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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 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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AFNWC commander receives La Estrella award

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

Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center commander, was recognized with the Young Women's Christian Association's "La Estrella" award at a banquet April 10.

The YWCA annual "Women on the Move" awards recognize extraordinary women who are making significant contributions to their community. Recipients have distinguished themselves through their chosen fields and through their community leadership.

The award recipient is the woman on the move who has reached extraordinary heights in her personal and professional life and leads change for women and their communities, according to Amy Whitfield, president and CEO of YWCA New Mexico.
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Medical screening needed for relocating Airmen, families

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

Airmen and their family members preparing to move overseas, or those going to new stateside assignments who have dependents with special needs, should be aware of some pre-move requirements.

Prior to a permanent change of station, Airmen should complete the medical screener -- AF Form 4380 - to let the 377th Medical Group know if a medical clearance is needed. Outbound Assignments will coordinate with the 377th Medical Group's Exceptional Family Member Program office to ensure the appropriate clearances actions are completed.
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Kirtland officials submit fuel plume report

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April 10, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland has taken a major step toward implementing corrective measures to deal with the fuel plume.

On March 31, Kirtland submitted to the New Mexico Environment Department its Resource Conservation and Recovery Act facility investigation report, or RFI, on the groundwater and the vadose zone (the soil above the groundwater).

The reports fulfill RCRA's strictly defined permit requirements and describe the nature and extent of what are called contaminants of concern, or COCs. When the time comes to remediate the spill, the reports will help inform Kirtland's plan.
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Kirtland Warrior: Tech. Sgt. Sarah Riley

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

Kirtland Warrior

Name: Tech. Sgt. Sarah Riley

Squadron: 342nd Training Squadron Detachment 1

Duty Title: NCOIC, Medical Logistics

Hometown: Henderson, Nev.

Goals: Earn a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration, and make it through tax season.

Accomplishments:
- Validated 3 Critical contracts secured $1M in education and training aids, 135 warriors to the fight
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AFRL historian takes part in Bataan Death March

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

Air Force Research Laboratory historian Robert "Bob" Duffner participated in the 25th annual Bataan Memorial Death March held March 23 at White Sands Missile Range, N. M. The march honors the World War II soldiers who suffered during the April 1942 march following the surrender of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers to Japanese forces.

Duffner said he was encouraged to take part in the march by a friend who had participated in it 20 years ago and thought it was a one-of-a-kind experience.
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Mock trial tackles difficult subject matter

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

As part of the events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a mock trial was held at Kirtland.

The Sexual Assault Response Coordinator's office held the trial, "Got Consent," Friday in Building 201. The trial showed Airmen what a real-world case could look like.

"Carry a message with you to others after being a part of this. Be able to walk out of this session and share this experience with someone who wasn't able to attend and give them the insight you gained here" Col. Tom Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander.
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Volunteers need for La Luz Academy’s annual Mars link up

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April 8, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Air Force Research Laboratory La Luz Academy is gearing up for its annual trip to Mars and is need of volunteers to assist with the expedition.

The Mars Survey of Topsoil for Extremophile Microbes Link-Up Day event will be May 14  at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and volunteers are needed throughout the day and also for shorter time periods.

"Most of the volunteer interaction with the 5th grade students takes place in the morning when the students are demonstrating that they are ready to carry out the mission," said Diane MacAlpine, deputy director of La Luz Academy. "During this time, we need volunteers to man various holding stations and direct pedestrian traffic inside the facility."
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Leaders receive information on Wounded, Ill, and Injured Program

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

In an effort to increase support to wounded, ill or injured service members, Kirtland hosted a seminar to educate leaders across the installation about a helping program.

Forty commanders, supervisors and first sergeants attended a presentation called "Wounded, Ill, and Injured: What Commanders Need to Know" to help learn more about their roles and responsibilities in assisting these service members. 

The presentation aimed to assist leaders in ensuring both combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured military members receive all the services and support mandated by Air Force.
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