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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

Base Chapel hosts Holocaust remembrance ceremony

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May 1, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Approximately 100 Team Kirtland members congregated April 30 at the Base Chapel for the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony.

Following a presentation of the colors by the Kirtland Honor Guard, singing of the National Anthem, and an invocation by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Thomas Elbert, three members of the Jewish community spoke to the assembled audience.

Madeline Cunnings, a senior at Bosque School, spoke about her recent trip to Poland for participation in the Model International Criminal Court mock trials, a simulation of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She talked about how taking part in the event added to her understanding of the Holocaust and its lasting effects.
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Young Marines learn about camouflage, first aid

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May 1, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Fifteen young Marines got to see something special demonstrated at Kirtland Air Force Base on Saturday.

Or, to be more precise, it's what they couldn't see that amazed them.

In an undeveloped area in the southern part of the base, a Marine from the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion's Delta Company, part of the Marine Forces Reserve, demonstrated his ability to hide as part of a presentation for the Enchanted Hills Young Marines out of Rio Rancho.

The Young Marines -- a group of 14 boys and a girl, ranging in age from 8 to 15 -- were on a weekend trip at Kirtland. For the demonstration, a member of the reconnaissance battalion (he said he preferred his name not be used) donned a ghillie suit -- an elaborate piece of camouflage clothing -- and disappeared into a patch of sagebrush and piñon trees at the foot of the Manzano Mountains.
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More than 1,000 New Mexico fifth graders to simulate trip to Mars

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April 30, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

More than 1,000 fifth grade students from 40 New Mexico schools will come together May 2 at the Albuquerque Convention Center to simulate going on a manned mission to Mars.

Mars Link-Up Day is the culminating event of the Air Force Research Laboratory La Luz Academy's Mars Missions Flight, a science, technology, engineering, and math  education outreach program for fifth grade students.

During the school year, students spend weeks studying the planet Mars. They created life support system models, mission patches and uniforms and completed other STEM-related tasks preparing for the mission.
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Tour of Shiva Star sends powerful message

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

A group of high school students from Bosque School learned about a couple of big projects at Air Force Research Laboratory on April 11, and saw one of the more destructive machines Air Force scientists get to use.

Chris Erickson, an AFRL scientist, said the tour was part of a program that shows students what is available to those with science, technology, engineering and math backgrounds.

Erickson is an AFRL mentor who works with a group of students from the school. He said tours like these reach students at an important time and the presentation gave a well-rounded view of both the AFRL Space Vehicles and Directed Energy directorates.
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Natural Resources office studies Kirtland’s cougar population

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

Kirtland's Natural Resource office is in its third year studying the cougar population on base. Lead by a group from Furman University in South Carolina, the study is designed to take a look at cougar habitat and behavior.

"It's one of our projects where we aren't concerned about the cougars going extinct, but like to manage them and see what we can learn," said Dustin Akins, natural resource specialist.

Part of the study involves capturing cougars using a snare trap, fitting them with a collar and releasing them so the animal can be traced. The collar sends data every two hours over a 12-hour period. It then shuts down for several hours before it begins another 12-hour cycle. It has enough power to run for 70 weeks.
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Military Spouse Appreciation events planned for May

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

Kirtland's Airman & Family Readiness Center is hosting several events to show appreciation to military spouses.

· May 7, from 9 a.m. to noon,  there will be an exhibition and information fair and bingo with prizes at the Youth Center. Refreshment will be served.

· May 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., there will be a golf demonstration at the Tijeras Arroyo Golf Course.

· May 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., there will be a fitness walk around Marquez  Park, a Zumba demonstration and fish broil with a wine and beer tasting.
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Base to host May events to celebrate Asian Pacific heritage month

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

May is Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month - a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. 

During this month, Kirtland will host several different events to educate Team Kirtland populace about the culture and history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders:

May 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the commissary will host the food tasting as the first event of the month. There will be Asian-Pacific cuisines prepared for sampling, as well as music and entertainment.
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Honor Guardsman of the Month: Airman 1st Class Kyle Custard

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

Name: Airman 1st Class Kyle Custard

Unit: 377th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Duty title: Vehicle Operator

Job description: Operating wreckers, tractor trailers, fork lifts, buses and servicing vehicles; overseeing loading and unloading of cargo.

Hometown: Saegertown, Pa.

Career goals: Serve at least 20 years Active Duty and be an influential leader.
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Kirtland to observe National Police Week in May

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April 22, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

National Police Week 2014 is May 11-17.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as "National Peace Officers Memorial Day," and the calendar week in which May 15 falls as "National Police Week." Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, D.C., to participate in a number of planned events to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
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Kirtland operations officer presented the Bronze Star Medal

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

A Kirtland officer received the Bronze Star Medal in a ceremony at the base theater April 16.

Capt. George Hern, operations officer in the 377th Weapon Systems Security Squadron, was recognized for his counterinsurgency efforts while deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, from December 2012 to June 2013.

Hern said much of his success was due to his efforts in building relationships of trust with members of communities near the base. He said he implemented a unique outside-the-wire patrolling mission that employed community vigilance and joint patrols with Afghan National Police officers.
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Base’s Motorcycle Safety Day set for April 25

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

The 58th Special Operations Wing is hosting its annual spring Motorcycle Safety Day April 25 in the old Zia housing area.

The event begins at 8 a.m., with various activities scheduled throughout the day. Motorcycle riders with approved Motorcycle Safety Foundation certification will participate in MSF exercises such as cornering, quick stops, space maneuvers and swerve drills. Qualified MSF instructors will be on hand to guide riders and offer instruction and information.
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Outdoor Recreation gears up for camping

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April 16, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

It's warming up, and that makes it the perfect time to go camping, and Kirtland's Outdoor Recreation has everything needed for a trip.

Outdoor Recreation offers camping equipment to rent, like backpacks, cooking gear and fishing equipment.

"We recently got a lot of new camping gear like tents, sleeping bags and Scamp travel trailers," said Joni VanMeir, Outdoor Recreation director. "We also have peddle boats that we got last year that are really great to use for fun or to go fishing."
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Eagles take down Chiefs in volleyball challenge

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April 16, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Team Kirtland job fair scheduled for April 16

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

The Team Kirtland job fair provides a chance to find work or start a new career with a variety of employers.

This will be the first of two job fairs hosted annually by the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

"The fair will have tons of opportunities with various local and national employers," said Renee Lipscomb, job fair organizer.

Employers will include the Albuquerque Police Department, U.S. Forest Service, New Mexico Workforce Connections, Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico.
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Natural Resource office studies base snake population

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

Kirtland's Natural Resource office has been conducting surveys on the base's desert massasauga population.

Live traps are used to capture the snakes, which are fitted with radio transmitters or tagged with Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags. They are then released and the office uses the transponders and tags to gather data on the snakes' reproduction rates, range, lifespan and more.

"As part of the base's natural resource plan, we collect data on animals on base to see what we can and can't do on base. It depends on the population of an animal and if what we want to do on base will have any effect on it," said Dustin Akins, natural resource specialist. "The more data we have, the better we can represent the species population found on base."
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