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JIC aims to maintain good order, morale, discipline

In the Sept. 9, 2014, Desert Wings, an article titled Vandalism costs school district $12,000.î The story was about damage that occurred at Bailey Elementary School. The 412th Test Wing has taken to address not only that instance of vandalism, but also other acts of misconduct committed within our community. Last November, Brig. Gen. Michael…

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SecAF, CSAF discuss future of the Air Force

Senior leadership addressed the key issues, priorities, initiatives and challenges facing the Air Force during the State of the Air Force press briefing, Jan. 15 at the Pentagon.

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Driving on base could make you eligible for gas tax refund

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber The state of California may refund taxes paid on gasoline to residents who use the gasoline while driving on a military installation. Claims must be submitted to the California State Controllerís office. Each time a California resident pulls up to the pump, they pay taxes for each gallon of…

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AFRL researcher teams with Nobel Laureate to enable new breed of rocket component materials

Courtesy photograph Nobel Laureate Dr. Robert Grubbs (left), and Dr. Rusty Blanski collaborated to develop a new technology that could reduce erosion in metallic rocket components, reduce production costs, and open the door for the use of new, environmentally-friendly propellants. Air Force Research Laboratory scientist Dr. Rusty Blanski recently teamed with Dr. Robert Grubbs, a…

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Edwards AFB’s Biomedical Sciences Corps team celebrates 50 years

Do you enjoy having safe drinking water available for you and your family? Are you confident that the Commissary and food vendors on base provide products that are stored, rotated and served correctly?


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Lightning, tornados over Edwards

Posted  May 30, 2014

An F-35 Lightning II, BF-17, piloted by Air Force test pilot Lt. Col. Jonathan Ohman, F-35 Integrated Test Force, performs interoperability testing with two United Kingdom Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons over the ranges at Edwards AFB, Calif., April 4.

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AF Legal Assitance website places help at your fingertips

Posted  May 30, 2014

Do you have questions about automobile purchases? Need a will or a power of attorney? The Air Force legal community continually strives to find better ways to serve military members, retirees and their dependents. A few years ago a legal assistance website was launched to help us serve you better. You can find it at…

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Air Force mental health programs encourage seeking help

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years – and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General. A mental health encounters report issued by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency noted…

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Desert High students bring history back to life for second year

Posted  May 30, 2014

Air Force graphic by Jet Fabara Graphically enhanced photo of Desert Junior-Senior High School students re-enacting the Manhattan Project brief given to President Harry Truman in which scientists explain the first atomic bomb during a “Night at the Museum” event hosted by the students and faculty of Desert Junior Senior High School May 21, 2014….

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Pulse on AF force management

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – This week’s force management update focuses on the chief master sergeant retention board, voluntary separation pay, officer reduction in force boards, quality force review board, civilian force management and total force opportunities in a continued effort to bring Airmen the latest, most accurate information concerning the complex and dynamic force management programs.  …

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DHS student selected for Air Force Academy

Posted  May 30, 2014

Congressman Kevin McCarthy May 22 announced that seven of the students that he nominated from the 23rd Congressional District will attend one of the U.S. Service Academies in the fall.

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Advice to Airmen from your Desert Diamonds: 101 Critical Days of Summer

Posted  May 30, 2014

It is your Airman…Big “A” As leaders, we need to take responsibility for everything that happens or fails to happen in our organization; set the tone. Let your personnel know that risk management is needed not just on the job, but in each of our everyday lives, especially during summer when many of us participate…

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CSAF provides ëinitial feedbackí to all commanders

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – All supervisors are required to provide subordinates with an initial feedback, outlining expectations, standards and goals they can both work together to achieve. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III led the way by introducing the new Air Force Instruction 1-2 “Commander’s Responsibilities” May 8 for commanders Air Force-wide. AFI…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted  May 30, 2014

- In the military we know that remembering those who have given their lives for their country is more than a one-time event.  A couple of Duke University professors highlight the importance of remembering. “We are quite literally a people that morally live off our wars because they give us the necessary basis for self-sacrifice…

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Branch students fired up for rocket launch

Posted  May 30, 2014

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber The volunteer launch crew fires up a rocket as the students reach the end of their countdown at the second annual Branch Elementary Rocket Challenge May 28. Branch Elementary School students watched from the playground as their rockets soared in the school’s second annual Rocket Challenge May 28. Each…

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