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Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka Local

C-12 pilots take to skies at Edwards

In the midst of all the test missions here in the High Desert, Edwards is also home to the U.S. Air Force C-12 school house. Actually, it's a split school house.

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Air Force

AF senior leaders caution against sequestration

The Air Force’s top two leaders justified their service’s funding proposal in the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget request to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee during an Air Force posture hearing Feb. 25, in Washington, D.C.

Air Force photograph by Sheila deVera Air Force

AF marks first RQ-4 non-military base landing

A remotely piloted U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft landed Feb. 22, at Avalon Airport in Victoria, Australia, marking this the first time a high-altitude asset has flown into a non-military air base to be viewed by the general public.

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Sports

Base gym hosts star-studded basketball event

The Rosburg Fitness Center recently hosted a two-day All-Star Basketball Showcase Feb. 17 and 18, which included players from multiple squadrons and units currently playing in the intramural basketball season.

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Local

Pave Hawk team gives test at Edwards a shot

The Gun Harmonizing Range is one of the base's many unique test assets and landmarks that always causes flightline drivers to do a double-take due to its Aztec pyramid-looking shape.


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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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Health & Safety

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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445th FLTS commander leads by example

Posted  February 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Chris A. Neill Lt. Col. Christopher Spinelli, 445th Flight Test Squadron commander, pilots F-16, Tail# 87-386 on his first flight as the Test Operations commander on June 27, 2012. In the Air Force, there’s a saying: Lead by example. For one squadron commander, he took that saying literally. As of January…

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