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Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody and his wife, retired Chief Master Sgt. Athena Cody, visited Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, from March 31 to April 2.

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CSAF discusses Air Force’s need to reset

The Air Force Association hosted its monthly Air Force breakfast with Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, as the key note speaker, April 2, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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Command chief shares secrets to success for enlisted

Chief Master Sgt. David Smith, 412th Test Wing command chief hosted a mandatory enlisted all-call at the base theater April 13. Smith spent most of the hour sharing the road map to being promoted - good EPR's (Enlisted Performance Reports), education and special duties. 

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F-35 program ‘on right track,’ director says

Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14.

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Edwards AFB’s EOD team clears UXOs in Cal City, local areas

Residents of California City may have heard a loud bang that didn't quite sound like a sonic boom recently.


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Commissaries announce coupon policy changes

Posted  April 20, 2012

Changes are on the way in how commissaries handle coupons and product returns without receipts, among other things, as the Defense Commissary Agency enacts customer service policy changes to protect the commissary benefit. “The average coupon user might not notice the policy changes because they are aimed at preventing possible misuse of the commissary benefit…

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Edwards’ first Drug Take Back Day

Posted  April 20, 2012

The 95th Medical Group will team up the 95th Security Forces Squadron to give the public an opportunity to turn in expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 28. This service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Medicines…

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DJHS students to compete at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

Posted  April 20, 2012

In their first year of competing, five students from Desert Junior High School will compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Tournament May 23 at Iowa State University, joining hundreds of other students from all over the world. Daniel Fernandez, Calvin Weaver, Garron Ireton, Austin Sandwich…

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95th MDG opens up to aspiring cadet

Posted  April 20, 2012

It’s the time of year where the weather gets better and students all over get that annual week off from their studies – spring break. While most college students go home, visit resorts, or just plain sleep, one Air Force Academy junior booked a round-trip ticket to here, the Southern California High Desert. Not to…

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Edwards parachute testers jump at chance to test

Posted  April 20, 2012

In an environment where flight test is synonymous with the words Edwards Air Force Base, aircraft aren’t the only components being tested on a continued basis. Thanks to a team under the 418th Flight Test Squadron, the Parachute Test Team at Edwards continues to provide peace of mind…

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Fuels testing laboratory dedicated at Plant 42

Posted  April 20, 2012

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held April 13 to commemorate an historic event – the Petroleum Oil and Lubricants was officially dedicated April 13 at the Palmdale facility. Timothy Hughes, Aeronautical Systems Center Detachment 1 acting director of Air Force Plant 42, welcomed Lt. Col. Tam…

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Air Force names new AFMC command chief

Posted  April 20, 2012

Air Force officials announced April 12, 2012, that Chief Master Sgt. Michael J. Warner will become Air Force Materiel Command’s new command chief. Warner comes to AFMC from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, where he has...

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News Briefs April 20, 2012

Posted  April 20, 2012

Spring Clean-Up Week Col. Gregory Schwab, 95th Air Base Wing commander, has announced that April 30 through May 4, is Edwards AFB Spring Clean-Up Week. As part of compliance with base standards, facility managers are encouraged to use this week for general interior and exterior housekeeping and to perform self-improvement projects, such as painting or…

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Blackbird Airpark offers inside look at spy planes 50 years after Cuban Missile Crisis

Posted  April 20, 2012

n 1962, after unsuccessful attempts were made by U.S.-backed Cuban exiles to overthrow the Cuban government, Soviet Union leader Nikita Khrushchev made Cuba an offer they couldn’t resist – an agreement to defend against an...

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Time to change our EPR culture

Posted  April 27, 2012

The second I pinned on staff sergeant I knew I could do it. I could be the NCO the Air Force wanted me to be. I could write fair enlisted performance reports and prove the naysayers in airman leadership school wrong. Sure, what we learned might “not be the way it’s done in the real…

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