News Briefs – November 20, 2015

Varsity basketball

The Edwards AFB’s Varsity Basketball Team will play two games against Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., at the Rosburg Fitness Center 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Nov. 21. For more information, call 661-275-GYM1.

Edwards Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

The annual tree lighting ceremony, along with the judging of the holiday card contest, is 5:30 p.m., Dec. 4 in the Main Exchange parking lot. Enjoy holiday music, cookies and hot chocolate, snow and Santa.

Webster University ending program at Edwards

On Dec. 31, 2015, Webster University will no longer be providing educational programs on Edwards Air Force Base. They began their Teach Out Program in July 2015 and have notified all their current students of this change. If you have any specific questions regarding the closure of Webster University, you can direct them to the Edwards AFB Webster University director, Karen Fudala, at 661-258-8501.  Their on-base office is located in the Edwards Education and Training Center on 140 Methusa Ave.

Lunch and learn about promotions

Do you know what it takes to get promoted? The Edwards Top 3 will be holding a Lunch and Learn event 11 a.m., Nov. 20 in Room D of Bldg. 2461. Every Airman wants to get promoted, but did you know you should be preparing for your next stripe now? With the new promotion system in place all SNCO ranks will meet promotion boards going forward. We are here to help and set you up for success. Chief Master Sgt. Kennon Arnold will be sharing tips and information to help develop Airmen on their path to future success. Our target audiences for this session are technical and master sergeants, but all ranks are invited.  If you would like to attend, contact Master Sgt. Cesar Ramos at or Master Sgt. Joshua Mullen at to reserve your seat.  Seating is limited as the class only seats 35 people. So grab a lunch and come out to learn about things you need to do to prepare yourself for your next promotion.

Combat Dining Out

The 2015 412th Test Wing Combat Dining-Out, sponsored by the Edwards Top 3, is Nov. 21 in Hanger 1870. Obstacle course entry will be at 5 p.m. with the social beginning at 5:30 p.m. Dress for military and civilian is combat-related uniform; any combination is fine and can be creative. If using current ABUs and not in AFI standards, name tape and stripes must be removed. Cost is $10 for E-6 and below, NH-I to NH-2, GS-5 and below, WG-8 and below, WS-7 and below, and contractors. All other ranks or grades are $15. Cash only. Guest prices will be equivalent to military/civilian price. Guests must be 13 and older. Menu includes hamburgers and hotdogs with assorted side dishes. All ticket holders will receive a free mug. Attendees are asked to pay in advance to their unit POCs by Nov. 18 for an accurate food count, but payment will be taken at the door. POCs are listed below:
AFOTEC Det. 1 and 5 — Senior Master Sgt. Adam Pawelek
AFRL — Master Sgt. Timothy Dillen or Master Sgt. Billy Nolan
412th CE — Master Sgt. Michael Spradley
412th MDG — Staff Sgt. Carlos Aguiniga
412th MXG — Staff Sgt. Joshua Campbell or Senior Airman Jordan Wild
412th MSG — Master Sgt. Elizabeth Ramos, Tech. Sgt. Ryan Delaney or Staff
Sgt. Curtis Pilcher
412th OG — Staff Sgt. Randall Rayborn or Senior Airman Jacob Siler
772nd Test Squadron — Master Sgt. Scott Flory
31st TES — Master Sgt. Adam Davis
All Others:  Master Sgt. Christopher Roach or Tech. Sgt. Michael Grooms
For more information, call Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Wagner, 661-277-7936.

Annual Reindeer Run

This year’s Annual Reindeer Run 5K Fun Run/Walk is 3:30 p.m., Dec. 4. The run is hosted by the Edwards Officers’ Spouses Club and will benefit unfunded sports teams of Desert High School. Beginning Nov. 2O, the cost is $25 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Registration forms can be downloaded at Forms are also available at the Thrift Store and select lunch hour times at the Exchange. Race will begin and end in the Main Exchange parking lot. Sign in begins at 3 p.m. The annual tree lighting will be held after the run at 5:30 p.m.

Academic degree, certification training

The 412th Force Support Squadron Education and Training Office announces the Academic Degree and Certification Training-Part Time program. The Air Force Test Center and 412th Test Wing Civilian Advisory Board for Career Development has approved the program for implementation. ADCT-PT is a locally-developed, competitive academic degree program that provides AFTC/412th TW appropriated fund civilian employees an opportunity to receive tuition support for approved bachelors or masters degrees. The difference between this program and other methods is where civilian employees may receive Air Force support for college classes. The ADCT-PT students will receive tuition support for all or a significant part of an accredited degree program. ADCT-PT funding will cover the full cost of tuition and instructional fees up to $4,500 per fiscal year. While no guarantees of future funding for this program can be given, available funds will be distributed among selectees each year until degree completion. Permanent AFTC/412th TW appropriated fund civilian employees who have at least one year of service at Edwards AFB can apply. Bachelor’s applicants must have already completed at least 60 credits towards their degree program as of date of application. Master’s applicants must be eligible to enroll in a master’s program as of the date of application. This program does not cover doctoral degrees. All applications must be submitted by Nov. 30.  All attachments needed to prepare packages for the program are on the Education & Training Sharpoint site. A current degree plan and unofficial transcript must be submitted along with your application.  Incomplete application packages will not be accepted for consideration.  Submit your application and attachments via email to or in person to the Education and Training Office, 140 Methusa Ave. Bldg. 2453, Room 109.

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