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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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Wanted: Vounteer income tax preparers!

Posted  December 5, 2014

Air Force photograph by Kate Blais Volunteer tax preparers are needed for this year’s tax season.   The 412th Test Wing Tax Center is looking for volunteers to help during the upcoming tax season. Each year, the U.S. Air Force assists military members and their families by providing free income tax preparation and filing. The upcoming…

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Palace Chase, Palace Front briefing Dec. 18

Posted  December 5, 2014

The In-Service Air Force Guard recruiter, Tech. Sgt. Jodi Joice, and the In-Service Air Force Reserve recruiter Master Sgt. Sam Flynn, will be holding a Palace Chase/Palace Front briefing at Bldg. 2460, Room A (the building behind the Education Center) at 1 p.m., Dec. 18. The Palace Chase program allows active duty officers and Airmen…

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November enlisted promotions

Posted  December 5, 2014

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Several of this month’s enlisted promotees pose for a photo at the base theater Dec. 1. Congratulations to all the Airmen who made the next grade in their careers.   Team Edwards hosted its monthly enlisted promotion ceremony Dec. 1 in the base theater. Nineteen Airmen took the next…

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Master sergeant evaluation board, SNCO promotion changes coming in spring 2015

Posted  December 5, 2014

The Air Force continues the phased implementation of its Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System changes with the convening of a master sergeant evaluation board scheduled for May 2015. Evaluation and promotion system changes, scheduled for implementation over the next 16 months for active-duty Airmen, are focused on ensuring job performance is the…

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AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

Posted  December 5, 2014

Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of Defense General Counsel. A…

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Created Treasures holds open house

Posted  December 5, 2014

Created Treasures Gift Store in the Desert Mall is getting into the Christmas spirit with an open house.

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Sexual assault everyone’s business

Posted  December 5, 2014

I walked in the bathroom and blood was everywhere. It looked like a murder scene. I looked up and there she was sitting on the toilet hunched over and crying. When I asked what happened she didn’t respond. She couldn’t talk. I was terrified and confused as to what happened. Why was she bleeding so…

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Edwards MTA hosts Adopt an Airman for the holidays

Posted  December 5, 2014

The Edwards Middle Tier Association will be hosting an Adopt-A-Service Member program to support those who are unable to be with their families this year. For those families who are available, we ask that you open your homes to these Airmen and bring them in for the holiday. Adopting families and Airmen will be joined…

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Third quarter award winners announced

Posted  December 5, 2014

Team Edwards gathered to recognize the third quarter award winners at the base theater Nov. 20. Congratulations the following third quarter award winners

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Thrift Savings Plan limits increase for 2015

Posted  December 5, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service has announced increased limits for 2015 Thrift Savings Plan contributions. ìThe maximum contribution amount for traditional and/or Roth TSP will be $18,000; this is an increase from the elective deferral limits of 2013 and 2014, which was $17,500,î said Erica Cathro, AFPC Human Resources Specialist. ìAdditionally, the maximum amount of 2015…

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