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The beauty of unity

How about eating a juicy burger, listening to classic rock while watching your favorite sports team? That's what I call a good time.

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Bunch encourages one enterprise mindset at commanders call

Maj. Gen. Arnie Bunch, Air Force Test Center commander, discussed his six strategic goals for the test center at a commander's call Oct. 14 in the base theater. His first goal is continuing to work towards a single enterprise team within the test center.

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AFTC major awarded two Air Medals

Family members and fellow Air Force Test Center staff watched as Maj. Gen. Arnold Bunch Jr., AFTC commander, pinned on the U.S. Armed Forces Air Medal to Maj. Todd Abshire's flight suit in front of Bldg. 1, Oct. 14.

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Edwards raises awareness of domestic violence, prevention

In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, Edwards welcomed founder, CEO and director of the Two-Lifestyles Women Empowerment Program, La Toyia Conway-Hampton, to host a unique and interactive workshop Oct. 9 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

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VMX-22 receives first F-35B aircraft

Marine Operational and Evaluation Squadron 22 received its first F-35B aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for operational testing Oct. 9, 2014.


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Exchange, Unilever giving away $5,000 in military-exclusive sweepstakes

Posted  September 27, 2013

With football season in full swing, fans are stocking up on pigskin essentials with a focus on home entertainment. Through Oct. 14, Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers worldwide have a chance to bring all the action home with the Unilever Man Cave Shopping Spree Sweepstakes. Shoppers can enter for their chance to win…

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Health & Safety

Same-sex spouses eligible for TRICARE benefits

Posted  September 27, 2013

Spouses, including same-sex spouses, of service members (active duty, retired or Guard/Reserve) are eligible for TRICARE. Coverage for same-sex spouses is retroactive to June 26, 2013. For full information on enrolling a spouse in TRICARE, visit the getting married page at www.tricare.mil/LifeEvents/Marriage. For more information on filing claims with your managed care support contractor, visit…

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DOD announces same-sex spouse benefits

Posted  September 27, 2013

Aug. 14, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today. After a review of the departmentís benefit policies following the Supreme Courtís ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act…

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Some Airmen may be entitled to additional SRB money

Posted  September 27, 2013

Enlisted Airmen who retrained into a career field with a selective reenlistment bonus may be eligible for additional bonus money, even if they are now separated or retired from the Air Force. Air Force officials are reviewing records of Airmen who over the past several years may have been paid less than they were authorized…

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Exchange offers $3,000 in prizes to those ‘still serving’

Posted  September 27, 2013

While all members of the military community make tremendous sacrifices in service to the United States, it takes a special breed to volunteer while off-duty or after retirement. From Sept. 20 to Oct. 18, authorized Army & Air Force Exchange shoppers can submit an essay of 200 words or less nominating any authorized shopper embodying…

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Health & Safety

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Posted  September 27, 2013

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and to promote self-awareness, anonymous and free depression screening is available at www.myhealth.va.gov. For anyone that needs help, the following resources are available: National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) Mental Health Office:  (661) 277-5291 Employee Assistance Program:  (661) 277-1183 / 800-222-0364 Air Force Aid Society: (661) 277-0723 Airman &…

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Sports

Newly arrived Edwards golfer ‘drives’ onto All AF team

Posted  September 27, 2013

For any competitive athlete in the military, representing one's unit or base is an honor, even more so, is the opportunity to represent one's branch of service.

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Team Edwards honors POW/MIA

Posted  September 27, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Tech. Sgt. Donald Martinez, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, runs with the POW/MIA flag to show his support. The flag was passed between members of his unit throughout the run. Team Edwards hosted a series of events in honor of National POW/MIA Recognition Friday, Sept 20. The first was…

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AFSA celebrates 66th Air Force birthday at Lancaster vet home

Posted  September 27, 2013

Members of the Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1328 hosted a barbecue lunch at the Lancaster Veterans Home of California Sept. 18, in honor of the 66th U.S. Air Force birthday. AFSA provided burgers, hotdogs and a birthday cake.

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Commentary

Setting the standard consistently, every day

Posted  September 27, 2013

Air Force photograph by Abner Guzman Senior Airman Angela Duff, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, runs on a pathway along Heritage Hill April 19, 2010, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. as part of her daily routine. Cutting corners on daily routines and physical training requirements can set a poor example and lead subordinates to mirror bad…

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