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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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Air Force announces plans for realignment

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

The Air Force announced plans to realign Kirtland's 377th Air Base Wing under the Air Force Global Strike Command, and to restructure the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center.

This is part of an effort to improve the effectiveness of and support for the Air Force's nuclear enterprise, according to officials. There will be no economic impact to the community due to the restructure or realignment.

Col. Tom Miller, 377th Air Base Wing commander, said the transition will be transparent and base activities and employment levels at Kirtland will be unchanged.
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CFW wins fourth consecutive intramural title

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

The "CFW" captured the base flag football championship for a fourth consecutive year.

The CFW takes its name from where the players are from: the Comptroller Squadron, Force Support Squadron and Wing Staff Agencies. The team went 10-1
during the regular season, swept through the playoffs and then bested the Weapons Systems Security Squadron in the finals.

In the final game, things did not look promising early on. After a giving up a safety and a touchdown, the CFW found themselves in an early deficit. But a deep bomb just before halftime from quarterback Staff Sgt. Jeff Bryan to Gregory gave the team a 12-10 lead.
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Kirtland family child care provider named best in AMFC

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

The Kirtland Family Child Care program demands a lot from its providers, and a successful provider must meet the program's standards for licensure and the demands of childcare on a daily basis. Still, providers regularly do this and more, according to FCC provider Marie Stabe, who was recently named Air Force Materiel Command's FCC Provider of the Year for 2014.

Stabe said her selection for the award was a validation of the hard work Kirtland FCC providers have put forth throughout the year, recognizing a program giving essential support to Team Kirtland members. FCC providers offer in-home child care to many people who may not be able to get services at the Child Development Centers or need care outside the CDC parameters.
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Base Exchange to host charity art sale

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

Lawrence Vargas and his family have turned a tragic loss into something positive.

Vargas' son, Lawrence Charles Vargas, was shot and killed in 2008 in a parking garage in Downtown Albuquerque. At the time, the 23-year-old professional artist and he already had a reputation for being a very charitable person.

As part of their effort to carry on that tradition, Vargas and his other son, David, will be signing and selling hand-painted ornaments and other artwork at the Base Exchange. The money they make goes to their nonprofit organization, Lawrence Charles Vargas Memorial Shoes-for-Kids and Acts of Compassion, which buys shoes for less fortunate children.
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Lovelace group examines Airmen in action

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

The 377th Medical Group hosted a tour of Kirtland on Friday for employees at Lovelace Health System.

The tour was to help the health care professionals at Lovelace understand  Kirtland's mission and the demands of active duty.

Lovelace serves as an extension for the care provided to the 13,000 beneficiaries at Kirtland, according to Col. Rachel Lefebvre, 377th Medical Group commander.

"We are proud of our alliance and the strong relationships we 377th Medical Group
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Rainy weather brings Tree Lighting Ceremony indoors

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


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KAFB Fire Department ramps up for annual celebration

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

The Kirtland Fire Department is ramping up for "Operation Holiday Cheer."

Volunteers at the annual charitable holiday celebration on Dec. 17 will dish up meals and fun at the base's Fire Station #2.

Ronnie Dexter, assistant chief of operations for the department and event director, said it is an opportunity for Team Kirtland to show support for its neighbors.

"All too often we are shut off from the adjoining community because of the obvious security reasons," he said. "With this event, we have the chance to partner with Albuquerque and show how grateful we are for their continued support."
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Kirtland Warrior: Airman 1st Class Jessica Gibson

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

KIRTLAND WARRIOR

Name:   Airman 1st Class Jessica A. Gibson

Unit:   58th Operations Support Squadron

Duty Title:  Aviation resource manager

Hometown:  Lewisville, Texas

Goals: Complete bachelor's degree in education

Accomplishments:  Due to her excellent work ethic and unparalleled motivation she has personally in/out-processed 50 percent of the 1,500 aviators trained in the 58th Special Operations Wingannually.  She's the lead point of contact for the 342nd Pararescue Training Squadron and has developed a process to track their training and jumps with 100 percent accuracy.  Gibson has also volunteered with Joy Junction and Kirtland Against Drunk Driving.
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Beekeeping is a passion for Air Guardsman

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

Beekeeping started with a garden and grew into a labor of love for New Mexico Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Craig Noorlander.

Noorlander, who has spent 30 years with the Guard, serves as chief of communications. His first foray into beekeeping dates back to when he moved to a one-acre lot in the Edgewood area -- about 35 minutes east of Kirtland -- in 2003  and needed bees to help pollinate his garden.

"I fell completely in love with it," he said. "I just started to look into it to see what we could do to get them to pollinate our garden."
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Award winner from AFSEC grateful for opportunity

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

When Christopher Gitto of the Air Force Safety Center started out as a civilian personnel records staffer in 1983, he couldn't have envisioned the Air Force career of more than 30 years that lay ahead.

And now, the AFSC technical information specialist can attach the words "award-winning" to his job title. He recently won of the Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award.

Gitto has osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic condition that causes bones to be fragile and prone to fracturing, usually due to a collagen deficiency. He said it's  something that hasn't held him back, though.
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Tool to safeguard PII scheduled for December rollout AF wide

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

The Digital Signature Enforcement Tool is scheduled for Air Force-wide integration Dec. 5, providing Microsoft Outlook email users with an interactive, automated virtual assistant to help ensure the security of personally identifiable information

"I can't overstate the operational importance of preventing PII breaches," said Maj. Gen. B. Edwin Wilson, commander of 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber.  "It's not an IT problem, it's a Total Force problem and DSET is an effective tool the Total Force can use, right now, to help reduce inadvertent PII breaches."
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DC-10 tanker retired after more than 750 fire missions

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

After fighting numerous fires across the country, Albuquerque-based 10 Tanker Air Carrier retired one of its DC-10 tankers Nov. 15, ending a run of over 750 fire missions.

Dubbed "910," the plane will be dismantled at a Michigan facility and replaced by a new aircraft for the company in the spring.

Mark Williamson, chief operating officer for 10 Tanker, said the plane's decommissioning was bittersweet.

"I'll say that the overwhelming feeling is that 910 was a good airplane," Williamson said. "I've heard many reminiscences about the development of passenger planes into tankers and about the early years."
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Commentary: 58th Special Operations Wing engagement with Pueblos renews cooperation

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

Surreal. That's the only word I could use to describe the experience of returning to Kirtland AFB this week after being gone for the better part of the last 16 years. Now assigned to the 377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs office as a civilian, it was hard not to feel like an Airman again as I attended a meeting at the 58th Special Operations Wing Nov. 18.

The experience was intensely familiar, as I served as the 58th's public affairs lead from 1994-1998. Many things were much the same as they were in the mid 1990s, including the focus of the meeting: relations with New Mexico's Pueblos, and how to reinvigorate the cooperation that Kirtland, the 58th and many of our pueblos have enjoyed for decades.
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Kirtland leaders serve Thanksgiving meal at Thunderbird

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


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Eubank Gate has resumed normal operations

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

Additional protective measures have been lifted at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Eubank Gate has resumed normal operations. All personnel are urged to exercise caution and report suspicious activity to law enforcement officials.

For off-base non-emergency reporting, contact the Albuquerque Police Department at 505-242-2677.
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