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Former NASA Astronaut Steven Nagel, veteran of four shuttle flights, dies at 67

Former NASA astronaut Steven R. Nagel, who served as a mission specialist on his first space shuttle flight, pilot on his second and commanded his final two, died Aug. 21 after a long illness. He was 67 years old.

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Being prepared in earthquake country

Air Force graphic by Rebecca Amber For National Preparedness Month, this September, the Edwards AFB Office of Emergency Management is focusing on Califorina’s most prominent natural disaster – earthquakes. Throughout the month, Emergency Management will provide resources teaching how to be prepared for an earthquake, before, during and after the shaking begins. Edwards AFB Emergency…

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ODR wants to get Team Edwards out and about

In the coming months Edwards personnel can expect to see representatives form Outdoor Recreation in the Exchange to assist in signing up for email notifications.

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NASA, Edwards say goodbye to historic landmark

A structure synonymous with NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center for the past 38 years, the grey-colored space shuttle Mate-Demate Device (MDD) at Edwards Air Force Base is being dismantled and demolished as a part of the final chapter in the U.S. space shuttle program.

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Civil Air Patrol recruiting new members

Today, Civil Air Patrol is more than 72 years old and growing stronger each and every day.


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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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New Express gas station open for business

Posted  August 2, 2013

Air Force photograph Edwards AFB Exchange Gas Station located on Fitz-Gerald Blvd. across from Starbucks. As of July 31, the new Army and Air Force Exchange Express service†station on Fitz-Gerald Boulevard†is now open. The station†is approximately 2,700 square feet of sales area, doubling the current station, and has 10 pumps to help facilitate a quick…

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No decisions yet on cutting furlough days, official says

Posted  August 2, 2013

Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said July 30. More than 640,000 civilian employees are being furloughed one day a week for 11 weeks, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen said. These unpaid days are…

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News Briefs August 2, 2103

Posted  August 2, 2013

E-5 promotion celebration Join us at Club Muroc in the Alliance Ballroom to celebrate our newest staff sergeant selects 4 p.m., Aug. 2. †Uniform of the day is ABUs. †There will be refreshments provided. For more information, call (661) 275-2670 or e-mail sedric.whitaker@us.af.mil. A&FRC NCO needed The Airman and Family Readiness Center is accepting applications…

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Fifteen promoted in July

Posted  August 2, 2013

Team Edwards celebrated the promotions for 15 of its Airmen July 31 in the Base Auditorium. The Airmen represent the promotees for the month of July. Congratulations to all those who took ascended to the next step in their Air Force careers! To airman 1st class Patrick J. Booth, 412th Maintenance Squadron Breanna L. A….

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PLAYpass gives Airmen up to $1,000 in discounts

Posted  August 2, 2013

  Airmen projected to deploy or have recently returned from a deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs. The PLAYpass program is based upon discount cards which provide eligible Airmen and family members the opportunity to participate in force support squadron programs for…

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Mission control center upgrades increase capability

Posted  August 2, 2013

Performing major renovations to the gold and blue rooms may sound like it's leading to the grand re-opening of a popular night club, but at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, it means an increased capability in flight operations and testing.

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  August 2, 2013

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – It is reported that South African golfer Gary Player responded to a critic describing him as “lucky” by saying, “yes, and I’ve noticed that the harder I practice, the luckier I get.”  Our character is formed in the same way….

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After ‘nightmare,’ dream comes true for 412th CS, Desert Junior Senior High School

Posted  August 2, 2013

Desert Junior Senior High School received 17 computers July 31 through the Computers for Learning program, which lets no longer used computers and technical equipment to be handed over to schools and nonprofit organizations.

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X-56A technology demonstrator achieves first flight

Posted  August 2, 2013

The Air Force Research Laboratory, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and NASA, recently undertook the first flight on July 26 of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed flight demonstrator, at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.

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