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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 hold Citizen Advisory Board meeting

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January 27, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland will hold its quarterly Citizen Advisory Board meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28, at the Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE.

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.

For more information, call the Kirtland Air Force Base Public Affairs Office at 846-5991.

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377th Medical Group hosts UNM healthcare professionals

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

In an effort to build community relations, the 377th Medical Group recently hosted senior leaders from the University of New Mexico healthcare system.

The visitors toured aircraft from the 58th Special Operations Wing and learned about the wing's mission. Additionally, the 377th Security Forces K-9 handlers showed off their skills, along with their canines, in a series of dog-handling demonstrations.

"These personal and professional relationships we continue to build are critical to the delivery of healthcare and to the strengthening of our community partnerships," said Col. Rachel Lefebvre, 377th MDG commander.
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Kirtland employee receives NMFEB recognition

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

Team Kirtland's community support coordinator was recognized with an employee of the quarter award by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

Teresa Reinhard was selected for the honor based on "exceeding all expectations" while in direct support of the 23,000 military and civilian employees who work at Kirtland.

"It was a real honor to be recognized," Reinhart said. "I love my job, which is to enhance resilience for our Airman, both active duty and civilian, and their families."
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Adventures abound for Kirtland employee

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

In a few months, Maryann Zelenak will pack up her 140-pound Newfoundland, Murphy, and embark on a new adventure.

Zelenak, who is the supervisory branch chief for the Space Development and Test Directorate, Space Acquisition and Development Branch at Kirtland, was selected to attend a 10-month course, starting in August, at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

She will attend senior acquisition classes at the school, which is in Fort Lesley J. McNair on the National Defense University campus in Washington, D.C.
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AFSA lobbyist to speak at Kirtland Jan. 24

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

Chief Master Sgt. (ret) James Lokovic, vice chairman for the Air Force Sergeant Association's International Legislation Committee, will provide a one-hour briefing at 2:45 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Wing Presentation Center .

His focus will include the recent changes made to benefits for Total Force Airmen and how benefits are affected by U.S. Congress. Other specific topics reviewed will be budget climate, quality of life, and how to use your benefits.

Lokovic, who served in the Air Force for 25 years, is an avid lobbyist whose past credentials include revamping how AFSA lobbies and testifies before U.S. Congress, helping create the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, and aiding with the development of the TRICARE for Life program.
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AFSA lobbyist to speaks at Kirtland Jan. 25

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

James Lokovic, the AFSA International Legislation Committee vice chairman will provide a one-hour briefing at the Wing Presentation Center at 1:15 p.m. Jan. 25.

His focus will include the recent changes made to benefits for Total Force Airmen and how benefits are affected by U.S. Congress. Other specific topics reviewed will be budget climate, quality of life, and how to use your benefits. 

Lokovic, a retired chief master sergeant, is an avid lobbyist whose past credentials include revamping how AFSA lobbies and testifies before U.S. Congress, helping create the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, and aiding with the development of the TRICARE for Life program.
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Errant driver damages Kirtland sign

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


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377th LRS receives Logistics Effectiveness Award

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

The 377th Logistics Readiness Squadron was selected for the 2013 Air Force Materiel Command Daedalian Maj. Gen. Warren R. Carter Logistics Effectiveness Award Non-Flying Squadron.

The Daedalian Foundation's Logistics Effectiveness Award, first awarded in 1962, is presented annually to the United States Air Force unit at base level selected by the chief of staff as having achieved the best supply effectiveness record in the Air Force in support of mission aircraft and/or weapons.

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Kirtland’s Propulsion Flight focal point for servicing AF’s helicopter engines

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

There's one central focal point for all T400 engine maintenance and it's known affectionately at Kirtland as the "Queen Bee."

It's the T400/T700 section of the 58th Maintenance Squadron's Propulsion Flight. The unique section - which consists of two civilians, two Guardsmen and eight active duty - works on the Pratt & Whitney T400 engine found in the UH-1N Huey helicopters and the General Electric T700 engine found in the HH-60 Pavehawk.

"We call it the Queen Bee because the queen is the central focus of the hive, and we are the center for all T400 engine maintenance," said Master Sgt. Steven Bousquet, Propulsion Flight chief. "We tear down and build up every T400 in the Department of Defense. We are the only unit that maintains and tests these engines."
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Kirtland Tax Center set to open Feb. 4

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

The Kirtland Tax Center will open Feb 4 to provide free tax-filing services to eligible customers.

The Tax Center will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment. It is located in the Consolidated Support building, between the MPF and DBIDs. When possible, electronic tax returns will be filed so people may receive refunds quicker.

The Tax Center is manned by volunteers, and has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service's VITA program. Volunteers will be available until about April 11 to prepare tax returns for E-6s and below, O-3s and below, and retirees with gross income of $60,000 and below. The center is unable to assist others due to manning constraints.
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Commentary: Thanks to generosity of Team Kirtland, $334,000 raised in CFC

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

Through the 2013 Combined Federal Campaign, members of Team Kirtland pledged more than $334,000 in contributions to approved charitable organizations. The generosity of Team Kirtland's military and civilian employees has made it possible for much-needed assistance to reach countless people on our base, improve research in scientific and medical fields, and provide humanitarian assistance in the Albuquerque community and throughout the world.

What I appreciate about the CFC is that a broad spectrum of worthy causes is available in one place, and that the donors get to choose where to contribute and how to support the agencies that work on issues that are important to them.
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Psychologist addresses sexual violence

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

A nationally recognized forensic consultant, trainer and lecturer spoke to an audience of more than 100 Team Kirtland senior leaders Jan. 13, in a two-hour presentation on a wide variety of topics related to sexual violence.

Dr. David Lisak is a clinical psychologist who has devoted his professional life to studying the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. Lisak's research and applied forensic work on non-stranger rapists has helped guide rape prevention and response policies in major institutions, including the U.S. armed services and numerous colleges and universities.
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College scholarships available for military dependents

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

Many high school seniors have begin submitting college applications, with tuition costs often the biggest concern. The Kirtland Spouses Club aims to help college-bound military dependents by awarding several scholarships. 

In 2013, the KSC awarded $7,000 to five applicants. The amount awarded this year will depend on how much money is collected. Funds are collected through charitable donations, dues, and profits from the Kirtland Thrift Store.
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Commentary: Air Force standards have altitude, no room for reduction

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

In October, I had the pleasure of hosting several enlisted calls for our uniformed Airmen. In those discussions, we reviewed Air Force standards of conduct and professionalism. However, standards are not for enlisted Airmen alone; our professional standards are Air Force centric and apply to every member of our workforce, uniformed and civilian.

As our service continues to get smaller, it is imperative that our Air Force be of the highest quality and peopled with the highest caliber of character. In October, we referenced Air Force Instruction 1-1, and while the words may have changed, the principles have not been lost over the passing of time.
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Kirtland’s gates to remain open for MLK holiday, ABQ RIDE offering limited service

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

There will be no changes to the operating hours for Kirtland's gates due to the Martin Luther King Jr holiday Jan. 20.  There will, however, be changes to the ABQ RIDE services that day. 

ABQ RIDE will operate a regular Saturday schedule, with limited changes in schedule for Routes #31 - Wyoming and #157 - Montaño/Uptown/Kirtland.

ABQ RIDE plans the following:

· Adding one southbound #31-Wyoming trip to KAFB, starting at La Cueva High School at 7:09 a.m. and ending at Bldg. 800 at 7:45 a.m.
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