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Vandalism costs school district $12,000

Several base schools have been vandalized since Aug. 25 incurring over $12,000 in damages to the Muroc Joint Unified School District. The majority of the destruction has occurred at Bailey Elementary School where windows, ceiling tiles and equipment such as phones, light panels, display cases, over-head projectors and clocks have been broken. “We have a…

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C-17 treads into new territory

U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner Since Dunlop Tire was selected as the supplier for the C-17 as the replacement tire, the C-17 Global Reach Integrated Test Team at Edwards AFB has been putting the C-17’s new Dunlop tires through a collection of vibration, skid, stability, structural and wet-and-dry runway takeoff and landing performance…

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412th CE leads way in water conservation

U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber Xeriscaping can take on many forms, ranging from decomposed granite that looks like dirt, to rocks with desert shrubs and low-water-use trees. Edwards has chosen to stick with a low-maintenance, decorative rock. According to Gerald Boetsch, 412th Civil Engineering Group energy manager, Edwards has always been very proactive…

hydrocodone Health & Safety

Prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing meds changing

On Aug. 22, the Drug Enforcement Agency changed all hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule II, a tightly-controlled classification that will change how it is prescribed and dispensed. Products that contain hydrocodone include medications such as Vicodin and Norco, and many generic formulations. The change becomes effective across the United States Oct. 6. What does this mean…

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Travis Brass brings new Air Force sound to AV

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West’s Travis Brass ensemble headlined the fifth annual Celebrate America on the Blvd. event in Downtown Lancaster Sept. 6.


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DOD releases new religious accommodation instruction

Posted  January 24, 2014

The Defense Department released a new instruction Jan. 22 that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members, Pentagon spokesman Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nathan J. Christensen said. A DOD instruction implements a policy or prescribes the manner or plan of action used to carry out a policy, operate a program or…

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Tax Center opens Feb. 3

Posted  January 24, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler The Nellis Tax Center will open Jan. 30 at the Desert Oasis Lounge at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Free tax advice and assistance will be provided to active-duty service members, retirees and families possessing a valid military identification card. The tax center will…

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News Briefs January 24, 2014

Posted  January 24, 2014

Blood drive The next American Red Cross Blood Drive on Edwards will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 5 in the Chapel 1 Annex. †Both walk-ins and appointments are accepted. To make an appointment, contact Staff Sgt. Kyle Lareza at kyle.lareza@us.af.mil or register online at the American Red Cross website at www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation†using sponsor code badgesocal. For…

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Air Force

Nominations sought for 2014 FAPAC award

Posted  January 24, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - Nominations packages are due no later than Jan. 31, 2014 for the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The award honors military members who have fostered an innovative and harmonic environment between the military and Asian Pacific American civilian community and Department…

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Air Force announces new Supervisor Refresher Course

Posted  January 24, 2014

Air Force announced guidance for the new Supervisor Refresher Course (MAFHRMS420), which will be offered by the Air Force Personnel Professional Development School at Maxwell AFB, Ala., in fiscal year 2014. This course was designed to meet the federal mandate for follow-on supervisory education at least once every three years after completing the initial supervisory…

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44 captains, lieutenants selected for TPS

Posted  January 24, 2014

Forty-four Air Force captains and first lieutenants have been selected as primary or alternate U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School program attendees, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced Jan. 17. “Officers selected will fill classes beginning in July this year, said Maj. Miles Middleton, AFPC special assignments branch. The program exists to develop specially trained…

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Health & Safety

Using Common Courtesy – Eight rules of driving etiquette

Posted  January 24, 2014

Whether you’re on your way to work, errands, or pleasure, “Using Common Courtesy – Eight Rules of Driving Etiquette,” helps save lives and prevents road rage. You might say there are two sets of road rules. The first is the body of laws, enforced by the government, that dictate how we should drive. For example,…

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Air Force updates uniform policy

Posted  January 24, 2014

The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen.

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Obama calls military sexual assaults ‘profound injustice’

Posted  January 24, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today addressed what he called the “profound injustice” of sexual assaults in the military. During a White House Council on Women and Girls event in the East Room, the president reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to preventing sexual violence in America. With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other Cabinet members on…

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Commentary

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  January 24, 2014

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Difficult times have a way of refining our lives. U.S. Navy Capt. Jerry Coffee, a former Navy POW at the Hanoi Hilton made the following statement about the choice to make the most of the infamous prison camp in Vietnam:…

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