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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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Edwards Men’s, Women’s Varsity Basketball teams enter PacWest playoffs

Posted  March 22, 2013

The Edwards Air Force Base men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams will enter the 2013 PacWest playoff schedule at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 23 and 24. Basketball games will be played at either the Paige Field House (main gym) or the Competition gym (auxiliary gym). For more information on times and…

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Edwards BX to remain open during sequester

Posted  March 22, 2013

Despite sequestration, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service does not foresee any changes to its day-to-day operations. “We expect Exchange facilities to be fully functional throughout the sequester,” said the Exchange’s Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels. “We continue to remain flexible as we help Soldiers, Airmen and their families thrive in this environment….

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Lemonade and boxing: two approaches to tough times

Posted  March 22, 2013

We have all heard the old adage, “when life serves you lemons, make lemonade.” While this is easier said than done, it is sometimes the best approach. We face very difficult times, and I am not here to debate how we got here or even the best approach to getting out of the situation. We…

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The bad guy

Posted  March 22, 2013

Who likes to be the bad guy? Do you? How many of you like to tell someone that they need a haircut or to stop chewing tobacco outside a tobacco-use area? No one likes to be the bad guy; no one likes to correct someone doing something wrong. Is it because of the confrontation or…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Combined Federal Campaign ceremony The Combined Federal Campaign committee will host a ceremony to recognize contributors, volunteers and participants during last Fall’s Combined Federal Campaign 10 a.m., April 1, at Club Muroc. CFC representatives will also present the CFC Diamond Award to 412th Test Wing leadership. The base received this award from the Southern California…

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Eye contact one way to communicate with Airmen

Posted  March 29, 2013

It’s often been stated by United States Air Force leaders that the mission comes first or it’s for the best interest of the Air Force. With that said, I would argue that if we expect the mission to come first and if it’s truly in the best interest of the Air Force, we need to…

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Chapel Corner

Posted  March 29, 2013

Gaining Altitude – This is a weekly segment in Desert Wings to highlight a spiritual focus for the Edwards community. Through our prayers – an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community. This week’s request: Pray that we would find constructive ways to deal with the stress and strain resulting from the furlough…

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Resilience, excellence in all you do!

Posted  March 29, 2013

Shona Wood has presently worked at Edwards Air Force Base for the last 12 years as a dental technician and the 412th Test Wing plans management analyst. She was also recently selected to be an installation master resilience trainer. Members considered as MRTs should already demonstrate a high degree of personal resilience. Master Resilience Trainers,…

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Super Guppy swallows T-38s; heads for El Paso

Posted  March 29, 2013

NASA photograph by Jim Ross Two retired NASA T-38 trainers mounted on a transport pallet atop a mobile transporter are positioned for loading aboard NASA’s Super Guppy prior to ferrying them to El Paso, Texas, for disassembly. A NASA Super Guppy transport plane “swallowed” two NASA T-38 aircraft whole March 18, right out on NASA…

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31st TES, 412th AMXS claim Commander’s Trophy

Posted  March 29, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Chief Master Sgt. Brian Randolph (center), 412th Test Wing command chief, presents 1st Lt. Jonathan Tellefsen (left), 31st Test and Evaluation sports representative, and Master Sgt. James Miller, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron sports representative, with the 2012 Commander’s Trophy during an Edwards Fitness and Sports Advisory Council meeting March…

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