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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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Nominees sought for AFA civilian award

Posted  November 15, 2013

Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Air Force Association Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employees of the Year Award. Each year, the AFA recognizes Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories: Civilian Wage Employee (all Federal Wage System employees) Civilian Program Specialist (GS-1 through GS-11 or equivalent National Security Personnel…

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Exchange offering a harvest of savings before, during, after Black Friday

Posted  November 15, 2013

Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can spare the turkey as the Exchange carves up prices Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The bountiful savings begin at www.shopmyexchange.com on Thanksgiving Day with Dooney and Bourke crossbody handbags for $99 and a 14K 1 ct. TDW diamond ring marked down $1,051 to $799. In-store, shoppers will find even…

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Honorary commanders tour base

Posted  November 15, 2013

Air Force photograph Ethan Wagner Members of Edwards AFB’s Honorary Commanders Program pose in front of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School’s Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA). The honorary commanders were given a tour of base facilities Nov. 8.†The Honorary Commanders Program pairs community leaders with Air Force commanders at Edwards…

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Ring in the holidays with toys kids want at Exchange savings

Posted  November 15, 2013

Ring in holiday cheer by shopping for the season’s hottest toys at cool Army & Air Force Exchange Service savings with this year’s in-store and online toy selections. The “Special Delivery: Exchange Toys” shopping guide is available for pick up at nearby Exchanges featuring assorted coupons to stretch holiday giving, reducing costs $10-$15 off already…

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Major demolition of building 2650A begins

Posted  November 15, 2013

Major demolition of Bldg. 2650A, formerly home to Edwards†Environmental Management, started Nov. 12 and is expected to continue over the next few weeks. The first stages of the project included processing debris and separating materials to be recycled. Environmental Management is now located in†Bldg. 4231.

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DJSH sophomore chosen for Congress of Future Medical Leaders in D.C.

Posted  November 15, 2013

Aric Springer, a Sophmore at Desert Junior Senior High School of Edwards has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC on February 14-16, 2014. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this…

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K-9 training

Posted  November 15, 2013

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber Military Working Dog, Schmykel, held his grip as Col. Robert Hoff, 412th Mission Support†Group commander,†swung him in the air during a military working dog demonstration Nov. 8. Schmykel is trained not to release the bite until commanded to by his handler, Staff Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez (right), 412th Security Forces…

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DMV introduces Troops to Trucks program

Posted  November 15, 2013

The California Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced the availability of a new program – Troops to Trucks – aimed at streamlining the commercial driver license application process by eliminating the road skills driving test requirement. A†commercial driver license†is required in California to operate large trucks and buses. To obtain a CDL, the applicant must…

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News Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 15, 2013

Commissary Holiday Hours The Commissary will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The day following, the Commissary will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For Christmas week, the Commissary will be open Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. For more information, call (661) 277-9175. Black History…

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AF activates accountability system in response to Philippine crisis

Posted  November 15, 2013

The Air Force has activated the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System to monitor the status and location of all personnel and dependents who may be affected by the category 5 typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines Nov. 8, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Nov. 13. The activation is a local event for…

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