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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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AF officials announce fiscal 2014 civilian workforce shaping

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Air Force will reduce the size of its civilian workforce by about 900 positions in addition to maintaining approximately 7,000 vacancies across the force to meet the demands of a constrained fiscal 2014 budget, officials announced. Specific reductions by location have not been determined. The Air Force will implement civilian workforce shaping initiatives, along…

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Holiday message from 412th TW CC

Posted  December 20, 2013

Team, The holidays are finally upon us and I’d like to take this time to express my deepest gratitude and commend all of you for your hard work, successes and patience. 2013 was busy and challenging for the 412th Test Wing and I am amazed at all the accomplishments we have made through all the…

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Exchange recognized as top employer for military spouses

Posted  December 20, 2013

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service announced today that it has earned the 2014 Military Spouse Employer title by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse. Companies competed for the Military Friendly Employers title via a data-driven survey of more than 5,000 companies with resulting survey data independently tested by Ernst &…

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DOS rollback included in FY14 force management

Posted  December 20, 2013

In addition to force management programs announced in July, the Air Force will implement the Enlisted Date of Separation Rollback Program for fiscal year 2014, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below who meet required criteria, said Lt. Col. RicK Garcia,…

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Another DUI message?

Posted  December 20, 2013

Air Force photograph The Edwards AFB DUI awareness sign located at the intersection of Lancaster Blvd. and Fitz-Gerald Blvd. I know! I know you think you have heard it all on this subject, but please don’t stop reading! I know you have received hundreds (if not thousands) of DUI briefings over the course of your…

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Dignity and Respect To the Airmen of the United States Air Force

Posted  December 20, 2013

Last month, we launched the Airman to Airman video series as a way for me to communicate directly with you on the important issues I think you need to know about. †Recently, I met with your wing commanders here in D.C. and talked to them about a number of issues affecting our Air Force. Most…

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NASA F/A-18 temporarily disappears from baseball stadium

Posted  December 20, 2013

NASA photographs by Tom Tschida and Ken Ulbrich The retired F/A-18A is carefully lifted off its pylon, it’s home for the past 17 years. The retired NASA F/A-18A aircraft that has served as an iconic landmark in front of “The†Hangar” – the Lancaster Municipal Stadium†ó†in Lancaster, Calif., for the past 17 years, was demounted from…

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With a chill in the air, winter is around the corner

Posted  December 20, 2013

Now that cold weather is upon us, we should prepare for the winter ahead and know a few simple safety precautions to prevent fire from striking our homes. More than 5,000 people die each year in the United States from injuries sustained in fires. Most of these deaths occur during the winter. The reasons often…

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NORAD to track Santa’s global journey

Posted  December 20, 2013

Air Force photograph by Michael Kucharek Santa Claus reviews his flight plan for his annual Christmas Eve trek across the globe in the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Current Operations Center at the NORAD and Northcom headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. On Christmas Eve, tens of thousands of children…

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TRICARE, the Affordable Care Act, and you

Posted  December 20, 2013

Question: Do TRICARE beneficiaries meet health care requirements established by the Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care reform law? Answer: In most instances, yes. The Affordable Care Act requires individuals to maintain basic health care coverage called minimum essential coverage. This is the type of coverage an individual needs to have to…

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