a deployment, then come to the A&amp;FRC to get your PLAYpass and register! PLAYpass discount cards are used for various activities and programs on base for adults and children. For more information…

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CFC: Find your reason to donate

Posted  October 19, 2012

For the last six years, people have approached me during this time of year to ask if I would donate through the Combined Federal Campaign. These people caught my ear in different manners – some sat me down for a lengthy explanation of the CFC, some informed me of the CFC drive during commander’s calls,…

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Avoid the flu with these top tips

Posted  October 19, 2012

Did you know that nine out of 10 healthy people who get a flu shot, don’t get the flu? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s true! And because it takes two weeks for a flu shot’s immunity to build completely, now is the best time to get vaccinated for flu season….

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