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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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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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Sippy cups and your child’s teeth

Posted  February 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Lt. Col. Inaam Pedalino Improper use of training cups can cause bottle mouth, a form of tooth decay, in young children caused by exposure to sugary liquids. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One of the risk factors for early childhood caries (sometimes called baby bottle…

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NASA Space Flight Awareness program honors Dryden employees

Posted  February 15, 2013

Two employees of NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center have been honored by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness program for their contributions to excellence in quality and safety in support of human spaceflight. Dennis Avila, a program manager with Lockheed Martin under contract to NASA Dryden and Michael A. Collie, a lead quality assurance specialist at NASA…

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African-Americans in the military: from the American Revolution to integration

Posted  February 15, 2013

Many are familiar with the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, but they were not the first African-Americans to serve in the American armed forces. African-Americans have continuously served in the U.S. military since colonial times. After the fighting began in 1775, the British offered to free any African-American slave who served with them, leading…

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412th TW announces annual award winners

Posted  February 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Edwards Cannon The 412th Test Wing 2012 annual award winners at Club Muroc Feb. 8. feat The 412th Test Wing hosted its annual awards banquet at Club Muroc Feb. 8 where accolades and hardware were handed out to 12 top performing individuals and one team. Congratulations to all awardees for setting…

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A fact about Black History Month

Posted  February 15, 2013

Photograph courtesy of www.africanamericanhistory.gov Carter G. Woodson One of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard was Carter G. Woodson. Born in 1875 in New Canton, Va., Woodson dedicated his career to the field of African-American history and lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide institution, giving him the…

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Pay yourself first

Posted  February 15, 2013

My grandparents used to say to me, “Pay yourself first.” Being only 10 years old at the time, I’d shrug my shoulders, give them my best thanks-for-the-advice look and say “OK.” But deep down inside, I didn’t really know what they meant. After all, I was just a kid with no money. Thirty short years…

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News Briefs February 15, 2013

Posted  February 15, 2013

Commissary closure The Commissary will be closed Feb. 18 in observance of President’s Day.   Exchange hours The Edwards Exchange will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. President’s Day, Feb. 18.   President’s Day: Feb. 18 All 412th FSS facilities will be closed except the following: Aero Club: Flying sunrise to sunset, office closed…

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Announcements – February 22, 2013

Posted  February 22, 2013

Aero Club 320 Jones Road, South Base, Bldg 320, (661) 275-AERO IFR Refresher Course: Feb. 23, 8 a.m.-noon. Practical IFR Flying Seminar Regulations and Procedures Review. Cost is $105, and pre-registration is preferred. Learn to Fly: The sky is the limit at the Edwards AFB Aero Club. Experience the thrill of piloting an aircraft. Your local…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted  February 22, 2013

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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