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Edwards says goodbye to Weavers

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Outgoing commander of the 412th Maintenance Group, Col. Robby Weaver (right) receives his retirement pin from his wife Susan during Weaverís retirement ceremony July 10. Weaver and his wife are retiring after a 25-year career in the Air Force; the last three of which were spent as the 412th…

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Got a ticket? What now?

Many drivers have experienced the sinking feeling that accompanies the flashing lights and siren of a police vehicle pulling them over. But, for drivers who are cited on Edwards AFB, there may be harsher penalties.

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F-35 returns to limited flight, officials rule out Farnborough

While the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has returned to limited flying, it will not be appearing at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon news conference July 15.

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Scars of DUI: It ends with me

As a young child, you don’t think much if someone doesn’t show up when they’re supposed to because you have better, “more important” things to worry about; like bugs and dolls. They’re just another shape flashing around you in your own little world. Occasionally, a child will stop and ask a question about the sky,…

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Can you tell me how to get to ‘Sesame Street?’

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Military ID card holders and guests are invited to attend the “Sesame Street USO Experience for Military Families” July 27 at the Oasis Community Center. The Sesame Street USO Experience for Military Families will drop by the Oasis Community Center for two shows July 28. The event is open…


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Exchange launches new and improved website

Posted  August 9, 2013

Online shopping with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is easier than ever thanks to a refresh of the organization’s official website, www.shopmyexchange.com, in preparation for the key holiday selling season. Improvements include a new homepage layout design, complete with an updated visual look and industry-standard navigation; more product categories; easy-to-find links to specialty…

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I am an Air Force first sergeant

Posted  August 9, 2013

“Everyone is My Business” That’s the first sergeant’s creed. That’s what we strive for, each and every single day. There are very few enlisted personnel in our Air Force with more authority, more responsibility and a downright busier day than a first sergeant. My job is people – everyone is my business. I dedicate my…

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Slowest of suicides

Posted  August 2, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -†I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting – again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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Exchange shoppers can win thousands in laundry money

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and Proctor and Gamble have teamed up to give five Exchange shoppers the opportunity to “clean up” to the tune of $1,500 in the “Free Tide for a Year” sweepstakes. From July 26-Aug. 29, authorized shoppers can enter at Exchange stores worldwide for the opportunity to win one…

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AF names 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force officials announced the service’s top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013. An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands; direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected 12 Airmen based on superior…

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Defiance vs. distress: Digging deeper to help Airmen

Posted  August 2, 2013

U.S. Air Force graphic The four pillars of Comprehensive Airman Fitness which focuses on a member’s resiliency: mental, spiritual, social and physical. LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. In my four years as a first sergeant, I’ve seen the good, bad and the ugly; however, I would not be effective if I allowed the bad and…

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HEALTH ADVISORY: Closures posted for local campgrounds due to plague found in ground squirrel

Posted  August 2, 2013

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and U.S. Forestry Service officials have closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops of the Table Mountain Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest after tests confirmed that one ground squirrel trapped July 16, 2013, during routine surveillance activities tested positive on July 23, 2013, for plague….

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MacSparran takes over 412th AMDS

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Lt. Col. Kathryn Hughes (right)†applauds after Lt. Col. Patricia MacSparran officially assumed command of the 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron during a ceremony July 25 at Club Muroc.† Hughes relinquished command of the squadron to MacSparran. The 412th AMDS is responsible for treating 412th Test Wing pilots and air crewman…

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Cub Scouts explore visit Edwards AFB

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Cub Scout Pack 119, from Santa Clarita, Calif., visits the F-16 Shadow Fleet for a close-up of the aircraft and a chance to interact with Airmen that maintain it. Cub Scout Pack 119, from Santa Clarita, Calif., got an up close look at what Edwards AFB is all about†during…

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Edwards ‘fuel’-ing up for new conversion

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara Each Edwards fuel truck, like the one shown, will be remarked with the new fuel type designator once the base converts to commercial Jet A fuel with additives within the continental U.S. All Edwards aircraft, except B-52s and RQ-4s, are projected to convert to Jet A fuel around November…

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