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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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Dignity and Respect To the Airmen of the United States Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Last month, we launched the Airman to Airman video series as a way for me to communicate directly with you on the important issues I think you need to know about. †Recently, I met with your wing commanders here in D.C. and talked to them about a number of issues affecting our Air Force. Most…

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NASA F/A-18 temporarily disappears from baseball stadium

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA photographs by Tom Tschida and Ken Ulbrich The retired F/A-18A is carefully lifted off its pylon, it’s home for the past 17 years. The retired NASA F/A-18A aircraft that has served as an iconic landmark in front of “The†Hangar” – the Lancaster Municipal Stadium†ó†in Lancaster, Calif., for the past 17 years, was demounted from…

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Health & Safety

With a chill in the air, winter is around the corner

Posted  December 20, 2013

Now that cold weather is upon us, we should prepare for the winter ahead and know a few simple safety precautions to prevent fire from striking our homes. More than 5,000 people die each year in the United States from injuries sustained in fires. Most of these deaths occur during the winter. The reasons often…

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NORAD to track Santa’s global journey

Posted  December 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Michael Kucharek Santa Claus reviews his flight plan for his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe in the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Current Operations Center at the NORAD and Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children…

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TRICARE, the Affordable Care Act, and you

Posted  December 20, 2013

Question: Do TRICARE beneficiaries meet health care requirements established by the Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform law? Answer: In most instances, yes. The Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain basic health care coverage called minimum essential coverage. This is the type of coverage an individual needs to have to…

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Salutes & Awards

Joan Orr Spouse Award nominations due Jan. 31

Posted  December 20, 2013

Nominations for the 2014 Air Force Association Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by Jan. 31. The award honors significant contributions made by non-military spouses of Air Force military members. The award period is Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013. The nominee’s spouse must be serving…

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Ground Safety hosts holiday meet n’ greet

Posted  December 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Col. Robert Weaver, 412th Maintenance Group commander, showed his holiday spirit with a festive hat while waving to people leaving base. Weaver joined 412th Test Wing Ground Safety and other commanders in handing out safety pamphlets and candy canes, wishing Team Edwards members a happy and safe holidays. Base…

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Senate confirms James as next secretary of the Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Deborah Lee James will be the next secretary of the Air Force, according to a Senate confirmation vote Dec 13.

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  December 20, 2013

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – Do you know what took place every year from 1910 to 1950 at the department store Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia this time of year?  More than 14,000 would walk through huge double doors and take their seats as an organist led…

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Two Edwards NCOs finish off 2013 on top

Posted  December 20, 2013

Team Edwards offers their congratulations to Master Sgt. Jeremy Page, Air Force Research Laboratory Detachment 7, Ground Safety NCO, and Tech. Sgt. Michael Campbell, 412th Security Forces Squadron, Physical Security NCOIC, on their recent STEP promotions. The Stripes for Exceptional Performers promotion program offers commanders a limited opportunity to immediately promote enlisted members to staff sergeant, technical sergeant or…

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