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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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Kirtland’s veterinary clinic: the cat is out of the bag

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

Most real estate agents will gladly repeat the saying about the three most important things about buying or selling a house being location, location and location. The same, apparently, is true for the difficult-to-locate Kirtland Veterinary Treatment Facility.

Airman 1st Class Alex Greenawalt -- who recently adopted Lewbowski, a mixed-breed dog -- managed to find the treatment facility without issue. He said he was glad he took his new pup there for a health and wellness exam.

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Flight simulators not just used to train pilots anymore

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November 24, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Airmen at Kirtland are being put in the back of a CV-22 Osprey and thrown into dire situations.

Engine fires, patients with traumatic wounds and battle damage to the aircraft are created at the press of a button, yet the hardware is undamaged and no one is hurt.

That's thanks to the Cabin Operational Flight Trainer, or COFT, a training device is built into the body of a retired CV-22 tilt-rotor aircraft. It uses a combination of physical training devices, such as medical dummies, and virtual reality.
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AFMC commander visits Kirtland

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November 21, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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58th Special Operations Wing called in on difficult Pagosa Springs recovery effort

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November 20, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland's 58th Special Operations Wing took part in a search and recovery operation to locate an aircraft missing near Pagosa Springs, Colo. since Sunday.

The effort concluded Wednesday with the discovery of the crash site and the extraction of the remains of two Albuquerque residents who perished in the crash.

While the effort had a tragic outcome, aircrews from the 58th were honored that they were able to play a key role in bringing the search to a conclusion, according to commander Col. Dagvin Anderson.
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FSS offers hassle free Thanksgiving meal

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November 19, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

A wonderful opportunity to enjoy a stress free Thanksgiving is right at our fingertips. The Mountain View Club this year will provide a holiday meal for purchase the day of Thanksgiving.

"We know many families would like to have a delicious and home cooked meal but might not necessarily have the time or means to do so," said Denis Hansard, Services flight chief. "We've take all of the leg work out having a beautifully prepared meal. Now people can spend more time with their families and less time in the kitchen."
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Kirtland’s 58 SOW joins search for aircraft missing near Pagosa Springs, Colo.

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November 19, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland's 58th Special Operations Wing is taking part in a search and rescue operation to locate an aircraft missing near Pagosa Springs, Colo., since Sunday.  In response to a request to augment an ongoing civil search and rescue operation from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, Fla., the 58 SOW committed an HC-130P Combat King rescue aircraft to the search Tuesday, and an HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopter was actively taking part in the mission at the time of this release.  Another HC-130P is expected to join the operation today.
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Great American Smoke Out: Exhale for good

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November 18, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Great American Smoke Out, which takes place Nov. 20, is an annual event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit smoking for at least 24 hours, but preferably for good. Quitting for even a day can be a smoker's first step towards a healthier and longer life. Being tobacco-free is of great value, physically and financially.

According to Department of Defense estimates, the medical cost of tobacco use in the United States is $1.6 billion yearly. It also causes cancer, strokes, heart and lung disease and can cause reduced endurance, decreased night vision, hearing loss, wounds heal more slowly, increased post-operative complications and smokers emit a strong foul odor.
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Great American Smoke Out: Exhale for good

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November 18, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Great American Smoke Out, which takes place Nov. 20, is an annual event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit smoking for at least 24 hours, but preferably for good. Quitting for even a day can be a smoker's first step towards a healthier and longer life. Being tobacco-free is of great value, physically and financially.

According to Department of Defense estimates, the medical cost of tobacco use in the United States is $1.6 billion yearly. It also causes cancer, strokes, heart and lung disease and can cause reduced endurance, decreased night vision, hearing loss, wounds heal more slowly, increased post-operative complications and smokers emit a strong foul odor.
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KAFB to install speed humps

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November 17, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Construction of speed humps at Kirtland's entry points is tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday. These will serve as a traffic-calming measure, according to Maj. William Smith, commander of the 377th Security Forces Squadron.

"If you look at some of the gates, like Eubank, Gibson or Wyoming, those are straight shots onto the installation," Smith said. "You're going from 40 miles per hour down to 15 in a matter of seconds."

Security forces often deal with people who are unfamiliar with the base and the speed limit at the gates, as well as people who simply ignore the speed limit.
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Getting back into the spirit can lead to health

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

Given the pressures put upon those in uniform, as well as stress on their families, Airman wellness is a vital part of the overall health of the Air Force.

That's one reason that, during the Wingman Day activities last week, spiritual resilience courses were held at Kirtland. The class gave Airmen information about the four pillars of wellness in the Air Force: mental, social, physical and spiritual.

Teresa Reinhard, community support coordinator at Kirtland and certified master resilience trainer, said the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood Army Base, Texas, were a catalyst for the Department of Defense to begin developing courses like the ones she teaches.
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Command chief set to retire after 30 years of service

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

Kirtland will say goodbye to its respected command chief Friday.

Chief Master Sgt. John Dougherty, command chief master sergeant for the 377th Air Base Wing and Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, is retiring after nearly 30 years of service, including two and a half years at Kirtland.

"The men and women of this base are incredible," Dougherty said, choking up as he recalled his time serving Kirtland's Airmen and their families. "I don't mean to get emotional, but Patty (his wife) and I want to thank Team Kirtland for making us feel so welcome and letting us be a part of their lives."
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New wells augment Kirtland fuel leak data

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

The Air Force is continuing investigation of the Kirtland Air Force Base bulk fuels facility fuel leak by installing new groundwater monitoring wells in the Siesta Hills, Elder Homestead and Trumbull Village neighborhoods.

Construction is set to begin the week of Nov. 17 and should continue through December. Contractors will install five clusters of three wells each consisting of one shallow, one intermediate, and one deep well. Additionally, a single deep probe well will be installed to determine the depth of a plume of ethylene dibromide, or EDB, associated with the leak.
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Commentary: Learn from my mistake, don’t drink and drive.

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

I try to look sharp with a nice haircut and a well-fitting uniform when I step to the lectern to make remarks. It could be about anything; get your flu shot, donate to Combined Federal Campaign, but this is a "don't drink and drive" message.

The holidays are approaching, but this isn't the same old first sergeant or senior non-commissioned officer safety briefing. I'm a young Airman, holding up an Airman's Battle Uniform with Senior Airman stripes. This had been my uniform. Those had been my stripes. Now standing before this audience, this A1C explains how I did the unthinkable and got behind the wheel of a car drunk.
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Blast off: Rockets help kids get fired up about science

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

Northwest Rio Rancho became "Cape Canaveral West" for more than 300 middle school students from around the state as they launched model rockets.

The launches -- about two-dozen conducted Oct. 28 -- were part of the annual Air Force Research Laboratory La Luz Academy's rocket project.

The 6-foot-tall rockets went from 1,500 to 2,000 feet above a landscape laden with cholla and prairiedog holes. They were shot off from the Albuquerque Rocket Society's remote launch site on 45th Avenue, between 8th and 9th streets -- about five miles northwest of the cattle guard on the west end of King Boulevard.
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Commentary: What leaders need to know about Warrior Care

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

It shouldn't be so hard to ask for help, but it is. 

When asked, many wounded, ill, and injured military members will admit to ignoring the consequences of an injury or illness, especially those who have experienced post-traumatic stress or a brain injury.  It's hard to ask for help when you are accustomed to being a strong, independent, take-charge kind of person.

Leaders and supervisors who speak openly and often of the benefits of getting support and assistance can and do make a difference in the lives of Airmen, regardless of the issues or concerns. Leaders who talk of their own struggles and willingness to seek help make the most impact. Leaders are at the front line of warrior care.
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