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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

Congratulations to Kirtland’s master sergeant selects

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

Congratulations to Kirtland's master sergeant selects:

Craig Arbogast
Andrew Barger
Philip Bartles
Shellie Benjamin
Jonathan Bernius
Belia Burnett
Warren Campbell
Jerry Chandler
Eric Clark
David Coker
Christopher Covey
Christopher Crain
Ryan Decker
John Degnaro
James Denny
Jeremy Diola
Salvador Felix
Michael Free
Jonathan Friscia
Luis German
David Gonzalez
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AFNWC officers to compete in international swimming competition

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

A Team Kirtland officer and former member of the Air Force Academy swim team will soon dive into competition again, representing both the Air Force and Kirtland in the 2014 Allied Air Component Command Headquarters swimming championships.

2nd Lt. Haley Holcombe, a developmental engineer in the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, was one of six female Airmen picked to participate in the swimming competition June 25-27 at NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany.

"I'm really excited," she said. "I was pretty hopeful that I'd be selected, but I knew it would be competitive."
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CSAF, CMSAF visit Kirtland

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

Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody recently spent several days at Kirtland touring facilities and meeting with Airmen.

"We are here for one primary reason, and that's to say 'thank you,'" he said at one of his all calls. "Thank you for everything you do for our Air Force, for our nation, for each other. You need to know how great we think you are."

The general and the chief were here, along with their spouses and several other senior leaders. They got tours and demonstrations of some of Kirtland's missions and capabilities, including security forces, the 58th Special Operations Wing's "Monster Garage," and the nuclear enterprise.
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Kirtland’s EO office wins award for ADR program

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

The 377th Air Base Wing's Equal Opportunity Office received the 2013 Air Force Alternative Dispute Resolution Program of the Year award for small organizations.

"It's a good feeling to be recognized for all our hard work," said Ofelia Mejiaortega, EO specialist who manages the ADR program at Kirtland.

Mejiaortega said the success of the program is due to positive outreach and good working relationships between leaders and supervisors, as well as a strong commitment to the program from the mediators.
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Kirtland helps prevent spread of bats’ white-nose syndrome

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

The Kirtland Natural Resource office is taking steps to protect bats against whitenose syndrome.

White-nose syndrome is named after a fungal growth that occurs on the bats' snouts. The fungus was first found in 2006 in a cave in New York and has spread as far south as Alabama and as far west as Missouri. The disease has caused more than 5.5 million bat deaths according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website, www.fws.org.

"The fungus grows on the nose and occurs more in hibernation when bats aren't constantly moving and cleaning themselves. The fungus causes them to wake up, fly out of the cave and die from starvation or the cold," said Dustin Akins, natural resource specialist. "This is detrimental to bats because they typically only give birth once a year to one offspring, so they can't come back as easy from a decline in population."
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Inspection Ready

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

The 377th Air Base Wing has a significant opportunity in front of it with the Defense Nuclear Surety Inspection team arriving next week. The team will consist of more than 160 members who will evaluate hundreds of processes, programs and operations to validate that we perform the mission in a safe, secure and effective manner.

As a team, we are ready. With only days until the inspection begins, you may be asking yourself, "What do I do individually to prepare?"

The answer may surprise you: nothing different than what you do every day. The precision, skill and professionalism you show every day is something that will be evident to the inspectors and isn't something you need to cram for at the last minute. Nuclear surety is about getting our number one priority right and getting it right every single day.
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Kirtland hosts ROTC commissioning for 12 new lieutenants

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


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Security team protects Kirtland’s nuclear enterprise

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


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Kirtland sergeant receives Bronze Star, Purple Heart medals

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May 13, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

A Kirtland warrior received two military medals after surviving a car bombing while deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan.

"I never thought I'd receive a Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal," said Tech. Sgt. Austin Hardin, a paralegal in the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center Legal Office. "Although I wish I hadn't had the experience, I'm honored to be recognized."

Hardin's awards came because of an attack that took place Oct. 18, 2013. He was driving the second of a two-car convoy when the lead car took a direct hit from a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
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Kirtland spouse nets AFMC Key Spouse of the Year Award

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

A Team Kirtland member was selected as the Air Force Materiel Command Key Spouse of the Year.

Beth Moran, wife of Master Sgt. Andy Moran of the 377th Security Forces Squadron, was selected for her efforts with the Kirtland Key Spouse Program. She said she is honored to receive the award, but shares credit with others team members.

"Everything I've done was done with the help of others," she said. "I didn't accomplish anything solely on my own. It was with the help of the command, unit leadership and other key spouses that has made the Key Spouse Program here successful."
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Summer STEM camp for students from Kirtland families

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

The Air Force Research Laboratory La Luz Academy is accepting applications for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, camp for students from Kirtland families.

Students who will be going into 5th or 6th grade in the 2014-15 school year, will spend the week exploring hands-on activities in physics, chemistry, technology, engineering, mathematics operations and applications, and other STEM careers.

Camp will be in session from June 2-6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the AFRL La Luz Academy in Building 1900 inside the Maxwell gate.
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Kirtland has flock of bird studies

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

Kirtland's Natural Resource office is conducting seven studies of the bird population found on base.

The birds the office is interested in include the burrowing owl, loggerhead shrike, gray vireo, raptors and migratory songbirds.

"The majority of the research we have going on base are studies on birds," said Dustin Akins, natural
resource specialist.

There are three burrowing owl studies happening on base. The Natural Resource office has been gathering information about the burrowing owl since around 1998.
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AFRL La Luz Academy holds ‘egg-cellent’ symposium

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May 6, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

The Air Force Research Laboratory La Luz Academy STEM Challenge Flight really came out of its shell at the culminating STEM Challenge Symposium.

AFRL La Luz Academy at Kirtland is an education outreach program that promotes science, technology, engineering and math education activities for New Mexico students. The STEM Challenge Flight has high school students solve a technical problem using engineering design and support from AFRL scientists and engineers.

During the school year, 18 high school teams created a system to catapult an egg through a suspended hula hoop and onto a target without breaking it. AFRL scientists and engineers provided support through virtual and in-person meetings.
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Kirtland enhances its fuel spill soil vapor removal

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May 2, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland has expanded its investigation and remediation of the vadose zone, the soil layer contaminated by the fuel spill.

This interim remediation measure is designed to address the fuel spill, according to information on the New Mexico Environment Department website.

Fuel vapor is drawn from purpose-built wells adjacent to the old Kirtland fuel facilities offloading ramp on the west side of the base, where the fuel leaked into the ground.

The fuel vapor is drawn out using a catalytic oxidizing soil vapor extraction machine, called CATOX, using a technology similar to a car's catalytic converter.
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Base Chapel hosts Holocaust remembrance ceremony

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May 1, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Approximately 100 Team Kirtland members congregated April 30 at the Base Chapel for the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony.

Following a presentation of the colors by the Kirtland Honor Guard, singing of the National Anthem, and an invocation by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Thomas Elbert, three members of the Jewish community spoke to the assembled audience.

Madeline Cunnings, a senior at Bosque School, spoke about her recent trip to Poland for participation in the Model International Criminal Court mock trials, a simulation of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She talked about how taking part in the event added to her understanding of the Holocaust and its lasting effects.
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