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Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, is in southeast Albuquerque, nestled between the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges. It is home to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center and its subordinate wings, the 498th Nuclear Systems Wing and the 377th Air Base Wing.

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Balloonists bring joy, wonder to children on base

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October 14, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

No one avoided talking about the giant, pink elephant at Hardin Field. In fact, it was the only thing the children from the Child Development Center on Gibson wanted to discuss.

Nelly-B, a special shape balloon, and its crew were on base Friday morning. Paige Stubbs, the assistant director for the Gibson CDC and volunteer member of the balloon crew, said it's a lot of work to get the balloon on base and inflated, but it's very rewarding.

"A lot of children don't get to go to Balloon Fiesta," she said. "This at least gets them up close and personal."
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Safeguard Your Electronic Footprint

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October 10, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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USAFA men’s choir to perform at Kirtland chapel

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October 8, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Flu vaccine now available at the 377th Medical Group

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October 8, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The flu vaccine is now available, in shot or mist form, at the 377th Medical Group for active duty and TRICARE eligible beneficiaries.

Receiving a flu shot (or mist) is the best way to protect yourself and your family members from the influenza virus during the upcoming flu season.  Influenza is responsible for approximately 200,000 hospitalizations and an average of 36,000 deaths annually.  For more information on the flu or the vaccine, go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu.
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Sandia team shows off work in solar power

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October 8, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Sandia National Laboratories recently gave a glimpse of future uses of solar power.

Vipin Gupta, co-lead of Sandia's Materials, Devices and Energy Technologies division, recently spoke at TEDx ABQ, the local incarnation of TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks. The presentations -- which are delivered by experts from a variety of fields are designed to be short, entertaining and inspiring.

Gupta's team works in the area of microsystems-enabled photovoltaics. Simply put, the team works to make it possible for solar cells to be manufactured smaller, more cheaply and more efficiently. They also look for new applications for solar technology and with easier integration into existing power systems. For him and his team, the importance of the project is obvious.
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Nuclear Science Week to be celebrated at museum

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October 8, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, located just past Kirtland's Eubank gate, will be a center of activity for a national commemoration of nuclear science later this month.

Nuclear Science Week, being held for the fifth year at sites across the country, had its start at the local Smithsonian-affiliated museum in 2009.

"We consulted with (the Smithsonian's) nuclear industry partners, discussing the need for generating communication and public awareness centered on the achievements of nuclear science," said Jennifer Hayden, the museum's director of marketing and public relations. "Through these discussions, the idea of hosting a week that celebrated the field of nuclear science materialized."
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CFC continues to raise money for charities

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October 7, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Golf outing spotlights community outreach program

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October 6, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Pararescue rodeo gets back to basics

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October 3, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The term "rodeo" is typically associated with cattle and cowboys. Unless you're in the Air Force.

In the Air Force world, "rodeo" means a competition that tests skill-sets between similar career fields. Unless you're a pararescuemen.

In the pararescue community, the term "rodeo" means jump out of planes, fine-tune skill sets and beat the other teams. Although for the 2014 Guardian Angel Rodeo, this was not entirely the case.

Thirty-four pararescumen from active duty, guard and Reserve participated in the competition hosted by the pararescue schoolhouse, Detachment 1, 342nd Training Squadron, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, Sept. 22-27.
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Members of legendary squadron visit Kirtland

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October 3, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The 339th Fighter Squadron Association -- made up of retired members of a legendary Air Force squadron -- visited Kirtland Sept. 24 as part of its 33rd reunion at a hangar near the 58th Special Operations Wing Headquarters at Kirtland.

The reunion, which was Sept. 23 to 25, included an up-close introduction to the 58th SOW's helicopters and an opportunity to talk with the wing's vice commander, Col. Stephen Andreasen.

The 339th had its start in World War II, and members of the squadron who served then and during the Korean and Vietnam wars, toured aircraft of Kirtland's 58th Special Operations Wing, said Tech. Sgt. Sean Costello.
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Kirtland to host women’s wellness fair Oct. 24

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October 3, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

You'll be seeing pink this month, as October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Throughout the month, individuals wear pink items and brands release pink products as a way to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer, the second most common kind of cancer in women.

"About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point," said Tech. Sgt. Korrine Kargl, maternal child health flight chief. "The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early."
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Energy Action Month spotlights Airmen impacting operations

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October 2, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

October is Energy Action Month throughout the federal government. In the Air Force, Energy Action Month is the centerpiece of the "I am Air Force Energy" campaign to educate Airmen on ways they can maximize their energy efficiency and mission effectiveness.

The Air Force launched its month-long series of educational opportunities and activities with a letter to all Airmen from Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody. The leaders wrote, "Energy is a fundamental component of all Air Force operations. The smart use of energy means flying our aircraft farther, transporting more cargo and accomplishing our mission in a more efficient and effective way."
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Local Navy League council reaches out to Kirtland

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September 25, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Getting Kirtland Airmen interested in joining the New Mexico Council of the Navy League of the United States might sound like a tall order.

But given that the chapter successfully put together a grassroots effort to convince the Navy to name a ship for its state, overcoming the differences between military branches doesn't look like too big of a task.

The chapter -- which successfully lobbied the Secretary of the Navy to name a new Virginia-class submarine the USS New Mexico a few years ago -- is reaching out to Airmen as part of its mission to support and honor active-duty service members of all branches while educating the public as to the national importance of sea power.
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Kirtland celebrates POW MIA Recognition Day with ceremony

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September 25, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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AFMC promotes Strengthening Relationships campaign

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September 25, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

During the month of October, Air Force Materiel Command will promote the Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships campaign.  Healthy and caring relationships with family, friends, and significant others can give our lives immeasurable joy and meaning.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, qualities of a healthy relationship include:

  .  Strong two-way communication
  .  Commitment
  .  Trust and support
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