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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…

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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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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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