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Joint Strike Fighter ITF ground testing F-35 gun

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., is in the process of testing the F-35A's newest munitions asset - the GAU-22/A. The gun is a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 millimeter rounds.

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Outdoor Rec provides excursions, arsenal for summer activities

Outdoor Recreation provides tools and excursions for every season of the year, from camping, snowboarding and surfing, to parasailing, indoor skydiving and much more.  As a resource to the base, ODR provides coolers, tents, chairs, fishing poles and other camping equipment.

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New AFMC mission, vision statements emphasize agility

New mission and vision statements are the foundation of a new command strategy designed to push Air Force Materiel Command to be more agile as it delivers war-winning support to the warfighter. The command’s new mission statement is succinct but declarative: “deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities.”†The mission statement encompasses the entire spectrum of AFMC’s…

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Exchange doubles gas savings July 24-26

Air Force photograph by Jet Fabara The Edwards AFB Exchange Express Gas Station. In honor of its 120th anniversary, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is pumping up gas savings by doubling the discount for MILITARY STAR cardholders. From July 24 to July 26, drivers fueling up with a MILITARY STAR card at Army…

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New commander online with 412th Communications Squadron

Air Force photograph by Edward Cannon From left: Col. Eric Leshinsky, 412th Mission Support Group commander, and Lt. Col. J. Scott Fuller pose for a photo as Lt. Col. Christopher Budde looks on. Budde relinquished command of the 412th Communications Squadron to Fuller during a change of command ceremony at Club Muroc July 10. Fuller…


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Lightning, tornados over Edwards

Posted  May 30, 2014

An F-35 Lightning II, BF-17, piloted by Air Force test pilot Lt. Col. Jonathan Ohman, F-35 Integrated Test Force, performs interoperability testing with two United Kingdom Royal Air Force Eurofighter Typhoons over the ranges at Edwards AFB, Calif., April 4.

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AF Legal Assitance website places help at your fingertips

Posted  May 30, 2014

Do you have questions about automobile purchases? Need a will or a power of attorney? The Air Force legal community continually strives to find better ways to serve military members, retirees and their dependents. A few years ago a legal assistance website was launched to help us serve you better. You can find it at…

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Air Force mental health programs encourage seeking help

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years – and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General. A mental health encounters report issued by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency noted…

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Desert High students bring history back to life for second year

Posted  May 30, 2014

Air Force graphic by Jet Fabara Graphically enhanced photo of Desert Junior-Senior High School students re-enacting the Manhattan Project brief given to President Harry Truman in which scientists explain the first atomic bomb during a “Night at the Museum” event hosted by the students and faculty of Desert Junior Senior High School May 21, 2014….

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Pulse on AF force management

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – This week’s force management update focuses on the chief master sergeant retention board, voluntary separation pay, officer reduction in force boards, quality force review board, civilian force management and total force opportunities in a continued effort to bring Airmen the latest, most accurate information concerning the complex and dynamic force management programs.  …

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DHS student selected for Air Force Academy

Posted  May 30, 2014

Congressman Kevin McCarthy May 22 announced that seven of the students that he nominated from the 23rd Congressional District will attend one of the U.S. Service Academies in the fall.

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Advice to Airmen from your Desert Diamonds: 101 Critical Days of Summer

Posted  May 30, 2014

It is your Airman…Big “A” As leaders, we need to take responsibility for everything that happens or fails to happen in our organization; set the tone. Let your personnel know that risk management is needed not just on the job, but in each of our everyday lives, especially during summer when many of us participate…

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CSAF provides ëinitial feedbackí to all commanders

Posted  May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – All supervisors are required to provide subordinates with an initial feedback, outlining expectations, standards and goals they can both work together to achieve. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III led the way by introducing the new Air Force Instruction 1-2 “Commander’s Responsibilities” May 8 for commanders Air Force-wide. AFI…

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

Posted  May 30, 2014

– In the military we know that remembering those who have given their lives for their country is more than a one-time event.  A couple of Duke University professors highlight the importance of remembering. “We are quite literally a people that morally live off our wars because they give us the necessary basis for self-sacrifice…

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Branch students fired up for rocket launch

Posted  May 30, 2014

Air Force photograph by Rebecca Amber The volunteer launch crew fires up a rocket as the students reach the end of their countdown at the second annual Branch Elementary Rocket Challenge May 28. Branch Elementary School students watched from the playground as their rockets soared in the school’s second annual Rocket Challenge May 28. Each…

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