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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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Every Airman Counts

Posted  July 19, 2013

Fellow Airmen, I need your help in fixing a problem that directly relates to our overall readiness – sexual assault. This is a problem each and every one of you has a part in solving. As Airmen in the world’s greatest Air Force, treating each other with dignity and respect is absolutely essential. †Our mission…

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Edwards AFB’s Piute Ponds feature wide variety of birds, wildlife

Posted  July 19, 2013

Air Force photograph by Melissa Buchanan A Barn Owl takes flight from a tree in Piute Ponds at Edwards Air Force Base. The ponds attract numerous bird species and wildlife. The artificially maintained marsh area is located in the extreme southwest corner of the base. Amid the high desert landscape that encompasses Edwards is a…

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Sh’linda Miller, 2013 Youth of the Year

Posted  July 19, 2013

Courtesy photograph Shílinda Miller, a 2013 graduate from Desert High School, won the state-wide Boys and Girls Clubís Military Youth of the Year title May 28, 29, competing against six other contestants. In the magnificent shadow of the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif., Sh’linda Miller, a 2013 graduate from Desert High School, won the…

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Sequestration impact looms despite resumed flying operations

Posted  July 19, 2013

Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume….

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Annual duck blind drawing slated Aug. 10

Posted  July 19, 2013

Waterfowl hunters can participate in the annual duck blind drawing scheduled Aug. 10, at the Rod and Gun Activity, Bldg. 210. Base hunting permits may be submitted to drawing officials from 9 a.m. until the actual drawing begins, which will be at approximately 10 a.m. Duck blind reservations are required for all base affiliated waterfowl…

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Edwards AFB partners with DU, D14 to improve Piute Ponds

Posted  July 19, 2013

Edwards AFB held a dedication ceremony at Piute Ponds July 12 to commemorate the partnership that helped develop parts of the area for recreation during a 2012 improvement project. Edwards Environmental Management along with Ducks Unlimited and District 14 in Lancaster, Calif., joined forces to construct new water control structures, culverts and dikes that will…

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NASA’S SOFIA investigates the southern sky from New Zealand

Posted  July 19, 2013

NASA photograph by Carla Thomas The SOFIA flying observatory is operating from Christchurch, New Zealand. Scientists are observing celestial objects from the Southern Hemisphere including the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, young stars, star forming regions, supernova remnants in the southern Milky Way, and the Magellanic Clouds. NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory will be based…

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News Briefs July 19, 2013

Posted  July 19, 2013

Fitness center closure The Rosburg Fitness Center will be closed Saturdays due to the furlough. The new Fitness Center hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday to Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday. Anticipated normal hours of operation will resume after Sept. 28, 2013. For more information, call Peter Smith, Fitness Center director, at (661)…

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418th FLTS stands up detachment in support of KC-46

Posted  July 19, 2013

In light of Boeing's recent announcement they have begun assembly of the first KC-46 wing spar for the Air Force tanker program, Air Force Materiel Command officially stood-up the 418th Flight Test Squadron, Detachment 1, during an activation ceremony July 11 in Seattle, Wash.

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Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Posted  July 19, 2013

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community – When it’s hot outside, the TV seems like the best option.  But did you know TV programs are carefully designed to be enticing while requiring no mental exertion.  They train you to avoid hard work, and instead help you “go with…

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