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Major wins major bucks on ‘Price Is Right’

Air Force photograph by Kenji Thuloweit Maj. Kevin Van Stone, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Detachment 5, and his wife, Melinda (right), speak to a representative from CBS after being handed a giant check for $100,000 from “The Price Is Right” July 10. Van Stone was part of a military appreciation episode where…

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NASA Armstrong Support Center receives LEED platinum certification

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center's new Facilities Support Center at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., has been certified platinum, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's highest standard for long-term sustainability.

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After 25 years, the ‘Spirit’ lives on

Crowds gathered along the flightline at U.S. Air Force Plant 42 July 17 to watch the B-2 Stealth Bomber, the Spirit of Arizona, recreate her maiden flight 25 years later.

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Edwards welcomes new AFTC Command Chief

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Chief Master Sgt. Andrea Gates took over as Air Force Test Center command chief this past May. Team Edwards welcomed Chief Master Sgt. Andrea J. Gates as the new Air Force Test Center command chief May 21. Chief Gates is now the principal advisor to the command on matters…

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Golf camp offers ‘hole’ lot of fun

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber At Muroc Lake Golf Course, children from the Edwards AFB community participate in a week-long summer golf camp July 21 -25 where they learn golf techniques, rules and etiquette. Children ages five to 17 gathered July 21 on the putting green at Muroc Lake Golf Course†for the annual summer…


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News Briefs December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Last Desert Wings This is the last issue of Desert Wings for 2012. The first issue of 2013 will be published Jan. 11, 2013. The Desert Wings staff wish all our readers a safe and happy holiday. Commissary closure The Commissary will close at 4 p.m., Dec. 24 and remain closed until 9:30 a.m., Dec….

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Announcements – January 11, 2013

Posted  January 11, 2013

Holiday Hours: All 412th Force Support Squadron facilities will be closed Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King Junior’s Birthday holiday with the following exceptions: Aero Club: Flying sunrise to sunset, office closed. Muroc Lake Golf Course: 7 a.m.-sunset. Rosburg Fitness Center: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO…

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Be the leader you deserve

Posted  January 11, 2013

We all know that the New Year brings resolutions that typically revolve around better health and fitness, paying off debt or competing educational goals. What about making a resolution to be a better leader? Vince Lombardi said, “Leadership rests not only upon ability, not only upon capacity – having the capacity to lead is not…

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Community Support Coordinators focus on resiliency

Posted  January 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Nancy Koch-Castillo, new 412th Test Wing community support coordinator, met with Louis Zamperini during the Edwards Wingman Day Dec. 10, 2012. Amid a challenging fiscal and personnel climate, the Air Force recently created a Community Support Coordinator position at 71 Air Force installations to help Airmen and their families…

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Thrift Savings Plan: Traditional or Roth, bottom line is saving when it matters most

Posted  January 11, 2013

With the current military retirement system, Airmen must serve in the military for 20 years before reaping retirement benefits, unless they are medically retired before hitting that mark.

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Exchange opens doors to local vendors

Posted  January 11, 2013

While the economy may have forced some retailers to scale back on merchandise or services, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is actively seeking the assistance of local businesses to increase the product selection troops and their families find at their Exchange. “Some shoppers drive up to 40 miles or more to come to…

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NASA chases climate change clues into the stratosphere

Posted  January 11, 2013

Starting this month, NASA will send a remotely piloted research aircraft as high as 65,000 feet over the tropical Pacific Ocean to probe unexplored regions of the upper atmosphere for answers to how changing in a warming climate is changing Earth. The first flights of the Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX), a multi-year airborne science…

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SOFIA spots recent starbursts in the Milky Way Galaxy’s center

Posted  January 11, 2013

Researchers using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy have captured new images of a ring of gas and dust seven light-years in diameter surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

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MILITARY STAR® Card strengthens troops’ return on investment

Posted  January 11, 2013

The convenience and use of bank-issued debit and credit cards at exchanges cost the military community dearly last year. In fact, Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers who swiped a bank-issued card this year have ended up generating more than $62 million in fees. “A dual mission to provide quality merchandise and services at…

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December promotions

Posted  January 11, 2013

Air Force photograph by Ethan Wagner Edwards AFB’s December promotees pose for a photo during the monthly enlisted promotion ceremony Dec. 28, 2012. Forty enlisted members from Team Edwards made their next prospective ranks during the final month of 2013. The Airmen were celebrated during the monthly promotion ceremony held at Club Muroc Dec. 28….

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