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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

2014 FEHB open season ends Dec. 9

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December 3, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program continues through Dec. 9.

The average premium rate for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Office of Personnel Management officials. That percentage is only slightly higher than last year's 3.4 percent increase, and less than the 2013 national average increase. The average premium increase for the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program will be less than 1 percent for dental coverage and average premiums for vision benefits will decrease by 1.3 percent.
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Six Team Kirtland officers receive promotions

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December 3, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Six Team Kirtland officers were named in the recent board that selected members of the medical corps, dental corps, biomedical science corps and medical service corps for promotion.

Colonel selects:

Kevin McCal - Air Force Inspection Agency

Paul Willingham - Air Force Inspection Agency

Lieutenant colonel selects:

Joanna Rentes - Air Force Inspection Agency

Matthew Wolf - 342nd Training Squadron
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Senior leaders serve Thanksgiving dinner at Kirtland Dining Facility

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December 2, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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2013 Cookie Drive seeks donations

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December 2, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Being away from home during the holiday season is one of the harder things our young Airmen experience during their first years in the Air Force, and Team Kirtland is hoping to ensure they know they are cared for through the annual Team Kirtland Airman Cookie Drive.

This year's cookie drive aims to give almost 6,600 cookies to more than 525 Airmen living in the base dormitories. While the drive is sponorsored by the Kirtland's Spouses Club, the club is not the sole source for baked goods.
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Gate closures for Thanksgiving holiday

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November 26, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

In celebration of Thanksgiving, base gates will operate on the following holiday schedule Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29:

Eubank Gate: 5 a.m. to midnight

Gibson Gate: Open 24 hours

Maxwell: Open 24 hours

Truman Gate: Open 24 hours

Wyoming Gate: Closed

Carlisle Gate: Closed

Kirtland Contractor Gate: Closed

South Valley Gate: Closed

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Tax center seeks volunteers

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November 25, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Providing a place for service members to get help in filing taxes is a major base initiative, but it cannot operate without the help of volunteers.

The Kirtland Income Tax Center, which provides tax filing services to eligible service members, will open Feb. 3. However, many of the volunteers from last year moved or were reassigned, so the need for additional volunteers has increased.

"The tax center is run completely by volunteers," said Capt. Ashley Norman of the Legal Office, who is organizing volunteers. "That's why the volunteers mean so much, because it wouldn't function without them."
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Base’s top organizations show appreciation to Kirtland Honor Guard

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November 25, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

On Veterans Day weekend, while much of the base was enjoying time off from work, members of the Kirtland Honor Guard were representing the base across the state of New Mexico at various events.

"We had numerous details on Veteran's Day weekend and our Airmen were eager to serve," said Master Sgt. Nathan Johnson, honor guard superintendent. "The Honor Guard Airmen never complain or resist this job, and are some of Kirtland's unsung heroes."

In an effort to show appreciation for their efforts and thank them for their professionalism in representing the base, the First Sergeants Group, Rising Six, Top Three and Chiefs Group are providing a quarterly meal to the honor guard members.
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Pararescue trainees treated to Thanksgiving feast

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November 22, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

What started out 10 years ago with a pot of chili for a few Airmen has turned into an annual Thanksgiving feast for more than 100 pararescue trainees from the 342nd Training Squadron, Detachment 1.

The event is put on by members of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Contracting Division.

"We just wanted to do something nice for our troops," said John Webb, chief organizer.

Webb said that 10 years ago he gave some Airmen leftover chili from a potluck. He noticed how appreciative they were and the seeds were planted to do something regularly and on a grander scale. He's been organizing a big dinner every year since.
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Kids at Youth Center celebrate Native American Heritage Month

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November 21, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Commentary: Leadership – Knowing your people

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November 21, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Leaders at all levels, from front-line supervisors to commanders over multiple units, have the colossal responsibility to not only develop their Airmen into an efficient fighting force to advance the Air Force's mission, but also to protect and enhance their Airman's welfare. In order for a leader to enhance their Airmen's welfare, they must have a good understanding of what makes their Airmen tick.

There are two basic benefits supervisors receive by getting to know their Airmen. The first is building the communication trust between the leader and the Airmen. If a leader takes the time to ask the easy questions, when it is time to ask the tough question, a relationship of trust and rapport has already been established.
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Small satellites on a big mission: Air Force launches high-tech NanoSats

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November 20, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

In its 60 year history, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center has successfully launched some of the largest and most sophisticated satellites ever created. On Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 8:15 p.m. EST, SMC charted a new trajectory by launching two small satellites into orbit from Wallops Island, Va., on the ORS-3 Enabler mission. The Space Environmental NanoSatellite Experiment, SENSE, was led by SMC's Development Planning Directorate.

In an era of limited fiscal resources, the SENSE mission is SMC's latest demonstration of its commitment to delivering affordable and resilient space capabilities for the United States military. Sponsored by the SMC Defense Weather Systems Directorate, the SENSE mission will collect data for characterizing Earth's upper atmosphere. The two SENSE satellites were developed by a small team of engineers at Boeing Phantom Works in Huntington Beach, Calif. The satellites were designed to conform with the CalPoly CubeSat Design Specification, en
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Nine new chiefs honored at induction ceremony

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November 20, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Attention Airmen: Air Force holds sexual assault offenders accountable, posts convictions online

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November 19, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

It is important to know that the Air Force now publishes sexual assault convictions online. I encourage everyone to go to http://www.afjag.af.mil/sexualassaultprosecution/index.asp and review, sorted by base, more than 100 Air Force sexual assault convictions over the last three years.

After reviewing the facts, you'll see many similarities among the cases: 1) the use of alcohol, 2) the absence of personal respect for the victim, and 3) the absence of the victims' consent. You will also see that Airmen who are convicted of sexual assault can be held accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice by military judges and court-martial panels, with punishments that often include jail time, rank reductions, and punitive discharges.
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Great American Smokeout set for Nov. 21

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November 18, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to quit and stay quit.

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event that encourages smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on that day in an effort to stop permanently. The 38th annual Great American Smokeout will be Nov. 21.
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ANG recruiter visit

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November 15, 2013 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Master Sgt. Sylvia Kirchner, the in-service recruiter for the Air National Guard, will visit Kirtland AFB from Nov. 18-22 to present a series of briefings on the Air National Guard and the Palace Chase/Front programs for active-duty Airmen interested in transitioning to the ANG. For more information, email sylvia.kirchner.1@us.af.mil, call DSN 574-9995 or commercial 757-764-9995, or visit www.facebook.com/ANGISRJBLangleyEustisVA?ref=hl.
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