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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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412th Force Support Squadron Holiday Hours:

Posted  December 14, 2012

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24 These 412 FSS facilities will be open with the following hours: ● Aero Club: 8 am – 4 pm ● Child Development Center: 6:15 am – 6 pm ● Family Child Care: 7:30 am – 5 pm ● Muroc Lake Golf Course: 7 am – 3 pm ● Information, Tickets…

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CUI set to begin Jan. 7

Posted  December 14, 2012

When Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer returned to Edwards and assumed command of the 412th Test Wing this past summer, one of his expectations addressed in his change of command speech was “always be inspection ready.” 2013 is right around the corner and the base that is world famous for its historical testing of the…

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A lesson in resilience from Louis Zamperini, an exemplary Wingman

Posted  December 14, 2012

When it comes to being resilient and caring for others, there is no finer example than the 95-year-old World War II aviator and American hero, Louis Zamperini. While addressing Team Edwards during a Wingman Day resilience training event Dec. 10, he shared his personal testimony of how his life transformed from a childhood filled with…

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Exchange gift cards personalize care packages for every member of family

Posted  December 14, 2012

According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, six in 10 shoppers polled said they’d like to receive gift cards this holiday season, the most in the survey’s history. Whether in Afghanistan or Alaska, service members also appreciate the value of a gift card during the holidays. Fortunately, Americans wishing to send support always hit…

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Edwards lights up holiday nights

Posted  December 14, 2012

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Base residents, workers and families flocked to the annual holiday tree lighting ceremony Dec. 7, held in front of the Base Exchange. The 412th Force Support Squadron brought in nearly 30 tons of machine-made snow for this year’s annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. Units also displayed their holiday cards…

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DOD prepares for potential sequestration

Posted  December 14, 2012

The Office of Management and Budget has instructed the Department of Defense to pursue internal planning to meet required budget cuts if sequestration goes into effect Jan. 3.

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Holiday fire safety

Posted  December 14, 2012

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your chances of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Fire Administration, an estimated 250 home fires involving Christmas trees and another 170 home fires involving holiday lights and other decorative…

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Chill out, don’t stress out, this holiday season

Posted  December 14, 2012

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet for many, it’s anything but that. “If the holidays have you overwhelmed, you are not alone,” says TriWest Healthcare Alliance Behavioral Health Educator Kristin Musch. “Expectations are high, to-do lists are long and, often, the budget is tight, which can result in sadness,…

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News Briefs December 14, 2012

Posted  December 14, 2012

Comptroller closure The 412th Comptroller Squadron will be closed for an official office function Dec. 18 beginning 11 a.m. 412th CPTS will reopen for normal business hours at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 19. For emergencies, call (661) 810-4123. Contracting closure Air Force Test Center Contracting will be minimally staffed 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 19 to attend…

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Air Force leaders issue holiday message

Posted  December 21, 2012

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy send the following holiday message to the Airmen of the U.S. Air Force: The holiday season is a perfect time to celebrate the many blessings that we enjoy…

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