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Vandalism costs school district $12,000

Several base schools have been vandalized since Aug. 25 incurring over $12,000 in damages to the Muroc Joint Unified School District. The majority of the destruction has occurred at Bailey Elementary School where windows, ceiling tiles and equipment such as phones, light panels, display cases, over-head projectors and clocks have been broken. “We have a…

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C-17 treads into new territory

U.S. Air Force photo by Ethan Wagner Since Dunlop Tire was selected as the supplier for the C-17 as the replacement tire, the C-17 Global Reach Integrated Test Team at Edwards AFB has been putting the C-17’s new Dunlop tires through a collection of vibration, skid, stability, structural and wet-and-dry runway takeoff and landing performance…

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412th CE leads way in water conservation

U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber Xeriscaping can take on many forms, ranging from decomposed granite that looks like dirt, to rocks with desert shrubs and low-water-use trees. Edwards has chosen to stick with a low-maintenance, decorative rock. According to Gerald Boetsch, 412th Civil Engineering Group energy manager, Edwards has always been very proactive…

hydrocodone Health & Safety

Prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing meds changing

On Aug. 22, the Drug Enforcement Agency changed all hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule II, a tightly-controlled classification that will change how it is prescribed and dispensed. Products that contain hydrocodone include medications such as Vicodin and Norco, and many generic formulations. The change becomes effective across the United States Oct. 6. What does this mean…

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Travis Brass brings new Air Force sound to AV

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West’s Travis Brass ensemble headlined the fifth annual Celebrate America on the Blvd. event in Downtown Lancaster Sept. 6.


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The voice within

Posted  August 8, 2014

LANGLEY AFB, Va.†-†”Can your significant other sexually assault you?” The answer was a resounding silence. No one knew how to answer the “Sex Signals” speaker. I knew. I knew the answer. Rather, the sudden urge to vomit and then excuse myself from the auditorium gave me my answer. “Yes. Oh, my God. Yes,” said a…

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Salutes & Awards

Smeeks retires uniform, continues to serve

Posted  August 8, 2014

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon Col. Tammy Smeeks, 412th Mission Support Group, is presented with a retirement pin by Maj. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., Air Force Test Center commander, during a retirement ceremony held in her honor July 31 at Club Muroc. Smeeks will continue her service at Edwards as a civilian supervisor for…

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Motorcycle Advanced Rider Course scheduled

Posted  August 8, 2014

Another Motorcycle Advanced Rider Course has been scheduled for Aug. 13. Military and DOD civilians may register for this course; however, military will be given priority when registration approval takes place. You will receive a confirmation email if you are approved. †Per AFI 91-207, Table 4.1., this course is mandatory for military riders who have…

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Air Force tests new chief master sergeant EPR form

Posted  August 8, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas†-†Air Force leaders will test the newly developed AF Form 912, Enlisted Performance Report [CMSgt], during the calendar year 2014 Regular Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Screening Board, which convenes at the Pentagon in September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Development of a chief master sergeant evaluation form is…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  August 8, 2014

Professor Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School makes this observation about what truly matters in life.  ”If you study the root causes of business disasters, over and over you’ll find this predisposition toward endeavors that offer immediate gratification. If you look at personal lives through that lens, you’ll see the same stunning and sobering pattern:…

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Air Force to change enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted  August 8, 2014

WASHINGTON – Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31. The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented incrementally beginning in August 2014 and continuing through early 2016. Additional information…

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Piute Ponds continues makeover

Posted  August 8, 2014

Piute Ponds has undergone a series of renovations over the last couple years and is now reaping the benefits of those years of construction.

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Annual Education Fair Aug. 13

Posted  August 8, 2014

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Senior Airman Jacob English, 412th Medical Support Squadron, speaks to a college representative during last year’s education fair at Club Muroc. The Edwards Education Center will be hosting the Edwards 2014 Annual Education Fair Aug. 13. More than†56 college and university representatives will be at the Club Muroc Alliance…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted  August 8, 2014

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake my…

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Congressional staffers get a taste of test

Posted  August 8, 2014

Air Force photograph by Christian Turner Congressional staffers were given the opportunity to visit the boom pod and receive a tutorial from the boom operator, giving them an up-close look at aerial refueling aboard a KC-135 Stratotanker.Ten staffers from the U.S. House of Representatives visited Edwards Aug. 4-5 to familiarize themselves with the Edwards mission….

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