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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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Tax Center opens Feb. 4

Posted  January 25, 2013

The Tax Center offers free tax preparation and services for active duty service members, retirees, eligible dependents, and reservists on active duty orders. The Tax Center is staffed by volunteers who are certified to prepare returns by both the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board.

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AFMC to promote American Heart Month in February

Posted  January 25, 2013

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about heart disease and the importance of heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States; approximately one in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke. You can…

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News Briefs January 25, 2013

Posted  January 25, 2013

South Gate construction delays Construction began last month to erect a canopy covering the inbound traffic check point at the South Gate. Estimated completion of the construction is Feb.25. Expect possible delays when entering the gate.  For more information, call (661) 810-8204.   Annual awards banquet The 412th Test Wing Annual Awards Banquet is 5…

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Thanks and situation report

Posted  January 25, 2013

First let me take a moment to tell each and every one of you how proud I am of the efforts you made in ensuring we passed our IG inspection.

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Announcements – February 1, 2013

Posted  February 1, 2013

President’s Day: Feb. 18 All 412th FSS facilities will be closed except the following: Aero Club: Flying sunrise to sunset, office closed High Desert Inn: Open 7-days a week, 24-hours a day Joshua Tree Dining Facility: 6 a.m.-8 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; 4-7 p.m.; 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Muroc Lake Golf Course: 7 a.m. to Sunset…

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Muroc Joint Unified School District receives $1.1 million federal grant

Posted  February 1, 2013

The Department of Defense announced a $1,125,480 grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to the Muroc Joint Unified School District, North Edwards, Calif., to expand and renovate Branch Elementary School on base.

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2013 Civilian Pay Tax Information

Posted  February 1, 2013

Recently expired legislation affecting Social Security and Federal taxes has prompted several inquiries as to what impact these changes will have to civilian employee paychecks. Below is a brief description of what has changed and what is expected to occur over the next few pay periods.   1. Social Security Increase: The payroll “tax holiday”…

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Team Edwards honors 4th Quarter awardees

Posted  February 1, 2013

The 412th Test Wing honored 2012's fourth quarter awardees during a ceremony at the Base Theater Jan. 24.

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Owners bringing pets into Germany will pay new fee starting Feb. 1

Posted  February 1, 2013

Members of the U.S. forces community who bring their pets along when they arrive in Germany for assignment will be charged a fee by German authorities beginning Feb. 1. The fee will be charged during arrivals at Ramstein Air Base and Frankfurt International Airport. At Ramstein an examination fee of €55 per pet owner will…

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Edwards Caring For People Forum

Posted  February 1, 2013

The Air Force has a tradition of taking care of its people and takes pride in the improvements made for Airmen and their families. In 2009, the Air Force developed the concept of Caring for People that quickly evolved into the preferred means of Air Force leaders to receive community feedback for review, action and…

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