The April Edwards Civilian-Military support Group directors meeting discussed the 2013 project for the base, and verified the annual barbecue date.
They also heard reports on the AV Board of Trade Washington, D.C., tour and the California Space Week celebration in Sacramento.
Several projects for the base were discussed.
Rehabilitation of the name plaques at the Flag Park was selected as a project. Those 24×6 inch bronze plaques were installed in 1991, when the Flag Park was opened. Many are now discolored, and some are bent. Board member George Nagy and President Danny Bazzell will investigate cleanup methods and report at the next meeting. The Higher Grounds Internet Café in Bldg. 2423 (an enlisted dorm) was set up in 2007 to provide a non-alcoholic recreation space. Civ-Mil is considering providing new controls for the video game consoles as another 2013 project.
Al Hoffman, Civ-Mil member, gave a report on the Board of Trade Washington D.C., trip.
Influential persons in government and organizations were presented with White Papers explaining the advantages of many aerospace programs taking place in our area. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was visited. One theme was to sustain Edwards Air Force Base, including airspace protection and frequency protection for its communications. The visit was coordinated with a similar one from a group from Arnold AFB, Tenn. A joint breakfast was held for influential Washington persons. Civ-Mil directors approved providing $600 for this breakfast.
Cam Martin, Civ-Mil member, reported on the successful California Space Week in Sacramento which was coordinated by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. California Senate and Assembly aerospace leaders resonded to the presentations.
Contributions to Civ-Mil charitable projects
Civ-Mil acknowledged the generous support of its projects by community members, both personal donations and from businesses, large and small. They allow many activities and facilities that improve the quality of life for the base and its personnel.
Since 2010, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has donated approximately $18,250 to the Edwards Air Force Base Civ-Mil Support Group and will continue to be an active partner with them in support of our local military personnel and their families.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics plays an active role in helping strengthen the quality of life in the Antelope Valley. In order for our community to grow and remain resilient during these difficult economic times, it’s important that we foster a “pay it forward” culture through volunteerism, philanthropic giving and student outreach.
Last year, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics donated more than $560,000 to non-profit organizations, schools and universities focused on science, technology, education and math education, military/veteran support and community outreach. In 2012 alone, Lockheed Martin Palmdale employees volunteered more than 30,000 hours to improve their communities, support military families and inspire our future generation to pursue a STEM education.
Since 2010, Northrop Grumman has contributed more than $11,000 to the Edwards Air Force Base Civilian-Military Support Group. These funds support the Airman’s Attic and other Civ-Mil projects.
Northrop Grumman was honored to receive recognition for their 2012 support that provided $5,000 to assist with on-going efforts to improve the amenities available to our military families and veterans on base.
With a local workforce of more than 3,000 employees, Northrop Grumman is not only a leading industry partner with the U.S. Air Force in technological development of systems such as the Global Hawk, unmanned aerial systems and product improvement concepts for the B-2 fleet, but its employees are also key members of the Antelope Valley, committed to actively participating and supporting the community.
Northrop Grumman continues its close partnerships in the area by providing funding and other resources to support many local outreach programs such as this one.