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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

National Prayer Breakfast to be held Friday

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

Kirtland will host a National Prayer Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday at the Mountain View Club.

The breakfast is modeled after the National Prayer Breakfast event held on the first Thursday of February in Washington, according to Capt. David Dziolek, a chaplain at Kirtland.

"We have government and community leaders come together, we look at our blessings and seek guidance in our future," Dziolek said. "Over the past few years, it has become popular for different countries, states and cities to host their own breakfast."
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Wellness Expo draws more than 600 participants

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

More than 600 participants learned more about healthy living at a Wellness Expo March 21 at the Youth Center.

The event was sponsored by Wingman Plus, Kirtland's helping agencies. More than 70 information tables were staffed by vendors from both on and off base agencies who provided information about various aspects of wellness. 

"We wanted to educate people about everything that is available that can help promote mental, social, physical and spiritual wellness," said Teresa Reinhard, community support coordinator who organized the event.  "We took a much broader approach than your typical health fair, and it was a fantastic success."
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Kirtland has process for declaring establishments off limits

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

Although the Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board at Kirtland has the authority to declare an establishment off limits to military members, its current list of off-limits businesses is extremely short.

The Gas Pipe, 8508 Central Ave., is the only establishment currently on the list, according to Roberto Estrada, 377th Security Forces Group Investigations detective.

Declaring a business off limits involves a very deliberate process, said Randal Arthur, S2 branch chief in the 377th Security Forces Group.
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Air Force Assistance Fund runs through April 11

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


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Renovations reduce wait times in VA emergency room

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

Average wait times in the VA's emergency room has been drastically reduced.

Maureen Casey, 377th MDG's Health Care Plans & Analysis director, said wait times have dropped to under an hour. They were as high as two hours with 10 percent of patients leaving before being seen.

"This reduction in wait times has been particularly beneficial to active duty members and their families who live on Kirtland Air Force Base," Casey said.

The reduction in ER wait times is due to some major renovations that have taken place over the past year. The renovations focused on patient flow, evaluation and treatment. Planned construction will add additional observation beds and equipment.
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Basic Allowance for Housing with dependents recertification

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

An Air Force-wide Basic Allowance for Housing recertification for Airmen currently receiving with-dependent rate BAH began March 1 and is scheduled to be completed by December.

Due to discrepancies found in the BAH recertification process during a recent Department of Defense-wide audit, the Air Force will conduct this one-time recertification to ensure members are getting paid the correct entitlements. Military members who are drawing "Single Rate" BAH will not be affected.

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AFRL researcher a role model for budding scientists

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March 20, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

"I get to spend half my time thinking about molecules and half my time thinking about satellites," said Dr. Jaime Stearns, head of a space chemical lab in the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles directorate at Kirtland. "In order to develop a new technology for a satellite, we have to understand, in detail, the molecules that make it up."

In 2000, Stearns graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in chemistry, followed by a Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University. After three years as a postdoctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, Stearns joined AFRL as a research associate with the National Research Council at Hanscom Air Force Base near Boston. She became a civil servant a year later and relocated to New Mexico in 2011. Stearns is excited about her work with AFRL where she gets to work on cutting-edge research.
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Six Team Kirtland members make senior master sergeant promotion list

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March 20, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Congratulations to six Team Kirtland members who were selected for promotion to the enlisted rank of senior master sergeant.

The promotees are:
Andrew Bessette - Air Force Inspection Agency
Dawn Couey - Air Force Inspection Agency
Eric Granzberg - 58th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
James Karmann - 512th Rescue Squadron
Jason Powasnik - 58th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
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Air Force Assistance Fund: Airmen helping Airmen

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March 19, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Air Force Assistance Fund, an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to Air Force families in need, is underway.

The fundraiser occurs once a year for six weeks, and it is the only campaign allowed to solicit and collect contributions from federal employees in the workplace. It began March 3 at Kirtland and will run to mid-April.

After signing a donation form on March 14, Col. Tom Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander, said the AFAF is worthy of support because it provides assistance to Airmen where and when it is needed.
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AFRL salutes award winning employees

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March 19, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates  recently held the AFRL Phillips Research Site 2013 Annual Awards ceremony to recognize employees who had distinguished themselves during the past year.

Dr. David A. Hardy, director of the Directed Energy Directorate, and Col. David B. Goldstein, director of the Space Vehicles Directorate, hosted the event.

Directed Energy Directorate award winners:

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MEPS joint service flag ceremony honors retiring Navy chief

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March 19, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine


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Kirtland earns Tree City USA status, plants new tree

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

Kirtland achieved Tree City USA status and received a new tree in celebration of Arbor Day.

A new Modesto Ash was planted March 14 at the southwest side of the Mountain View Club in recognition of Kirtland attaining Tree City status through the Arbor Day Foundation.  Kirtland has achieved that national designation for the past 15 years.

Tree City is a national program that provides the structure for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. To qualify as a Tree City you must reach four standards: have a tree board or department, have a tree care ordinance, have a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and host an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
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58th OSS packs 3,000 pounds for 1,000 foot fall

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

What the 58th Operations Support Squadron does to prepare a package for training airdrop is by no means simple. And, according to Master Sgt. Shaun Seredni of the 58th OSS, the Airmen who learn to rig these packages may never do anything like this again in their Air Force career.

Kirtland is one of only a handful of bases with the equipment and know-how for active- duty Airmen to put together a package for a training drop, he said. Putting together one of these packages is usually something the Army does, he explained, and, when packages are needed for training purposes, the work is often done by contractors.
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Kirtland Warrior: Staff Sgt. Matthew Champagne

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

Kirtland Warrior - March 2014

Name: Staff Sgt. Matthew Champagne

Squadron: 342nd Training Squadron, Detachment 1

Duty Title: Pararescueman

Hometown: Boston, Mass.

Goals:  "My goal for this year in the Air Force is to make tech sergeant and to finish my rescue jumpmaster, recovery team leader and advanced parachute system upgrades. I would also like to advance my PME by attending additional AETC instructor upgrade training programs in San Antonio Texas. Finally, I would like achieve 100 percent student pass rate from my phase of training in the pararescue apprentice course."
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Honor Guardsman of the Month: Staff Sgt. Clifford Sistoso

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March 7, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

HONOR GUARDSMAN OF THE MONTH -- February 2014

Name:
Staff Sgt. Clifford R. Sistoso

Unit: 58th Maintenance Squadron

Duty title: Repair and reclamation craftsman

Job description: Lead maintenance actions during ISO/HSC inspections of 13 HC-130N/P, MC-130H and HC/MC-130J aircraft worth $501 million. Remove, replace, adjust and functionally check landing gear, flight controls, cargo doors and engine controls.
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