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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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Base residents play biggest role in protecting pets from predators

Posted  February 8, 2013

Courtesy photograph A coyote pauses near a sidewalk on main base. Desert predators like coyotes and bobcats can be seen all over the base, including the housing areas. Residents need to be aware of the risks these predators pose and take precautions to protect their pets. Base residents reported that a family pet – a…

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Setting a financial ‘tone from the top’

Posted  February 8, 2013

It has been said that no one can accurately predict where the U.S. military will need to respond next: the workload and requirements are uncertain. Nearly as unpredictable is the future of the nation’s finances. With much talk of the fiscal cliff in the news recently, how quickly can the U.S. economy recover, and what…

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Announcements – February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 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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AF implements enlisted date of separation rollback

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Air Force will implement the enlisted date of separation rollback program this fiscal year, in addition to several voluntary force management programs that were announced Feb. 5, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below who meet required criteria, said Lt….

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Deadline for 2013 Scholarships for Military Children fast approaching

Posted  February 15, 2013

In today’s economy, it’s hard to find the money for what many could consider the luxury of a higher education. Getting a scholarship to help pay for your investment can really help. That’s why the Defense Commissary Agency wants to remind you that the Feb. 22 deadline for students to apply for this year’s Scholarships…

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Caring for People Forum – Let your voice be heard

Posted  February 15, 2013

Have you and a co-worker, peer or colleague talked about an issue or problem that affects the Edwards Community and all you wanted to do was get it fixed or talk to the senior leadership about it? Then you might be just the person to attend the Caring for People Forum, a means for leaders…

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UnitedHealthcare transition, referrals

Posted  February 15, 2013

Beginning April 1, UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans will become the West Region Managed Care Support contractor. As part of the transition, referrals written prior to April 1 will expire May 31, 2013. The 412th Medical Group urges patients to proactively book appointments to prevent delays in receiving care. If the referral does expire, call (661)…

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Panetta signs memo extending benefits to same-sex partners

Posted  February 15, 2013

Calling it “a matter of fundamental equity,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon’s top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members. Here is the secretary’s announcement of the policy change: “Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of ‘Don’t…

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New pharmacy copays in effect

Posted  February 15, 2013

The Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act requires TRICARE to increase copays on brand name and non-formulary medications filled outside of military hospitals and clinics. This increase is effective immediately and does not apply to generic medications. Copays vary based on the class of drug and where the prescription is filled. The new copay…

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Airmen should review personnel records, accomplish transactions before MilPDS upgrade

Posted  February 15, 2013

Air Force graphic by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton Department of Defense and Air Force officials are encouraging Airmen to review their personal data in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System and accomplish personnel transactions before the service upgrades the Military Personnel Data System in March. Personnel actions accomplished using MilPDS like reenlistments, enlistment extensions,…

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