About 96 people attended the Edwards Air Force Base Support Group Spring Mixer March 28 and the breakdown was about 50-50 between Air Force officers and group members.
Amongst the Air Force officers in attendance were Brig. Gen Arnold Bunch, commander of the Air Force Test Center; and Brig Gen Michael Brewer, commander of the 412th Test Wing. Since the Air Force Material Command reorganization, the Air Force Test Center is responsible for Edwards, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and the Arnold Air Development Center, in Tennessee.
The mixer was held at the lobby and patio of Bldg. 3000. Many local civic leaders attended. These included Keenan Hochschild representing U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy; Gale Knight representing California Sen. Steve Knight; Kern County Supervisor Zack Scrivner; Palmdale City Manager David Childs; and California City Manager Tom Weil.
Other Air Force attendees included: Dr. Davy Belk, AFTC executive director; Col. Daniel Daetz, 412th Test Wing Vice Commander; Col. Amy Arwood, 412th TW chief of staff; Col. Robert Hoff, 412th TW Mission Support Group; Col. Kevin Muckheide 412th TW Electronic Warfare Group; Col. Robby Weaver 412th TW Maintenance; Lt. Col. Matthew Fritz, 412 Flight Test Squadron; and Col. Lawrence Hoffman, Commander of USAF Test Pilot School. Other Air Force attendees included: Col. G. Arthur McGettrick, commander of Detachment 5, AFOTEC; and Col. Glenn Graham, Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale. Edwards enlisted troops were represented by Chief Master Sgt. Chris McCollor, AFTC; and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Randolph, 412th TW.
Brewer gave a short informal talk. He said the successful operation of the 412th Test Wing is based on four cooperating groups: the military; civil service employees; contractor personnel; and community support of other three. The Edwards Civ-Mil Support Group showcases the outstanding cooperation of the community. He also said, “we will get through this budget tightening.”
Danny Bazzell, President of Civ-Mil briefly reviewed highlights of past Civ-Mil service projects for Edwards and its staff:
* Higher Grounds is an Internet cafe located at Bldg. 2423 enlisted dorm. It was set up in July 2007 with the donation of $50,000 worth of computers and displays. It provides a non-alcoholic recreation space for the airmen; and now includes game consoles.
* When Airman’s Attic expanded into an 8,000 square-foot facility, Civ-Mil supplied the carpeting, including special carpeting for the children’s play area. The group also installed partitions. The cost was $18,000. It has been called the finest Airman’s Attic of any Air Force installation.
* To support deployed airmen, Civ-Mil provides “goodie bags.” These include snacks, chewing gum, toiletry articles, books, games, prepaid post cards to send greetings back home, pens, pencils, and a host of other items not easily available through channels. Since 2002, more than 3,000 bags have been given out.
* The Flag Park at Bldg. 1 was installed in 1991. It flies the flags of all 48 states and the U.S. possessions. The flags were just replaced and there are three sets of replacements on hand for when needed.
* Holiday activities supported by Civ-Mil include the Holiday Meal Program, the children’s gifts Angel Tree and Holiday Gift Baskets for junior enlisted. These have been coordinated by the First Sergeants Council, and recently assisted by other sponsors
Contributions to the Civ-Mil Edwards AFB projects are held in a separate fund, while operational Civ-Mil funds are in a separate account. During the past year, Northrop Grumman generously has donated $5,000 to Civ-Mil for its Edwards activities. Lockheed Martin has made a similar generous donation of $4,000. Those donations were acknowledged by Bazzell.
The 412th Test Wing recently inducted honorary commanders. These civic leaders from surrounding communities provide Edwards’ commanders with the capability to develop, promote and maintain a continuous working partnership with the surrounding communities. The program was originated by Civ-Mil several years ago. Several of the new honorary commanders attended. Most of the Civ-Mil directors were present, in addition to many members.
The Spring Mixer was arranged by Civ-Mil Secretary Julie Swayze and her committee of Michelle Slade, Pam Russell, founder Aida O’Connor and John Fergione. Club Muroc catered the buffet.