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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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412th Comptrollers Squadron observes Halloween with costume contest

Posted  November 8, 2013

The 412th Comptroller Squadron and Edwards AFB Contracting celebrated Halloween, Oct. 31 with their annual costume contest in Building 2800. Some of the costumes included Wednesday Addams, Tina Turner, John Travolta and Clark Kent. First place in the men’s costumes went to a pirate and for the women, first place went to the Aflac duck….

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Attention all Airmen: Air Force holds sexual assault offenders accountable, sexual assault convictions are now online

Posted  November 8, 2013

The Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions online. Anyone can go to this website and review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. After a few minutes of reviewing the facts of these cases, you will soon see many cases are very similar –…

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Same-sex spouses eligible for FMLA benefits

Posted  November 8, 2013

Federal employees with same-sex spouses are now provided the same Family and Medical Leave Act coverage as those with opposite-sex spouses, according to an Oct. 21 Office of Personnel Management memorandum. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, OPM officials implemented a review of guidance…

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‘You Got Talent’ returns to Edwards AFB

Posted  November 8, 2013

The You Got Talent Air Force Family & Teen Talent Show is back at Edwards AFB after a three-year hiatus. “UGT” shows that Edwards AFB does have talent. Fifteen different acts performed Oct. 23 in front of a nice size crowd at “The Hangar” inside the Oasis Community Club. Some of the standout performers were…

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Edwards Teen Center places third in video contest

Posted  November 8, 2013

The Kadena Air Base Youth Programs’ Teen Council in Japan earned $5,000 with an original video focused on helping military dependents transition during permanent changes of station, announced Air Force Personnel Center officials. The grant will go toward quality improvements for the base teen program. Second place went to the Minot Air Force Base,†N.D.,†teen center,…

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SERB-eligible officers have until Nov. 15 to apply for retirement

Posted  November 8, 2013

Lieutenant colonels and colonels who are eligible to meet the Selective Early Retirement Board slated for Dec. 9 still have time to volunteer for retirement before the Nov. 15 window closes, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. SERB is one of several force management programs to be implemented in FY14 to help size and balance…

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Twilight Golf

Posted  November 8, 2013

Daily, 2:30 p.m.-sunset. Had a long day at work?† Take a little time to relax and enjoy some golf!†Our ‘Twilight Special’ is a great way to end the day, get a few holes in before dark and save money! E1-E4 – $4.50 green fees E5 and Above – $6.50 green fees Contractors and guests –…

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News Briefs November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

Commissary open The Edwards Commissary will be open noon-6 p.m. Veterans Day, Nov. 11. For more information, call (661)277-9175. New Air Force Technical Adviser selected An appointment ceremony for Dr. Joseph W. Nichols, new Technical Adviser for Flight Test and Evaluations, Air Force Test Center, will be 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in Club Muroc. Please…

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Commissaries to start scanning IDs

Posted  November 8, 2013

Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers’ Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit.

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Hagel: Six priorities shape future defense institutions

Posted  November 8, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel speaks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Security Forum Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON – In the months since the 2012 defense strategic guidance first reflected a new budget reality, Pentagon officials and military leaders have been working…

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