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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

Nine Kirtland Airmen inducted into Chiefs Group

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


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Efforts by base, community help make $16.25 million grant possible

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

A $16.25 million grant from the Department of Defense for repairs to Wherry Elementary was made possible due to hard work from dedicated individuals at Kirtland and in the surrounding community.

The grant is from the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment and will be used to rebuild deteriorating facilities and improve the educational experience for the approximately 500 children who attend the school.

The OEA is distributing $250 million for construction, repair or expansion of public schools on military institutions to address capacity and facility condition deficiencies. The OEA conducted facility condition assessment surveys and rated each qualifying school based on criteria like needs for capacity and condition. Wherry placed 11th on a priority list of these schools.
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Electronic cigarettes: The good, the bad and the policy

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

Is the electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, good for you or just as harmful as smoking a regular tobacco cigarette or cigar? The following information covers the pros and cons of the controversial e-cigarette and the official AF policy on using the e-cigarette on the installation.

E-cigarettes, first produced in China in 2004, are battery-operated devices designed to look and feel like cigarettes, right down to the glowing tip. They contain cartridges which are filled with chemicals and varying doses of nicotine, from high doses to no nicotine at all. When the smoker puffs on it, the e-cigarette delivers a mist of liquid flavorings and nicotine which is absorbed into the lungs. The e-cigarette is usually advertised as a way for a person to smoke in places where smoking is not allowed.
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AFSA executive visits Kirtland

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

When quality of life benefits for active duty military members need to be protected or enhanced, the Air Force Sergeants Association presents those matters to Congress for consideration.

Retired Chief Master Sgt. James Lokovic, vice chairman of the AFSA's International Legislation Committee, is influential in the process. He was at Kirtland Jan. 23-24 to educate Airmen here about how that's done and how they can stay involved.

"People have a lot of clout and influence over their own careers if they understand how everything fits together," Lokovic said. "I try to help people get a clearer understanding of the Department of Defense's mission and role, why decisions are being made, how the chain of command works, how the government works, and how this affects benefits and what they can do about it and what they can't do about it."
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AFNWC commander speaks at ‘Expanding Your Horizon’ conference

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


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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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