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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 Air Force Base News

Kirtland begins work on spill treatment method

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June 12, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland is in the process of testing a new fuel spill cleanup measure as a part its ongoing remediation efforts.

This method, known as "air sparging," is a process that introduces air to the groundwater to assist in removal of fuel contaminants.

Its installation and location is being done at the direction of the New Mexico Environment Department, which oversees the cleanup.

A pilot well is being drilled on Veterans Administration hospital property south of Ridgecrest Drive near the base. The results from the test method used there will
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Extraction of fuel vapor to expand

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June 12, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland is making changes to its soil vapor extraction system to increase the area from which it is drawing fuel vapor.

The base will install four additional soil vapor extraction wells, which are specifically designed to remove fuel-laden vapor from the area of the fuel spill on the base.
With this expansion, the total number of SVE wells will increase from five to nine.

Kirtland is also looking at installing an enhanced soil vapor extraction unit, which can handle the additional wells as part of this expansion. Like the existing unit it
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AFRL officer bound for Harvard

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June 11, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

1st Lt. Curtis Christensen, who works at the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed  Energy Directorate's Satellite Assessment Center, was recently accepted to Harvard Business School to pursue a master of business administration degree starting this fall.

The United States Air Force Academy is sponsoring Christensen's degree as part of its Faculty Pipeline program. After earning his MBA, he will return to the academy to teach cadets economics and finance. He is expected to be a role-model officer for future air and space leaders.
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Picnic celebration

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June 9, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Congratulations to Kirtland’s master sergeant selects

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May 27, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Congratulations to Kirtland's master sergeant selects:

Craig Arbogast
Andrew Barger
Philip Bartles
Shellie Benjamin
Jonathan Bernius
Belia Burnett
Warren Campbell
Jerry Chandler
Eric Clark
David Coker
Christopher Covey
Christopher Crain
Ryan Decker
John Degnaro
James Denny
Jeremy Diola
Salvador Felix
Michael Free
Jonathan Friscia
Luis German
David Gonzalez
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AFNWC officers to compete in international swimming competition

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May 27, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

A Team Kirtland officer and former member of the Air Force Academy swim team will soon dive into competition again, representing both the Air Force and Kirtland in the 2014 Allied Air Component Command Headquarters swimming championships.

2nd Lt. Haley Holcombe, a developmental engineer in the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, was one of six female Airmen picked to participate in the swimming competition June 25-27 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany.

"I'm really excited," she said. "I was pretty hopeful that I'd be selected, but I knew it would be competitive."
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CSAF, CMSAF visit Kirtland

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May 27, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recently spent several days at Kirtland touring facilities and meeting with Airmen.

"We are here for one primary reason, and that's to say 'thank you,'" he said at one of his all calls. "Thank you for everything you do for our Air Force, for our nation, for each other. You need to know how great we think you are."

The general and the chief were here, along with their spouses and several other senior leaders. They got tours and demonstrations of some of Kirtland's missions and capabilities, including security forces, the 58th Special Operations Wing's "Monster Garage," and the nuclear enterprise.
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Kirtland’s EO office wins award for ADR program

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May 27, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The 377th Air Base Wing's Equal Opportunity Office received the 2013 Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the Year award for small organizations.

"It's a good feeling to be recognized for all our hard work," said Ofelia Mejiaortega, EO specialist who manages the ADR program at Kirtland.

Mejiaortega said the success of the program is due to positive outreach and good working relationships between leaders and supervisors, as well as a strong commitment to the program from the mediators.
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Kirtland helps prevent spread of bats’ white-nose syndrome

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May 23, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Kirtland Natural Resource office is taking steps to protect bats against whitenose syndrome.

White-nose syndrome is named after a fungal growth that occurs on the bats' snouts. The fungus was first found in 2006 in a cave in New York and has spread as far south as Alabama and as far west as Missouri. The disease has caused more than 5.5 million bat deaths according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website, www.fws.org.

"The fungus grows on the nose and occurs more in hibernation when bats aren't constantly moving and cleaning themselves. The fungus causes them to wake up, fly out of the cave and die from starvation or the cold," said Dustin Akins, natural resource specialist. "This is detrimental to bats because they typically only give birth once a year to one offspring, so they can't come back as easy from a decline in population."
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Inspection Ready

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

The 377th Air Base Wing has a significant opportunity in front of it with the Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection team arriving next week. The team will consist of more than 160 members who will evaluate hundreds of processes, programs and operations to validate that we perform the mission in a safe, secure and effective manner.

As a team, we are ready. With only days until the inspection begins, you may be asking yourself, "What do I do individually to prepare?"

The answer may surprise you: nothing different than what you do every day. The precision, skill and professionalism you show every day is something that will be evident to the inspectors and isn't something you need to cram for at the last minute. Nuclear surety is about getting our number one priority right and getting it right every single day.
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Kirtland hosts ROTC commissioning for 12 new lieutenants

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


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Security team protects Kirtland’s nuclear enterprise

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May 15, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Kirtland sergeant receives Bronze Star, Purple Heart medals

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May 13, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

A Kirtland warrior received two military medals after surviving a car bombing while deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan.

"I never thought I'd receive a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal," said Tech. Sgt. Austin Hardin, a paralegal in the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Legal Office. "Although I wish I hadn't had the experience, I'm honored to be recognized."

Hardin's awards came because of an attack that took place Oct. 18, 2013. He was driving the second of a two-car convoy when the lead car took a direct hit from a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
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Kirtland spouse nets AFMC Key Spouse of the Year Award

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May 12, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

A Team Kirtland member was selected as the Air Force Materiel Command Key Spouse of the Year.

Beth Moran, wife of Master Sgt. Andy Moran of the 377th Security Forces Squadron, was selected for her efforts with the Kirtland Key Spouse Program. She said she is honored to receive the award, but shares credit with others team members.

"Everything I've done was done with the help of others," she said. "I didn't accomplish anything solely on my own. It was with the help of the command, unit leadership and other key spouses that has made the Key Spouse Program here successful."
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Summer STEM camp for students from Kirtland families

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May 12, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Air Force Research Laboratory La Luz Academy is accepting applications for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, camp for students from Kirtland families.

Students who will be going into 5th or 6th grade in the 2014-15 school year, will spend the week exploring hands-on activities in physics, chemistry, technology, engineering, mathematics operations and applications, and other STEM careers.

Camp will be in session from June 2-6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the AFRL La Luz Academy in Building 1900 inside the Maxwell gate.
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