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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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Safety Center civilian selected for prestigious leadership program

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

Mark Nunn, Air Force Risk Management Program manager and chief of the Air Force Safety Automated System Requirements Group at the Air Force Safety Center, was recently selected for the prestigious Air Force Civilian Strategic Leader Program and to attend Air War College in residence in July.

Nunn is one of only 12 civilians Air Force-wide selected for consideration for 70 critical leadership positions worldwide at the installation, headquarters, and joint levels via the CSLP.

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NASA astronaut has AFRL Kirtland connection

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

Col. Michael Hopkins recently skyrocketed into fame when he performed a series of spacewalks as a crew member on the International Space Station.

In 1993, Hopkins was a second lieutenant reporting to his first duty station at the Phillips Laboratory, a predecessor to today's Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base.

While at the lab, Hopkins worked on advanced space system technologies, a perfect fit for his master's degree in aerospace engineering from Stanford University. He arrived here as a distinguished graduate from the University of Illinois Reserve Officer Training Corps, and as the 1991 team captain of the University of Illinois football team.
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AFRL scientist recognized for his work

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

Dr. Matthew Squires, a scientist in the cold atom lab at the Air Force Research Laboratory, and his coworkers are daring to go where no one else in the Department of Defense has gone before.

Recently, Squires, Spence Olson and Bryan Kasch have created a Bose-Einstein condensate.

"I believe that we're the first group in the Department of Defense to make a Bose-Einstein condensate," Squires said.

What that means is they brought about a quantum state of matter by cooling the temperature a dilute gas of bosons -- which are subatomic particles -- close to absolute zero. Bose-Einstein condensates are used to study the quantum behavior of particles, and it's science that builds on what Squires has already done.
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Sharp Troop Award: Staff Sgt. Bennett Orwix

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


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The Great American Spit Out: Pitch the dip

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

Those wishing to kick the tobacco habit can look to the Great American Spit Out, an annual campaign held each February as a means to raise awareness of the dangers associated with smokeless tobacco.

Commitment to quitting is the first step in overcoming the use of tobacco products, so step up to the plate and swing for the fences with a four-step quit plan towards a tobacco free life. The benefits of being tobacco free can be valuable, both physically and financially.

Tobacco has several negative impacts. Its use causes cancer, strokes, heart disease and lung disease. It can also cause other problems, such as reduced endurance, decreased night vision, hearing loss, decreased wound healing, and increased post-operative complications. The Department of Defense estimates tobacco use costs $1.6 billion in medical expenses yearly.
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Kirtland hosts exercise in virtual battlespace

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

Virtual Flag 14-2 begins Feb. 21, and participants will take part in the seven-day large force composite exercise in a virtual battlespace that merges tactical- and operational-level training.

Maj. Joseph Michaelson, exercise director, said the exercise helps prepare warfighters for combat situations through operational integration of forces from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines.

"This unique training opportunity allows Air Force warfighters to practice, develop, and validate joint tactics, techniques, and procedures with a combat representative force," he said.
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AFRL research leads to bigger telescopes

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

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, wrote British author Arthur C. Clarke.

That quote could easily describe adaptive optics, technology that was pushed forward at Kirtland's Air Force Research Laboratory. And it's a technology that universities, private astronomers and others have "taken and run with," according to Robert Fugate, one of the principal drivers behind adaptive optics research at Kirtland.

In the introduction to the 2009 book "The Adaptive Optics Revolution," by Robert Duffner, a historian at Kirtland, Fugate described the technology as being akin to looking through frosted glass and seeing a clear image on the other side. That's essentially what adaptive optics do when it comes to looking through the atmosphere to see a clear image of a satellite or another object in space. He added that atmospheric distortion simply can't be overcome by building bigger and bigger telescopes.
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National campaign promotes oral hygiene among children

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

February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and members of the 377th Dental Squadron will be visiting child development classrooms across the base to spread the dental message to young kids.

Dental Health Month is an annual event sponsored by the American Dental Association to promote awareness of the importance of children's oral health.

The theme for this year is "Join the Super Smile Team!" To help children learn to maintain a healthy smile, members of the dental squadron will be providing oral hygiene demonstrations and discussing oral health topics with Kirtland children.
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Ceremony recognizes 58th SOW annual award winners

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February 10, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

During an annual awards ceremony Feb. 8 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid, members of the 58th Special Operations Wing were recognized for their contributions to the wing.

Congratulations to the following winners:

58th Operations Group Airman of the Year - Airman 1st Class Megan Lenz (58th Operations Support Squadron)

58th Maintenance Group NCO of the Year - Tech. Sgt Sarah Hall (58th Maintenance Squadron)

512th Rescue Squadron NCO of the Year - Tech. Sgt. Jason Davis (512th RQS)
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377th MDG garners prestigious award

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February 10, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Kirtland's 377th Medical Group was deemed the best of 66 military treatment facilities Air Force-wide and received the 2013 Surgeon General's Award for Best Clinic of the Year.

"Every member of the 377th Medical Group should stand tall, as it took the entire team - military, civilians, and our contractors - to realize this achievement," said Col. Rachel Lefebvre, 377th MDG commander. "Our team members' leadership, efforts and creativity are second to none."

The colonel said this pinnacle award provided "the icing on the cake" for the group, which recently received two Air Force Materiel Command awards: Outstanding PRP Team of the Year and Medium Dental Clinic of the Year.
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Commentary: Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas

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February 10, 2014 in Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico by clevine

Note: February is African American Heritage Month. This article remembers an African American officer who made a difference in the lives of others.

Air Force Maj. Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., was the first African American chosen by NASA to be an astronaut. He was a senior Air Force pilot, accumulating more than 2,500 flight hours--most of which was in jets.

As much emphasis on safety as the Air Force places in its overall processes, it still requires each of us to step up and take ownership of process improvement and risk minimization. This is what Lawrence did, never overlooking obvious opportunities for improvement.
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Kirtland sergeant saves man from choking

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

The first time Tech. Sgt. Martelli Major performed the Heimlich maneuver outside of training, he saved a man's life.

Major, who works in the 58th Maintenance Group, was attending a leadership course in October at the Robert D. Gaylor NCO Academy in San Antonio when he came across a dire situation.

"My class and I were out having some dinner, when I saw a gentleman four chairs down was giving the universal sign he was choking," Major said.

John Pringle was at Saltgrass Steak House with his co-worker Glenn Goral when he began to choke. Goral told the bartender to call 911 and then began to perform the Heimlich maneuver.
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Angolans tour Kirtland

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


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AFRL Scholar creates winning design

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

Air Force Research Laboratory Space Scholar Daniel Osuna finds that hard work pays off in amazing ways.

Last summer, as an intern with the AFRL Scholars program, Osuna's project was to design a new entrance for the AFRL Phillips Space Conference Center. Kirtland's Civil Engineer Division approved his design. Construction on the building began in January.

"My goal was to create a more inviting and functional entryway," Osuna said. "I am grateful to my mentor, Michael Gallegos, for his confidence in my skills and giving me the opportunity to create a winning design."
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Youth Center offers spring baseball league

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

Kids looking for a way to be active this spring have an opportunity with a baseball league.

The youth center is holding registration for their annual youth baseball league.

"Last year we had a pretty good turnout with six teams for one league and four teams for another league, giving us almost 100 kids participating," said Tyrone Griffin, Youth Center sports and wellness director.

The year's league is broken up into three divisions: tee ball for ages 5 to 8, coach pitch for ages 8 to 10 and kids pitch for ages 10 to 18.
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