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Former NASA Astronaut Steven Nagel, veteran of four shuttle flights, dies at 67

Former NASA astronaut Steven R. Nagel, who served as a mission specialist on his first space shuttle flight, pilot on his second and commanded his final two, died Aug. 21 after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

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Being prepared in earthquake country

Air Force graphic by Rebecca Amber For National Preparedness Month, this September, the Edwards AFB Office of Emergency Management is focusing on Califorina’s most prominent natural disaster – earthquakes. Throughout the month, Emergency Management will provide resources teaching how to be prepared for an earthquake, before, during and after the shaking begins. Edwards AFB Emergency…

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ODR wants to get Team Edwards out and about

In the coming months Edwards personnel can expect to see representatives form Outdoor Recreation in the Exchange to assist in signing up for email notifications.

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NASA, Edwards say goodbye to historic landmark

A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program.

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Civil Air Patrol recruiting new members

Today, Civil Air Patrol is more than 72 years old and growing stronger each and every day.


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TRICARE Dental Program changes

Posted  April 20, 2012

The TRICARE Dental Program is a voluntary dental insurance program that is offered to family members of active duty as well as Reserve Component personnel and their families that has historically been administered by United Concordia Companies, Inc. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will begin administering the program May1. UCCI and MetLife have been working together…

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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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