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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

58th OSS packs 3,000 pounds for 1,000 foot fall

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

What the 58th Operations Support Squadron does to prepare a package for training airdrop is by no means simple. And, according to Master Sgt. Shaun Seredni of the 58th OSS, the Airmen who learn to rig these packages may never do anything like this again in their Air Force career.

Kirtland is one of only a handful of bases with the equipment and know-how for active- duty Airmen to put together a package for a training drop, he said. Putting together one of these packages is usually something the Army does, he explained, and, when packages are needed for training purposes, the work is often done by contractors.
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Kirtland Warrior: Staff Sgt. Matthew Champagne

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

Kirtland Warrior - March 2014

Name: Staff Sgt. Matthew Champagne

Squadron: 342nd Training Squadron, Detachment 1

Duty Title: Pararescueman

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Goals:  "My goal for this year in the Air Force is to make tech sergeant and to finish my rescue jumpmaster, recovery team leader and advanced parachute system upgrades. I would also like to advance my PME by attending additional AETC instructor upgrade training programs in San Antonio Texas. Finally, I would like achieve 100 percent student pass rate from my phase of training in the pararescue apprentice course."
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Honor Guardsman of the Month: Staff Sgt. Clifford Sistoso

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

HONOR GUARDSMAN OF THE MONTH -- February 2014

Name:
Staff Sgt. Clifford R. Sistoso

Unit: 58th Maintenance Squadron

Duty title: Repair and reclamation craftsman

Job description: Lead maintenance actions during ISO/HSC inspections of 13 HC-130N/P, MC-130H and HC/MC-130J aircraft worth $501 million. Remove, replace, adjust and functionally check landing gear, flight controls, cargo doors and engine controls.
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Kirtland chiefs selected for leadership roles

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

Two Kirtland chief master sergeants were selected to serve as command chiefs.

Chief David Kelch, 377th Security Forces Squadron manager, was selected to be command chief in the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

"My family and I are very excited for the opportunity to serve Airman in the capacity of command chief," Kelch said. "When I entered the Air Force, I never imagined having a great opportunity like this, and I can't think of a better place to go do it than Japan. I look forward to working with the Airmen over there."
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Former 150th Fighter Wing gets unit redesignation

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

In an official ceremony March 1, the New Mexico National Guard's 150th Fighter Wing was redesignated as the 150th Special Operations Wing.

"While this is a major change for the New Mexico Air National Guard, to go from a fighter wing to a special operations wing, it is one that is crucial to maintain ourselves as a ready and relevant Guard," said Col. Clark Highstrete, 150th SOW commander. "Through this redesignation, not only will our Guardsmen gain new opportunities and education, we will also be able to better support the state in case of natural or man-made disaster as well as the nation, should we be called upon to do so."
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Bulk fuels facility a cleaner, safer storage solution

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

Dramatic improvements have been made to the Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Storage area.

The $11.5 million system, completed in April 2011, has an extensive series of safeguards to protect against fuel leaks and track all the gas that enters or exits the facility, according to Charles Matthews-Huffman, the deputy senior logistics manager for the 377th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

"This is why we invest in infrastructure," he said. "The fuel-plume issue will never happen again."
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377th SFS to enforce no texting laws

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

New Mexico recently passed a law that makes texting while driving illegal all across the state, and the 377th Security Forces Squadron will be strictly enforcing the law.

"It should not be a big surprise on base, as there has been Department of Defense guidance in place for several years," said Monte Waters, 377th SFS crime prevention unit.

Waters said the most significant change on base is that civilians will receive a DD Form 1805 violation that will result in a fine as determined by Magistrate Court. Active duty personnel will still be issued a DD Form 1408.
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Kirtland to host Wellness Expo:Life Matters

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March 4, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland's helping agencies, known as Wingman Plus, is sponsoring a major Wellness Expo March 21 at the Youth Center.

About 70 tables will be set up to provide information on the various help available to individuals. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"We have a wealth of great agencies, resources and activities at Kirtland and in the local Albuquerque community, and we want to familiarize people on base about them," said Teresa Reinhard, community support coordinator. "We want to educate people about everything that is available that can help promote mental, social, physical and spiritual wellness."
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Kirtland officer receives Distinguished Flying Cross

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

Capt. R.J. Donaldson of the 58th Training Squadron received the Distinguished Flying Cross during a ceremony March 3 at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight."

"Captain Donaldson, in the face of the enemy, showed courage and bravery to do something that was extraordinary," said Col. Vincent Becklund, commander of the 58th Special Operations Wing, who presided at the ceremony.
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Kirtland Warrior: Airman 1st Class Maribeth Zwahr

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February 26, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland Warrior

Name: Airman 1st Class Maribeth Zwahr

Squadron: 58th Training Squadron

Duty Title: Squadron Personnel Programs Manager

Hometown: Thicket, Texas

Goals: Continue to progress in becoming great at my job. Complete as much higher education as possible.

Accomplishments: Put orders on and updated 123 decorations. Printed 25 retirement certificates. In-processed and updated 125 people, out processed 171 retirees/separates/PCSing members. Briefed the wing commander at staff meetings and wing warrior calls.
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Indoor pool to reopen in March

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February 26, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Those who have been waiting for the pool to reopen won't have to wait much longer. Kirtland's indoor pool, which has been closed since November, is scheduled to reopen March 17. 

"We're excited to reopen, the pool is looking good and we're starting our classes back up," said Kate Davis, pool manager.

Reopening the pool was only made possible by Air Force funds that were recently assigned to the program, she said. That money was used to hire lifeguards.

The new hours will be 6 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The outdoor pool is planned to open Memorial Day weekend.
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Sergeant heads eyeglasses recycling drive

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February 26, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Staff Sgt. Jarrett Sainz is leading an eyeglasses recycling drive, which is going on now through next week. All the eyeglasses collected will go to a local Lions Club, who provides no-cost prescription glasses to people in Third World countries.

Master Sgt. A. Todd Sauls, 377th Wing Staff Agencies first sergeant, said he is supportive of the eyeglass drive.

"As a prior optometry technician, I've seen this process at work first-hand," he said. "The joy on someone's face when they realize that they can now see things and details that they couldn't before is priceless."
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AFRL celebrates additional space research building

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

A new Air Force Research Laboratory building dedicated to space sensor research and development and space radiation effects was featured at a Kirtland ribbon cutting event Feb. 20 .

As part of a lab revitalization project at the laboratory, the Infrared Radiation Effects Laboratory began construction in 2013. The IRREL is a 5,600 square-foot space with one lab, hosts 15 employees and has the capability for performing and evaluating maturing radiation technology for space-based platforms.
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Changes to PCS entitlements on the horizon

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

There will soon be changes to Joint Federal Travel Regulations regarding permanent change of station entitlements and authorized and unauthorized professional gear.

Beginning with all PCS orders issued May 1, the following will be excluded from Professional Books Papers and Equipment:

a. Personal computer equipment and peripheral devices.

b. Memorabilia including awards, plaques or other objects presented for past performance (includes going away gifts).
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Safety Center civilian selected for prestigious leadership program

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

Mark Nunn, Air Force Risk Management Program manager and chief of the Air Force Safety Automated System Requirements Group at the Air Force Safety Center, was recently selected for the prestigious Air Force Civilian Strategic Leader Program and to attend Air War College in residence in July.

Nunn is one of only 12 civilians Air Force-wide selected for consideration for 70 critical leadership positions worldwide at the installation, headquarters, and joint levels via the CSLP.

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