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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’s pharmacy staff receives training from Veterans Affairs

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September 12, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

In an effort to help Kirtland Airmen receive the deployment training they need, the 377th Medical Group has teamed up with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System.

The two organizations recently established a Memorandum of Understanding, a joint venture that allows active-duty personnel, as part of their Readiness Skills Verification, to learn from VA staff and to utilize their facilities.

Kirtland's pharmacy staff is being trained in areas of inpatient pharmacy operations, intravenous pharmaceutical preparations and trauma response and resuscitation.
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CAP pilot recalls memorable Sept. 11 flight

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

On the night of Sept. 12, 2001, the skies over Kirtland and the nation were nearly silent due to the grounding of all but essential air traffic because of the terrorist attacks the previous day. But one lonely Civil Air Patrol aircraft, piloted by CAP members Lt. Col. John Doughty and Capt. John Lorenz, went into the New Mexico night on a mission to deliver life-saving blood donations.

After watching the images from New York and Washington play ad nauseam on television for a day, Albuquerque Senior Squadron II pilot Lorenz was just relieved to be asked to
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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

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

Kirtland Air Force Base, along with the rest of the nation, will observe Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17.

The U.S. Constitution has withstood the test of time for more than two centuries as our nation's charter of government and the guarantor of our liberties. Signed in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, this founding document reflects our core values and enshrines the truths set forth in the Declaration of Independence, that we are all endowed with certain unalienable rights.
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‘Football Frenzy’ takes over Mountain View Club

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

September is when the weather starts to ease into a cooler temperature, crockpot recipes take center stage with queso dip and sports fans don their favorite team jerseys to gear up for another fun football season

For die-hard pigskin fans and those who simply want to stay connected with family and friends, here is an official Football Frenzy warning: The Mountain View Club will host weekly Thursday night football games immediately following "Knerds Who Know," the weekly rounds of brain-teasing trivia in the lounge.
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Legal Notice

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

Col. Tom Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander, regretfully announces the death of Airman 1st Class Luke A. Smith, 58th Maintenance Squadron. Anyone having claims against or indebtedness to the estate of Airman Smith, should contact 2nd Lt Lee Bussey, summary courts officer, at 853-6430 or at 561-685-0656.
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Air Force revamps AEF

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

The Air Force will deploy Agile Combat Support Airmen under its redesigned air expeditionary force construct October 1.

The primary purpose of the redesign was to look at ways to deploy more ACS Airmen with their units and standardize dwell times across the Air Force as much as possible to present a consistent Air Force capacity to the warfighter.

While the construct was approved in April 2013 by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the first deployments under this construct will be October 2014. Under the revised AEF construct, installations will deploy larger numbers of Airmen from the same unit under a 1:2 deploy-to-dwell ratio for active component, ACS Airmen. The revised construct establishes an 18-month battle rhythm where an Airman may deploy for six months and be home for 12. This will allow wings to more effectively posture their forces to meet global mission requirements as well as continue home station training.
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Improved football field to open for intramural competition

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

The intramural football season kicks off Sept. 9, and players will find a marked improvement to this year's playing surface.

Steve Bowlin, director of the fitness center, said crews have been working diligently to improve the football field to make it better and safer for the players.

"The field has improved tremendously," Bowlin said. "Our team has worked diligently to grow and tend the grass and eliminate prairie dogs, goat heads, and weeds, to create a smoother, safer field for participants of our sports and fitness programs."
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Air Force Research Laboratory to attend AMOS conference

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September 5, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Key Air Force Research Laboratory personnel are headed to the world's premier conference on space situational awareness. The Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference will take place September 9-12 in Hawaii.

The conference will take place in close proximity to one of the U.S. Air Force's premier sites for space situational awareness--the Maui Optical & Supercomputing Site on top of Haleakala, an extinct volcano. This site is a key operating location for the Directed Energy Directorate based in Albuquerque. The site is home to the Department of Defense's largest telescope and a dedicated team of Air Force employees and their contractors who conduct daily operations at the site.
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Month-long Hispanic Heritage celebration starts Sept. 16

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

With a full slate of activities planned, this year's Hispanic Heritage Month is sure to be memorable.

The month-long celebration, themed "Hispanics: A legacy of history, a present of action and a future of success," will help honor the history, cultures, and contributions of Americans with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

"We are honoring this theme by bringing together people from across this installation who have come from a diverse set of cultural backgrounds, experiences and professions," said Senior Master Sgt. Anna Encalada, Hispanic Heritage committee chairman. "We are focusing on sharing Hispanic history, celebrating our diversity and encouraging each other."
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Kirtland “Virtual Flag” exercise spans the globe

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

Kirtland's Distributed Mission Operations Center has been very busy the past few days as the epicenter of a worldwide "Virtual Flag" simulated training exercise.

The annually staged exercise is bringing together armed forces units and services to practice major battlefield operations without the time, effort and expense of bringing planes, troops, support staff and others together at a single geographical site.

Through the DMOC, around 300 personnel in command centers and simulators around the world are networked together, making it a true, real-time coalition exercise that allows participants to operate from their home units and bases.
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Kirtland to defend title at military soccer tournament

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

The Kirtland varsity soccer team is heading to San Antonio Labor Day weekend to defend its championship title at the Defenders Cup.

Thirty-six teams will compete in this year's Defender's Cup, the military's version of the World Cup, where teams from all over the country compete to put their claim on the title.

Kirtland won the tournament last year, mounting a furious comeback in the final minutes of the championship game to edge FE Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., and capture first-place honors.
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Tops in Blue rocks the stage at Albuquerque’s Kiva Auditorium Aug. 24

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


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Peer-led group helps combat veterans cope

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

Army veteran and Sandia National Laboratories employee John Boehm thought it would be a good idea for his fellow veterans to get together and talk over their combat experiences and the difficulties they had after coming home.

He thought he was doing a good deed for his fellow veterans, not himself. But when he listened to a Vietnam veteran tell a story of coping with PTSD for 40 years, Boehm, who served multiple tours in Iraq, realized that he was suffering, too.

"I was shocked to find (the Vietnam vet's story) mirrored my own story," Boehm said. "I just never associated my problems to PTSD."
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Kirtland to host crime prevention workshop Sept. 5

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

Crime is on the rise in Albuquerque, and the base wants to help its members protect themselves.

Kirtland is presenting a crime prevention and safety awareness workshop Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the 377th Air Base Wing Presentation Center.

Dinah Dziolek, a key spouse member, requested the workshop due to the fact that many spouses were being affected by crime in their off base communities.

"I'm always looking for ways to help and empower our families," she said. "I thought this was a great opportunity to organize an event where families could ask experts questions regarding their concerns and we could give them knowledge to help them protect their families."
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Tops in Blue to perform in Albuquerque Sunday, August 24

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

The Air Force's "Tops in Blue" entertainment ensemble will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, August 24, at the Kiva Auditorium in downtown Albuquerque.

The event is open to the public and tickets are not required. Kiva Auditorium is located on the upper level of the West Complex at the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 2nd Street NW).

"This Broadway-style show provides the public an opportunity to see the most talented Airmen, who have been selected from around the globe," said Joanne Perkins, 377th Force Support Squadron marketing specialist.
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