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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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AFRL nanosat program gets projects into space

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

A program at Kirtland's Air Force Research Laboratory has engineering students design, build and launch satellites into space, all before they're even out of graduate school.

Through the University Nanosat Program, tomorrow's stars of aerospace -- along with their universities and AFRL -- test systems and compo And it is relatively cost-effective, according to Kyle Kemble, a contractor with ATA Aerospace working at AFRL, who oversees the UNP and says the emphasis of the program is on testing basic components and concepts before including them in operational satellites.
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Paws and Stripes connects vets with service dogs

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

A local nonprofit is working to help veterans find a four-legged friend and, with it, peace of mind. Paws and Stripes, based in Rio Rancho, was founded in 2010 by Lindsey and Jim Stanek.

Jim, an Army veteran, was sent home with PTSD during his third tour in Iraq. He discovered that he felt much better working with service dogs.

Participating troops are paired with puppies that they will raise for two years to serve as assistance dogs for other injured veterans.

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Community members unite at Hardin Park for Movie Under the Stars

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July 31, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Annual food drive underway at Kirtland

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has kicked off the sixth annual "Feds Feed Families" food drive campaign. 

Last year, more than 9 million pounds of food was collected, with the Department of Defense contributing more than 1.9 million pounds. This year's food drive runs through August.

To support the campaign, place non-perishable food items in the designated red bins around the installation. Collection bins are located at the following locations: commissary, Gibson Child Development Center, Youth Center, KUMMSC, Consolidated Support Facility, 377th Medical Group, AFIA, AFOTEC and the 58th Special Operations Wing.
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Weiner Mobile visits Kirtland Commissary

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July 29, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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58th SOW sergeant nets Sharp Troop Award

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July 28, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Two Sandia National Labs teams win R&D Magazine Awards

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July 28, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Two Kirtland-based Sandia National Laboratories teams were named winners of R&D Magazine's R&D 100 Awards.

One team won the award -- referred to within the research and development field as the "Oscars of invention" -- for creating a creditcard- sized device to detect anthrax bacteria.

Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, whose agency manages the lab, said in a Sandia press release that the winning teams are an example of the kind of discoveries that the lab contributes to the nation.
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New 58th SOW commander already familiar with Kirtland

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July 28, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

At the change of command ceremony, Col. Dagvin Anderson, the new 58th Special Operations Wing commander, said he is happy to be coming home.

Anderson was 58th Operations Group commander at Kirtland for two years, ending his stint in June 2013.

"To be back is pretty unusual, and it's pretty incredible," he said in an interview after the July 18 ceremony.

He's glad his daughters, Hala, 10, and Lilja, 7, will be able to reconnect with friends, he said.
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Kirtland’s BASH team works to keep airplanes safe from birds, wildfire

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

Anyone who has flown an aircraft or worked on a flight line can tell you that wildlife and aircraft don't mix. The Air Force Safety Center's Bird/ Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard program at Kirtland works to help alleviate interface between aircraft and animals at installations worldwide and maximize mission capability.

Wildlife biologist Dan Sullivan, who is acting chief of the three-member BASH team, says the project is working to reduce the risks posed by wildlife at airfields before potentially deadly mishaps can happen.
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Kirtland Warrior: Staff Sgt. Richard Ray

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

Name: Staff Sgt. Richard Ray

Unit: 58th Operations Support Squadron

Duty Title: Group Training Manager

Hometown: Carl Junction, Mo.

Goal: Complete bachelor's degree in education

Accomplishments: As the operations group training manager, Ray is instrumental in the educational development of Airmen across the 58th Special Operations Wing. Under his watch, 143 CDC enrollments garnered a 95 percent pass rate. He streamlined the 58th OSS training section by creating a digital database and devising a records review process that far exceeded higher headquarters standards. He is an integral part of the wing's overall deployment readiness. His selfless contributions to the community are ever-present throughout his continued work with Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life, and the March of Dimes.
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Air Force Research Laboratory satellite set for launch

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

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space satellite is scheduled for launch July 23 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The launch is scheduled to take place between 5 and 6:10 p.m. A live webcast of the launch is available at http://www.ulalaunch.com

AFRL's Space Vehicles Directorate, one of nine AFRL research laboratories, manages the ANGELS program as part of its research in advanced Space Situational Awareness (SSA). ANGELS will examine techniques for providing a clearer picture of the environment around our nation's vital space assets. The satellite features a sensor that can evaluate techniques for detection, tracking and characterizing of space objects while in orbit. The AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate is located at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
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Kirtland to host Citizen Advisory Board meeting

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

Kirtland Air Force Base will hold a press conference, the quarterly Citizen Advisory Board meeting and info fair at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7507 Kathryn SE, July 22. 

Schedule of events:

3:30 p.m. -- Press Conference
4:30 p.m. -- Info Fair
5:30 p.m. -- Citizen Advisory Board

The presentation will provide an update on the bulk fuels facility spill, including the status of work to characterize and clean up soil and groundwater contamination. The Citizen Advisory Board and info fair are both open to the public.
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U.S. senator visits Kirtland’s bulk fuels facility

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


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CAP launches ballooning program

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

The New Mexico wing of the Civil Air Patrol trained for its new hot-air balloon program on Sunday at Balloon Fiesta Park in the North Valley.

CAP recently received a charter for the training, making the local CAP wing one of the only groups nationwide that trains for ballooning. At around 7 a.m. that day, three CAP members enjoyed the fruits of their labor as the balloon they helped to launch slowly climbed up and away from them.

Ian Zlotkin, a crew chief for The Balloon Flight School, prepared the group of young people to transition to a chase crew. He pointed out that there were a lot of other balloons in the sky that day and asked the CAP members an important question.
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On-base training aimed at new dads

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

How do I change diapers? How do I hold a baby? And what does a baby eat, anyway?

These are questions first-time, expectant Air Force fathers might have ahead of their baby's estimated landing date.

With that in mind, "Dads 101" classes will be held July 24, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at Kirtland's education center. The class is meant to address those basic yet important subjects.

Chrisan Smith, Kirtland's family advocacy outreach program manager, says that the program covers a wide variety of subjects including changing diapers, bathing, installing a car seat and more.
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