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Joint Strike Fighter ITF ground testing F-35 gun

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is in the process of testing the F-35A's newest munitions asset - the GAU-22/A. The gun is a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 millimeter rounds.

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Outdoor Rec provides excursions, arsenal for summer activities

Outdoor Recreation provides tools and excursions for every season of the year, from camping, snowboarding and surfing, to parasailing, indoor skydiving and much more.  As a resource to the base, ODR provides coolers, tents, chairs, fishing poles and other camping equipment.

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New AFMC mission, vision statements emphasize agility

New mission and vision statements are the foundation of a new command strategy designed to push Air Force Materiel Command to be more agile as it delivers war-winning support to the warfighter. The command’s new mission statement is succinct but declarative: “deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities.”†The mission statement encompasses the entire spectrum of AFMC’s…

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Exchange doubles gas savings July 24-26

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The Edwards AFB Exchange Express Gas Station. In honor of its 120th anniversary, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is pumping up gas savings by doubling the discount for MILITARY STAR cardholders. From July 24 to July 26, drivers fueling up with a MILITARY STAR card at Army…

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New commander online with 412th Communications Squadron

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon From left: Col. Eric Leshinsky, 412th Mission Support Group commander, and Lt. Col. J. Scott Fuller pose for a photo as Lt. Col. Christopher Budde looks on. Budde relinquished command of the 412th Communications Squadron to Fuller during a change of command ceremony at Club Muroc July 10. Fuller…


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Boeing completes successful first flight in KC-46 Program

Posted  January 9, 2015

The KC-46 development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development aircraft #1 Dec. 28.  

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DOD releases 2015 military pay, compensation rates

Posted  January 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members Dec. 22, with most service members receiving a 1 percent increase in basic pay. The new rates for basic pay, basic allowance for housing (BAH), basic allowance for subsistence (BAS), and the cost of living allowance (COLA) rates for…

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Salutes & Awards

Desert High student nominated for Air Force Academy

Posted  January 9, 2015

Each year, high school students in the 23rd Congressional District in California compete for nominations to the United States Service Academies. Congressman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced his selections Jan. 5. Among those students is Desert Junior-Senior High School student Gabrielle Evey, 17, who was selected as a nominee for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Events

Battle of the Badges coming Feb. 4

Posted  January 9, 2015

Each year in February, the Edwards community is invited to participate in the Battle of the Badges, a blood drive competition between the military, the police department and fire department. The goal is simple, collect the most blood.

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Health & Safety

Safe personal disposal of sharps

Posted  January 9, 2015

At the 412th Medical Group, we recognize proper management and disposal of sharps safely reduces pollution, prevents injury, and averts disease transmission. A sharp is generally any hypodermic needle, pen needle, intravenous needle, lancet, or other device used to penetrate the skin to assist in assessment or treatment of a condition or delivery of medication….

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The Air Force issued me my ‘kids’

Posted  January 9, 2015

While I’ve decided to live the child-free lifestyle, the Air Force, in its infinite wisdom, saw the need to issue me two kids. They are both straight out of technical training and brand new to the Air Force – and one is still too young to accept an adult beverage. Let’s be honest: As children…

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Winter weather season at Edwards

Posted  January 9, 2015

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Edwards received five inches of snow Dec. 17., 2009. Various organizations and facilities closed during and after the snow storm. Edwards AFB averages 1.4 inches of snow per year. Edwards AFB is located on a desert plateau, at an average of 2,400 feet above sea level bounded on three…

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Former Flight Test Center historian passes

Posted  January 9, 2015

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon Dr. James Young stands in front of a wall of memorabilia in his office. Young retired July 28, 2011, after 30 years at Edwards – 26 of them as the Air Force Flight Test Center’s Chief Historian. Young passed away Dec. 19, 2014. Former Air Force Flight Test Center…

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AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

Posted  January 9, 2015

Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and PIN-enabled government travel cards to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and individuals who have reported lost or stolen cards. This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance the security and convenience of government travel and pay systems. The…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  January 9, 2015

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community The 12 days of Christmas officially ended Jan. 5. During this time many Christians celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents on Dec. 28, a day set aside to remember the babes of Bethlehem slaughtered by King Herod. Why remember something so…

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