News Briefs – October 9, 2015

Service Academy nominations

On Oct. 15, Congressman Kevin McCarthy will be holding a forum for all students in the 23rd Congressional District who are interested in attending one of the U.S. Service Academies. The forum will start at 6 p.m. in the Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93309. The forum offers students and parents the chance to learn more about the application process, academy life and career opportunities within the various branches of the military. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to come out and learn more.
For more information or to R.S.V.P., call 661-327-3611 or email

Resilience Class

The next Resilience class is 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 21 Bldg. 2460, Room A.  Those interested in attending should contact Nancy Koch-Castillo (661) 277-6711, or email Through this course you will learn 11 life skills through PowerPoint presentations addressing (Resilience: the ability to withstand, recover and/or grow in the face of stressors and changing demands) through the four Comprehensive Airman Fitness domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual.

Rosburg Fitness Center access now 24/7

Twenty-four/seven access to the main fitness area and the free-weight tent of the Rosburg Fitness Center began Sept. 19. Access will be available to active duty personnel, their dependents who are 18 and over, retirees and DOD civilians. Be advised, personnel under the age of 18 are not authorized access afterhours with the exception of active duty Airmen who must be 17 years or older.
Eligible personnel may stop by the fitness center starting to complete orientation, review and sign the statement of understanding, and get their access cards issued/registered for 24/7 access. For active duty and DOD Civilians, access will be coded on their government-issued IDs.
Dependents and retirees will be issued an access card free of charge; subsequent replacement cards can be purchased for $5.
For more information, call Pete Smith at 661-277-5494.

Town hall meeting

The next town hall meeting will be 5-7 p.m., Nov. 4 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Everyone in the Edwards community is welcome to attend. Some topics will include upcoming events, changes in hours at the fitness center, Corvias Housing information and base schools updates. There will also be briefings by the 412th Security Forces Squadron on traffic and curfew rules.

Flu vaccine

The 412th Medical Group Immunizations Clinic is now providing the 2015-16 influenza vaccine to high risk patients, health care workers, first responders (security forces and fire fighters) and deploying personnel.  If you are not a Tricare beneficiary, the 412th MDG can provide the vaccine only if it is a requirement for employment. High risk patients are defined as people that are more likely to get flu complications resulting in hospitalization or worse. High risk patients include adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women and people with medical conditions such asthma, neurological disorders, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders and/or weakened immune systems. At this time, the medical group has not received the nasal formulation (Flumist), but we are expecting it to be available in October. The injectable influenza vaccine for patients that are three years and older that are not able to receive the nasal mist.  More information will be released with updates. For more information, contact the Immunizations Clinic at 661-277-3427.

Edwards First Sergeants seeking volunteers

Have you wanted to scare someone? Hiding in the shadows and waiting for the perfect time to jump? The Edwards First Sergeant council is looking for motivated individuals to provide scares from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 at the old Shoppette. This year we will be having six rooms of horror designed and operated by a group, squadron or organization. That means you get to design your own original room of horror! If you are part of a squadron or organization and would like volunteer, please send me an email to reserve a room. The guests will vote on what room is the scariest and the winning room will receive a prize. The rooms will be given away on a first come first serve basis. Once you have reserved a room you will receive an email telling you when you can start turning it into the gruesome scene that you wish it to be.
If you would like to help out and did not get a room we will still need people to do the following:
* Public Relations Team
* Set-up/tear-down crew
* Money & Ticket taker
* Guides
* Random Creatures
For questions or concerns, call Tech. Sgt. Dennis Cates at 661-275-5503.


Jake Jacobson and Judy Gayler: The Air Force Test Center Directorate of Contracting cordially invites you to attend a combined luncheon honoring Jake Jacobson and Judy Gayler on the occasion of their retirement from federal civilian service Oct. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Club Muroc. Tickets are $15 per person for club members and $17 for nonmembers. Tickets are on sale until Oct. 16. For more information, call 661-277-8447 or email

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