Vol. 2 • No. 27 • Friday, June 19, 2009 • www.edwards.af.mil
Base residents must protect both pets and predators
Bobcats attacks on family pets con- ment, base ofﬁcials stress the removal
tinue in base housing and coyotes roam of food, water and shelter from hous-
base backyards and side streets with a ing areas ultimately protects the wild
common purpose - gathering food. animals by encouraging them to live
Why base housing? Because, base within the natural environment offered
officials say, some residents have by the high desert.
taught them that that’s where the food According to Edward’s biologists
is. residents need to eliminate food and
For the sake of both pets and preda- water sources for smaller animals like
tors, it’s a lesson that has to stop. rabbits and squirrels as well, as they are
“We live in a desert environment part of the desert ecosystem and will
that we share with a large number attract larger predators to the housing
of wild animals that are very good at areas.
foraging for food, said Col. Nancy Base biologists have done a number
Reeves-Flores, 95th Air Base Wing of surveys in and around the housing
vice commander. areas in past months. In addition to
“We cannot remove the animals identifying problem animals they have
from their natural habitat and, if we noted many instances of people care-
tried, others would move in to take lessly, and perhaps sometimes know-
advantage of the easy access to food, ingly, attracting wild animals.
water and shelter. We must cut off that As the biologists were doing their
supply if we’re to safely coexist.” surveys they noticed many instances
However, that alone does not solve where food and water bowls were left
the immediate problem. out in front yards. Many people feed
“Since the animals know the food their pets in the backyard and that
and water are there, they will continue will quickly attract wild animals of all
to return for awhile,” she said. “Re- types.
gardless of who’s been feeding them, “They noticed garbage left at the
predators may make unprotected fam- curb in nothing more than plastic bags, A Bobcat, similar to the ones inhabiting Edwards licks its lips. Ofﬁcials say, Bobcats roam base housing,
ily pets in the neighborhood their next sometimes for days, said Mark Hagan, gathering food. They choose base housing because residents have taught them that’s where the food is. It is
meal.” a base biologist in Environmental Man- unlikely a coyote or bobcat will attack, they will however, defend themselves.
“In this situation we have few attrac- agement.
tive choices; we must trap and relocate “Ravens, squirrels and other ani- animals will usually try to avoid people become more aggressive. Attacks on in the desert,” said Mark Bratton, a
the predators, or shoot and kill them,” mals would rip the bags open and at all costs. They may stop and stare humans by coyotes and bobcats are contract biologist in EM. “But we need
Reeves-Flores said. scatter the garbage around. We really for a few seconds, but from a safe dis- rare, but they do sometimes happen. to do all we can do to discourage them
While the immediate beneﬁt of trap- need residents to make the connection tance. The key is to eliminate as many from lingering.”
ping and euthanizing these predators is that these actions cause wild animals to These same animals, however, are attractants as possible to all forms of Base biologists offer the following
the safety of people and pets on Ed- lose their fear of humans and go for the often attracted to the conditions that wildlife. suggestions to base residents to dis-
wards, they are last-resort options. As easy pickings,” he said. people create. And if they begin to “There will always be some contact courage visits from coyotes or other
good stewards of our natural environ- Bobcats, coyotes and other desert associate humans with food they can between humans and the wild animals See BOBCAT, Page 2
Criss Angel visits Edwards, takes ‘7-level test’
Criss Angel, star of the television show “Mind- him. It’s great that he came here it’s an honor he
freak” ﬁlmed an episode of his show at the Ex- would take time to visit the military and say what
plosive Ordinance Disposal compound here June he said.”
15. Similar to other Hollywood visits, the cast and
The celebrity also took time to visit with his crew of Mindfreak used Edwards facilities and
fans and sign autographs in the Oasis Community service members for authenticity of their produc-
Center’s Stripes Lounge. tion.
“Edwards personiﬁes the future of the military,” “Everyone’s been so hospitable, opening their
said Angel. “To me, doing a stunt here has al- arms and facilities for Mindfreak. And it’s just
ways been something that’s been in my mind I just been a dream come true,” said Angel.
didn’t know when I would be able to get here.” “The Air Force has been extraordinarily cooper-
Angel made a special visit to talk with some of ative,” added David Baram, executive producer of
the families of deployed service members. Mindfreak. “We coordinated this on short notice.
“The men and women who serve this country, This is a very dangerous stunt that Criss is go-
not only do they make a huge sacriﬁce, but their See ANGEL, Page 7
families and friends do too,” said Angel. “If your
brother or wife or husband gets deployed for a Air Force photograph by Mike Yncera
long period of time you don’t get the opportunity Criss Angel, star of the television show
to see them or to simple things with them.” Mindfreak, autographs a motor cycle helmet for
Angel visited with more than 200 fan fans talk- TSgt. Chad Callahan, F-22 Raptor Combine
ing with them and signing autographs Test Force crew chief, during his visit. More than
“I’ve been a Criss Angel fan for years. When 200 fans attended the autograph signing. The
I found out he was going to be here I had to be show is scheduled to premiere on the Arts and
here to check it out and get an autograph and meet Entertainment network in August.
2 Desert Eagle June 19, 2009
BOBCAT, from 1
wild animals. “Eliminating food, water and shady areas around your home will It is unlikely a coyote or bobcat will attack a human, base biolo-
• Do not put food or water outside. Cat and dog food attracts discourage a coyote from hanging around,” Mr. Bratton said. “The gists said. The animals will, however, defend themselves if they
hungry coyotes and other animals. less comfortable coyotes feel around us, the better. We want them feel trapped or to protect their young.
• Do not leave small pets, including cats, domestic rabbits and to maintain their wariness of humans.” If a coyote or other predator is threatening to harm a pet or family
small dogs, outside and unattended, especially at night. Anyone who encounters a coyote or bobcat in one of the housing member, Security Forces is prepared to respond. Base residents can
• Trim bushes and shrubs to minimize hiding places or shady areas should keep the following tips in mind: contact Security Forces at 277-3340.
spots. • Do not panic or run. Other concerns or biological questions may be referred to Envi-
• When trash is not being collected, secure garbage cans so they • Stand straight and make yourself appear tall and large. ronmental Management at 277-1401.
cannot easily be knocked down or rummaged through. Use rope or • Be careful not to corner the animal. More information about coyotes and bobcats can be found on
elastic cord to secure the can to a fence or other immovable object • Turn your body sideways and slowly walk away from the ani- the California Department of Fish and Game Web site at http://
or use one to keep the container closed. mal. www.dfg.ca.gov/news/issues/coyote.html.
Remembering why we serve
by Lt. Col. Victor Moncrieffe his parents were serving or had served in the been lost to an improvised explosive device To this day, the picture of Spec. Dane R.
Aviano AB, Italy military. attack in Iraq ... it was the young man I had Balcon remains a permanent ﬁxture on my
His mother explained that her son wanted met in the elevator almost a year earlier, killed desk to remind me that freedom is indeed not
In the summer of 2006, while assigned to to join the Army as his father did and I could in action at 19 years old. free, but has a price. That price is paid in the
the U.S. Air Force Academy, I met a young tell he was excited about the opportunity of Although very difﬁcult for me, out of re- air, land and sea by the men and women in
man who reinforced the reason why I serve. serving as well. However, by the expressions spect I attended the wake and stood in line uniform who serve our great country around
I was about to enter an elevator when he on the mother’s face, I could also tell she had to provide my condolences to the family. It the world making sacrifices every day to
and his mother, an instructor at the academy, concerns about her son’s plans of service. She was a closed casket. When it was my turn, preserve our nation’s values and our way of
walked in to ascend to the upper ﬂoors of the knew we were a nation at war and there was the mother saw me and immediately screamed life.
academic building. The mother introduced me no doubt in her mind that her son would do out “You know, you know” repeatedly as I While there may be various personal reasons
to her son and I could already size him up as his part. embraced her and shared in her grief. why some serve, (ﬁnances, education, opportunity,
an upright young man who was a poster child As we stopped at the designated floor, I In the ﬁve-minute meeting inside the eleva- travel, etc.), I believe we ultimately serve because
for military service. once again shook this young man’s hand, re- tor she knew that I could tell what kind of man of the belief that there is something bigger than our-
As I shook his hand, he informed me that minded him that the Air Force was still hiring, her son was and to what lengths he would go selves that’s worth defending. Call it patriotism, a
he was about to graduate high school and was but ultimately wished him the best of luck in to serve his country. She knew that I knew way of life, freedom, the fact remains that those
contemplating a life in uniform. I took the op- his future endeavors. His smile and ﬁrm hand that her son didn’t serve for prestige, money, of us in uniform, regardless of specialty, serve for
portunity to try to recruit the young man into shake said it all. or medals, but did what thousands of young the greater good. That’s what Specialist Balcon
the Air Force and that’s when I learned that On Sept. 5, 2007, the news spread that a men and women across our nation do every believed and that’s what I believe as well.
he came from a proud military family as both child of an Air Force Academy instructor had day: serve the greater good. So I ask you, why do you serve?
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Briefs We graduated another Air Force Test
On The Edge-The History of the
Pilot School class June 13
by Maj. Gen. David Eichhorn fourth point. While the best things in life may make it all worthwhile.
Air Force Flight Test Center. This
commander, Air Force Flight Test Center be free, the people who keep them free have Colonel Borman spoke of why we ﬂy - for
documentary, produced by the Ed-
wards History Ofﬁce, uses historic had to sacriﬁce. They lived service before Family, Country and Religion. And what al-
The USAF Test Pilot School Class 08B self for the greater and the long-term good. lows us to enjoy and celebrate those three
video and photographs to tell the graduated June 13.
story of the development of the Air As with all service, there is Risk - Colonel elements of our lives? Freedom! Without
The class picked Lt. Col. Pete Everest as
Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Borman’s last point. freedom, people are wrenched from their
their distinguished alumni and asked retired
Air Force Base. Running time is 56 Col. Frank Borman to be their guest speaker. To the military, it’s literally life and death. families, the populace is suppressed and re-
minutes. Both really great choices! But in ﬂight test, we’ve all seen these last ligion is viewed as a threat to the state. Free-
Airs daily at 1 and 7 p.m. Also, Lt. Gen. Allen Peck, the Air University three months, it takes all of us, civilian as dom is what it’s all about! Colonel Borman
look for look for Dateline Edwards Commander, joined us and did the honors well as military, to keep us safe to ﬂy another said it better than I ever could, but I hope
News Briefs and other programming “by the powers granted him by Congress” in day. No pain - no gain! No risk - no reward! you’ve caught the ﬂavor of his remarks.
at the top of each hour. Nightly: see awarding the class a masters degree in Flight There will be days such as we’ve had lately, Which brings me back to: IKMSR - F, C,
the Pentagon Channel from 8 p.m. Test Engineering. The ﬁfth such award we’ve where the pain is greater than the gain. When R -> Freedom! That’s how I remembered
to 5 a.m. made - three during graduation and two ret- the risk is realized and it’s no longer a “risk,” Colonel Borman’s insightful comments.
roactive. Fantastic! It’s a reality. Keep the big picture in mind. God bless America and the Air Force Flight
Estate notice Then General Peck recognized Colonel No one, and I mean no one, is better suited to Test Center. We are the Flight Test Nation!
Col. Jerry Gandy, 95th Air Base Borman. He told us of Colonel Borman’s take the risk than us and the gains over time manage the risk and be safe!
Wing commander, has appointed space exploits, such as how his crew was
Capt. Robert Volesky, 411th Flight the ﬁrst to orbit a celestial body other than
Test Squadron, as the summary Earth (the moon). Can you imagine the thrill
court officer to assist in settling and the stress of the ﬁrst multiple orbits of
Maj. Graziano’s estate. the moon made by his crew and being the
To make a claim or to pay off a ﬁrst in history to view “earth rises?” General
debt to Graziano’s estate, call 275- Peck and Dr. Bruce Murphy, AU chief aca-
4606. demic ofﬁcer, presented an honorary degree
to Colonel Borman. Awesome!
Operational Readiness Colonel Borman, as the guest speaker,
Exercise then spoke to the class about what’s really
An Operational Readiness Exer- important.
cise will be held June 22-26. The He started with Integrity.
emphasis of the exercise will be You have to call it like it is with the inten-
Force Protection and Antiterrorism, tion of serving the greater purpose, which in
which may cause delays at the gates the early days of ﬂight test, was about sav-
and base services. ing lives. Today, I’d argue it’s equally about
Base Employees are reminded saving money. Think about it; getting more
to be vigilant for slow-moving or bang for the buck means more can be bought
stopped trafﬁc as they approach the for the same amount. That also saves lives by
gates and allow extra time to get to ensuring as much of the proper equipment,
work. as is possible, is bought.
Then Colonel Borman spoke of Knowl-
Career Fair edge.
The Edwards Air Force Base De- You can have all the integrity in the world,
fense Technology and Intelligence but if you don’t have the knowledge (i.e.
Career Fair is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June you don’t know what you’re talking about) Air Force photograph by Mike Yncera
23 at the Oasis Community Cen- you’re not credible. This leads to wasting
Col.(ret) Frank Borman,
ter. people’s time and distracting them from go-
Test Pilot School
The career fair is being sponsored ing after the things that really matter. Getting
graduation guest speaker,
by the Edwards Top 3, and is only a masters degree from the world’s premier
stands before the
open to job seekers that already have ﬂight test school certainly shows we’ve pro-
audience June 13. The
access to a government military site vided the base for knowledge, and we don’t
graduating class received
(military ID or CAC card). distract. a masters degree in Flight
For a list of exhibitors, jobs be- Next, he spoke of Mission. Mission is what Test Engineering. In his
ing offered and to pre-register, visit supplies the focus to our efforts. There’s only speech, Colonel Borman
www.transitioncareers.com. so much time in the day and scattered efforts addressed Family, Country
dilute if not completely derail progress on and Religion, things he
what’s important. If it’s important it’s worthy said are the reason we ﬂy.
of Sacriﬁce, which was Colonel Borman’s
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4 Desert Eagle June 19, 2009
Reducing energy usage saves Edwards money
by Diane Betzler California electrical grid, an event that threatens the golden power if they reduce that usage during peak demand hours.
staff writer state every summer. Peak hours most often run from noon to 8 p.m., Monday
Ron Ryan, who manages the Supervisory Control and Data through Friday, and are the hours most frequently bid on.
With the cool and breezy days we’ve been enjoying so far, Acquisition and the Energy Management Control Systems on “We consider base activity and weather when determin-
most folks aren’t yet thinking about the sun-baked swelter- base, explained just what civil engineering and people who ing our bid,” Ryan explained. He said if they can reach 50
ing days ahead that summer 2009 is sure to bring to the high live and work on base can do to help combat the anticipated percent of their bid, they win.
desert and Edwards Air Fore Base. problem. “For each kWh we reduce from the baseline, SCE gives
The spring-like conditions, however, aren’t fooling the For starters, Ryan explained, the base has entered into a Edwards a credit of 50 cents,” Ryan explained. He said dur-
civil engineering folks who manage the energy and utilities Southern California Edison-sponsored program called the ing the last DBP event, which occurred on June 4, Edwards
usage on base. It is their job to do what it takes to reduce Demand Bid Program. The DBP is a program that offers a garnered $11,526 in direct credits by reducing consumption
the power consumption and help prevent an overload on the ﬁnancial incentive to customers that use a large amount of by 23,052 kWh in just four hours. “That’s enough electricity
to run 23 homes for one month,” he said.
Ryan said that last year Edwards saved more than $35,000
for their participation in the DBP. He said this year they are
expecting to have about 12 DBP events, which, he said, could
earn Edwards a tremendous savings on its total utility bill, a
bill that normally runs about $20 million a year.
“Therefore any kind of reduction can save Edwards a lot
of money,” he said.
“We approach management of our reduction using real time
metering and controlling air conditioning systems throughout
the base to achieve our goal,” Ryan said, adding that the most
important element in reducing energy consumption is the
participation of Team Edwards.
The “Team Edwards” Ryan is talking about includes the
folks who live on base and the companies that operate their
businesses here as well.
Photograph by Diane Betzler
Base residents, contractors and other business operations
Ron Ryan from civil engineering can help tremendously by becoming more energy conscien-
who manages the EMCS and tious, Ryan said. He said there are a lot of little things people
SCADA systems, checks the can do to help the cause.
energy being used on base at a “One sure way to help conserve energy would be to switch
given time through a monitoring from using regular light bulbs to using the energy-saving
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ENERGY, from 4
AAFES holiday hours compact ﬂuorescent bulbs, which are more Ryan said trimming 15 minutes from dif- “Be aware of the energy that you’re us-
The Edwards Army and Air Force commonly known as CFL bulbs.” ferent sources saves a lot of money and said ing, air conditioning, televisions, lights, etc.,
Exchange Facility will observe the Ryan asks that folks restrict the use of when rotating the sources that they cut con- do you turn them off when not in use?” he
following large appliances during peak hours and con- sumption from, people don’t even notice. questioned.
operating hours over the Fourth of serve on their water usage as well. “After Ryan and his team ask that people become He said another big help would be for peo-
July Weekend. all, it takes electricity to pump the water aware of their energy footprint at any given ple to report anything they see that’s out of
throughout the base,” he pointed out. An- timej. the norm, “If you see outside lights on during
The Edwards Main Store, Armed other energy-conserving tip is that people the day, if you’re aware of a building being
Forces Bank, Car Care Center, Pop- should wait for the evening hours to turn on cooled or heated at night or on weekends,
eye’s, their dishwashers and should wash clothes or if you notice landscaping being watered
Charley’s, Taco Bell and Baskin on weekends or after 8 p.m. during the heat of the day, those are the type
Robbins will be open from 10 a.m. He asks folks to set their home and busi- of things that should be reported,” he said, so
to 4 p.m., July 3 and 4. ness thermostats to 78 degrees during sum- that those events can be readjusted.
The Shoppette will be open from 7 mer and to 68 in winter, and said if your Ryan also said if people want help on how
a.m. to 9 p.m., and the Pizza Hut residence or ofﬁce is unoccupied, then set to reduce their energy footprint they can con-
will be open from noon to 6 p.m. the thermostats to 85 degrees in the summer tact civil engineering and someone will work
Burger King will be open from 8 and 55 degrees in the winter. with them to come up with an energy-saving
a.m. to 2 p.m. Starbucks will be open Using SCADA and EMCS, which is an plan.
from industrial control system, a computer sys- A good way to communicate with civil en-
6 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 3, and will be tem that collects data from various sensors gineering is through Eddie Kilowatt, “Send
closed July 4. in buildings and sends that data to a central an email to email@example.com.
The base theater will be open July computer which then manages and controls The team of engineers are also open to
3, but closed July 4. the data, Ryan and his team - which consists suggestions, “If someone has a good idea, we
The following AAFES facilities of two control technicians, Jay Vincelette and want to know about it,” Ryan said, he said
will be closed on both days: Troop Ken Harnos, and Minta Huddleston, who civil engineering doesn’t have a monopoly
Store, also manages EMCS and SCADA - together on good ideas and urged folks to share their
Anthony’s Pizza, Robin Hood, monitor energy usage throughout the base all energy-saving concepts.
Mary’s Place, South Base, NASA year round. Ryan also wants people to understand that
Food Court and all Concessions. “During demand reduction events, we can anytime they can reduce their use of energy,
control the systems and reset the thermo- they are also reducing our dependency on oil
stats,” Ryan said. and are reducing pollution as well.
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Air Force ofﬁcials release technical sergeant selections
Air Force ofﬁcials selected 7,724 of 37,172 nical sergeant will be promoted according to promotion release date. AFPC ofﬁcials will taken to deliver personnel services via 24/7
eligible staff sergeants for promotion to tech- their promotion sequence number beginning notify airmen, via military personnel ﬂights Web-based personnel information.
nical sergeant for a selection rate of 20.78 in August. and military personnel elements, if their se- For more information, visit the enlisted
percent. As a reminder, the selections are tentative lection is in question. promotions page on AFPC’s “Ask” Web site
The average score for those selected was until the data veriﬁcation process is com- The virtual promotion release is one of or call the 24-hour Total Force Service Cen-
319.69, with an average time in grade and
plete, which is no later than 10 days after the the many technological initiatives AFPC has ter at (800) 525-0102.
time in service of 5.68 and 10.85 years respec-
tively. The average score was based on the
following point averages: 133.29 for enlisted
performance reports, 67.67 for the promotion
ﬁtness exam, 56.78 for the specialty knowl-
Thirty-seven Edwards E-5s selected
edge test, 40.54 for time in grade, 23.95 for Thirty-seven Edwards staff sergeants Dustin A. Hurlbut - 412th LTS John R. Laurence - 31st TES
time in service and 5.36 for decorations. have been selected for promotion to tech- David P. Irons - 412th AMXS Akisha W. Liggens - 95th Medical Op-
The technical sergeant promotion list will nical sergeant. The selectees are: Daphne L. Jaehn - 412th AMXS erations Squadron
be released publicly Jun 18 at 8 a.m. Central Jarrod A. Krasutsky - 412th LTS Luis R. Magana - 95th Aerospace
Time on the Air Force Personnel Center’s Robert J. Alford - 412th Aircraft Main- Dustin P. Krueger - 31st TES Medicine Squadron
public Web site and on AFPC’s “Ask” site at tenance Squadron Nicholas C. Lage - 412th AMXS Mitchell S. Mason - 31st TES
Spotlight and Enlisted Promotions. Patrick S. Arndt - 416th Flight Test Christopher Miller - 95th CS
“This release has special signiﬁcance be- Squadron David A. Ogden - 412th LTS
cause it is the ﬁrst time in 12 years that the Jonathan R. Baker - 95th Security Joshua R. Renick - 412th MXS
Air Force has not released the master ser- Forces Squadron Joshua L. Rickard - 31st TES
geant and technical sergeant selection lists at Joseph V. Barnes - 95th Communica- Bobby S. Rodriguez - 31st TES
the same time,” said CMSgt. Michael Hall, tions Squadron Laron D. Russell - 95th AMDS
the enlisted promotions and military testing Martin Bermudez - 412th AMXS James W. Shepherd - 95th Air Base
branch chief. Kenji L. Blackwell - 412th AMXS Wing
In 1997, the master sergeant and technical John K. Campos - 95th CS Timothy J Sparrow - AMC Test &
sergeant promotion release dates were com- Jessica R. Carper - 412th Logistics Evaluation Squadron
bined to streamline the release procedure. Test Squadron Stephanie Spiegel - 412th LTS
However, since the inception of the virtual Bryce C. Davis - 412th LTS John W. Strausbaugh - 412th Flight
Enlisted Promotion Release Application, Air Jason W. Detullio - 412th LTS Test Squadron
Force Personnel Center ofﬁcials have made Maria A. Ferrer - 95th CS Anthony Lee Ta - 412th AMXS
great strides to improve the promotion re- Kenneth E. Gettler - 412th LTS Larry L. Walthour - 95th Force Sup-
lease process. Dayna R. Greene - 95th Medical Sup- port Squadron
At 9 a.m. CST on June 18, airmen can ac- port Squadron Thomas C. Watts - 31st TES
cess their score notices on virtual MPF and Eduardo Herrero - 95th SFS Daniel A. Wowk - 412th FTS
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June 19, 2009 Desert Eagle 7
ANGEL, from 1
Construction site ing to attempt tonight. The base has been fantastic, probably
the experience we’ve ever had working with any military
“We wish the best of luck to all personnel and their fami-
lies,” said Baram. “We would like to ask them to watch our
driving safety For the stunt, Angel was to walk across seven levels of a
mine ﬁeld; an act which he said would be more dangerous
premier Aug. 12 on (The Arts & Entertainment channel)”
Before leaving the autograph signing, Angel talked about
As many of you are aware, many roads on base how much he appreciates the sacriﬁces made by everyone in
than anything he’s ever performed.
are under construction with many more upcom- the Armed forces as well as their families.
“I’m going to try to avoid literally being blown up by an
ing. “To all the men and women who are serving this country
IED,” said Angel. “I’m going to try to walk over seven levels
Rosamond, Lancaster and Fitzgerald Boule- of mines and not get blown up. Usually, when I do a stunt, throughout the world, I would like to say thank you from
vards as well as the South Gate and North Gate if I’m wrong it’s a huge embarrassment, but this time it’s a the bottom of my heart for your sacriﬁce dedication and for
all currently remain operational while under con- life or death situation.” your love and passion for this amazing country,” said Angel.
struction. The material ﬁlmed here will air during the Criss Angel “I’m just honored and privileged to be an American and be
While keeping those roads open avoids large Mindfreak season ﬁve one-hour season premiere Aug. 12. here today.”
detours and makes traveling around base more
convenient, when driving in construction zones
drivers need to focus your attention to the road
and the potential dangers at hand.
When driving in a construction zone, the driver
should do the following:
· Dedicate your full attention to the road.
· Disengage from distracting activities, such as
changing the radio stations, adjusting the air con- Air Force photograph by
ditioner or using a hands free calling device. Mike Yncera
· Concentrate on driving rather than passengers Criss Angel, star
do not let interruptions take the attention from of the television
the road. show Mindfreak,
· Pay attention to signs, cones and ﬂaggers. shakes hands with
· Watch out for workers in the zone and their the family member
equipment. of a deployed
Construction zones are well coned, signed and visited Edwards
visible from a distance. It is up to the driver to June 15 to ﬁlm
make the decision to be proactive. Slow down, the one-hour
obey the signs, allow extra time to get to your season premiere
destination and above all, focus on the road. of his show’s ﬁfth
You are invited to
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Airman and Family Readiness Child Development Center dren’s Buffet (each additional child is $3.95 health; Cardiac health and importance of reg-
550 S. Bailey Ave., Bldg. 7020, 277- 1208 W. Fitzgerald Blvd., Bldg 6457 275- and all kids under 6 years old are free). Non- ular checkups; Prostate health information;
0723 8687 club members: Children 6-10 years $3.95, General nutrition/muscle building; Physical
and all kids under 6 $2. Buffet only - no other activity/weight lifting; and Other services
Operating hours - The Airman and Fam- Healthy Habits Cultural Cookbook - Ends dining room menu available. available to men.
ily Readiness Center hours of operation are June 19. Attention all CDC Parents, please Mongolian BBQ Buffet - 5-8 p.m., June June 24 - 6:30-8:30 a.m. There will be
now 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, contribute a healthy recipe representing your 25. an unmanned information table targeted
Thursday and Friday; and 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., cultural and/or family traditions. We will then Club Scholarship - Get your share of to Military PT performance improvement
Wendesday. compile our annual CDC Cultural Cookbook $25,000 in scholarship awards. Accepting with information such as: Fitness/endur-
Sponsorship Training - June 23, 11 a.m. to distribute at the end of the month Parent essay submissions until July 1. You can ance/strength improvement; Nutrition for
This training is mandatory for all unit spon- Snack. be one of 25 students selected to receive a endurance and fitness performance; and
sors. Parent Snack - June 26. See individual $1000 scholarship give away as part of the Proper form for PT test tasks (i.e. pushups,
Hearts Apart - June 26, 5-7 p.m. A sup- classroom for snack times. Parents please Air Force Club Membership Scholarship crunches, running.
port group for spouses, family members and join us for snack and remember to pick up Program. Current Air Force Club members
friends of deployed military members. a copy of the CDC Healthy Habits Cultural and their families (e.g. spouse, son, daughter, High Desert Lanes Bowling
Cookbook. stepson, and stepdaughter) who have been
accepted by or are enrolled in an accredited
Arts and Crafts Center 205 Fitzgerald, 275-BOWL
200 Methusa Rd., 275-ARTS college or university for entry during the fall
Club Muroc of 2009 term as a part-time or full-time stu-
Wheelchair access - The bowling center
Inventory Sale - For the entire month 275 Manzanita Way, 275-CLUB dent are eligible.
now has wheelchair ramps available to sup-
of June. We will sell custom made frames To enter, just write and submit an essay
port your perfect game. Call for more details
ranging from $1.50 to $10. Gorgeous custom Friday Night Splash Night - June 19, 5-8 on CD of 500 words or less, on this year’s
at 275-BOWL (2965).
frames at give-away prices! We will also be p.m. Join us for our ﬁrst SPLASH NIGHT. topic “The High Cost of Freedom”. Be sure
selling our ceramic molds at $1.50 per mold FREE swimming for all - Bounce’s for the to include name, word-count and entry form.
The Air Force Club Membership scholarship Information, Tickets and
with more than 800 to choose from! Hurry kid’s. Cook your own steak - members $7
and stop by soon! These are available on a and non-members $9. program is just one more valuable beneﬁt of Travel
ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve basis. Poolside Refreshments - As well as offer- your Club Membership. Submit your entry 205 W. Popson Ave., 275 - TRIP
Instructors and Volunteers Needed - Your ing our Sonic Splash menu, poolside refresh- to the 95th Force Support Squadron Muroc
Arts & Crafts Center is looking for instruc- ments, such as soda, chips, candy, popcorn Club Manager, Bldg 5600 by July 1, 2009. La Cereza Wine Tasting in Temecula -
tors or volunteers to teach wood shop and and ice cold beer, will be offered to Muroc Final scholarship awards for school year June 20. Departs at 7 a.m., return 7 at p.m.
pottery classes. We have a wonderful facility Pool patrons during pool operating hours. 2009-2010 will be announced by Sept. 19, $60 per person - Minimum of 13 - 15 partici-
for the crafter to be taught and to be inspired. Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet - 10 a.m.- 1 2009. pants required. Must be at least 21 years old.
Are you crafty in other areas of fun? Please p.m., June 21; reservations required by June For rules or entry forms, visit Club Muroc Join us for a day of wine tasting without hav-
visit us and let’s talk about programs for the 19. Treat Dad and the family to our Father’s or visit us online at www.afclubs.net. ing to worry about the drive down. The price
shop. For more information, call Tina Dorff Day Breakfast Buffet. includes six tastes of wine at La Cereza, six
at 275-ARTS. Dads who are Club Members eat free. Fitness and Sports Center tastes at their sister winery, Maurice Car’rie
Adults $8.95, members discount is $2. Youth 210 W. Popson Ave., 275-GYM1 and a complimentary glass. Also enjoy the
Auto Hobby 13-16, $4.95; Children ages 5-12, $2.95; kids vendor booths at the wineries where you can
Drop Box Program - Auto Hobby has under 5 are free. Men’s Health Month get food, or bring a picnic basket to enjoy
a new drop box available for your vehicle Menu: An array of breakfast items, omelet June 23 - 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a a nice meal. Sorry no children, strollers or
keys for drop off. The drop box is located and wafﬂe station Beverage station with cof- table or two available at the Rosburg Fitness babies allowed.
outside the Auto Hobby building for your fee, orange juice and champagne Center to present and discuss information Las Vegas Turnaround - June 26, sign up
vehicle services. Stop by the day before to Family Night Buffet - 5-8 p.m., June 23. related to the following subjects: General See ANNOUNCEMENTS, Page 9
ﬁll out a work order and drop your keys in Lots of Pasta Buffet
the drop box next day and we’ll take care Members only: With the purchase of an
of the rest. For more information, call 275-
adult meal, up to two children (ages 6-10
years) can have a free meal from the Chil-
Book donation offers opportunity
for CCAF degree
Chapels Education ofﬁce at 277-7363.
Chapel 1: 15 N. Popson Ave. eDGe youth Bible study and fellowship
Chapel 2 : 10 Park Dr., 277-2110 for grades 7-12 meets 12:30-2 p.m., Sunday
with lunch provided. For more information,
Protestant Worship Services call the Protestant Religious Education of-
Sundays ﬁce at 277-7363. CMSgt. Mark
Gospel - 8 a.m., Chapel 1 Brejcha (left),
Traditional - 11 a.m., Chapel 2 Catholic Programs 412th Test Wing
Contemporary - 5 p.m., Chapel 2 Catholic Religious Education Classes for command chief,
ages 4 plus are 10:30-11:3 a.m., Sunday at talks with Trenea
Catholic Masses Chapel 2. Smart, GEICO ﬁeld
Sundays Catholic Youth of the Chapel meets representative, as
9 a.m., Chapel 2 12:30 p.m., the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the he carries a box
5 p.m., Chapel 1 month at Chapel 2. of books donated
Monday - Thursday by the insurance
11:30 a.m., Chapel 2 Other Services company. The books
Sacrament of Reconciliation Muslim Prayer Services are 12:15-12:45 were donated to
Sundays, 4:15-4:45 p.m., Chapel 1. p.m., Monday-Friday at Chapel 1. the Cerra Cosa
This is also available during the week, For Friday prayers, sermon begins at Community College,
please call for an appointment. 12:15 p.m. in support of the
For more information, call Mr. Elmasry Edwards Year of
Chapel programs at 277-8657. the CCAF Degree
Protestant Programs For Jewish Services, call the Jewish Lay Initiative. The
AWANA meets 6 p.m., Thursday. AWA- Leader, Lt Michael Rosenof at 275-5534. program is intended
NA is a Protestant Christian Bible club Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic and other to encourage airmen
for children age 3 to grade 12. For more denominations may call the Chapel at 277- to pursue their
information, call the Protestant Religious 2110 for more information. CCAF degree.
Air Force photograph by Mike Cassidy
June 19, 2009 Desert Eagle 9
ANNOUNCEMENTS, from 8 Pro Shop Inventory Sale - Entire month of June. Every item Seven days a week, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
by June 23. Depart 1 p.m.; return 6 a.m., June 27. Cost is $30 in the Pro Shop is on sale! Stop by and check out our super
per person - Minimum of 13- 15 participants required. blow out specials. Muroc Pool Hours
Tuesday-Thursday: noon-6 p.m.
Oasis Community Center Friday: noon-8 p.m.
Children’s Library Closed on Mondays and weekends
1100 Kincheloe Ave., Bldg. 7210, 275-READ 205 W. Popson Ave., 275-CNTR
Father’s Day Cookout - June 20, noon-5 p.m. Come join Landsailing - June 20 - Depart noon, returns at 5 p.m. Cost
Summer Reading Program - June 19-Aug. 7. Wednesday’s is $25 - includes transportation and basic safety equipment.
at 10 a.m. there will be story time with special events happen- a day of fun where there will be a barbecue and Sports &
Hobby Shop vendors on site - Doodle Dragons & Collect- Join us for a day of landsailing on Roger’s Dry Lakebed on
ing on Friday’s at 10 a.m. Flyers will be given out weekly at South Base. Bring drinking water, sun screen, eye protection
the Children’s Library for each week’s event. ibles, Battle Grounds Comics and more.
Chess Club Meeting - June 24, 6 p.m. Open to all ages. (i.e. sunglasses or goggles) and a lunch or snacks. Sign up
Call Of Duty 4’ Xbox Tournament - June 27, noon. Cost early at Outdoor Recreation, group size is limited and these
Muroc Lake Golf Course is $5 - Sign up by June 24. This is an individual competition trips ﬁll up fast.
111 Crest Dr., 275-PUTT where the winner and runner up will receive a prize - with Silverwood Lake Father’s Day Fishing Trip - June 20
the winner receiving a trophy. - Depart 8 a.m., return at 6 p.m. Cost is $30 and includes
New Carts - The golf course has two new carts for those transportation. Come out for a day of ﬁshing at Silverwood
with handicaps. The cart is a solo-rider that is used by am- Lake where you can catch Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass,
putees or people with disabilities who have trouble with Outdoor Recreation Crappie, Trout, Catﬁsh, Bluegill and Carp. (Fishing poles and
mobility. There is a lift seat that swivels around allowing 1100 Kincheloe Ave., 275-CAMP
nets can be provided but supplies are limited - ﬁshing permits
the golfer to stand in an upright position in order to swing are required at Silverwood Lake and are not included)
and hit the ball. Contact Muroc Lake Golf Course at 275- Lemonade Monday’s at Sonic Pool - Mondays in June,
Tehachapi Mountain Park Day Hike - June 26, departs
PUTT (7888) 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sonic Pool is offering free lemonade to pa-
7 a.m. Cost is $10 and includes transportation. Join us for
Father’s Day Golf Tournament - June 21, 7:30-11:30 a.m. trons.
a hike on the Nuooah Nature Trail, part of the Tehachapi
Cost: $45 - includes green fees, golf cart and breakfast/lunch. Flotation Friday’s at Sonic and Muroc Pools - Every
Mountain Park. Bring drinking water, sun screen, eye protec-
Format: Two-man scramble. Friday in June. Come ﬂoat around Sonic and Muroc Pool
with your own ﬂoats. No water wings allowed. tion (i.e. sunglasses) and a lunch or snacks.
SCUBA Classes - SCUBA classes are from beginner to
Sandbagger Grill advance through Outdoor Recreation. Contact Dan Reinke at
Father’s Day Breakfast Special - 6:30-11 a.m., June 21. Oasis Aquatic Center Hours
(661)609-3803 for more information on class schedules.
Muroc Lake Golf Course & Sandbagger Grill would like Lap swim Monday - Friday 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and
to wish all father’s a very Happy Father’s day by honoring 3-7 p.m.
Rod and Gun
them with a FREE breakfast. Come on in and celebrate the Closed on weekends & holidays
“Big 50” - Every Thursday in June. The “Big 50” is an
day with us. Fathers will also receive FREE driving range ATA Registered shoot in which each participant shoots 50
tokens and FREE carts for their round of golf. Sonic Pool Hours
Pro Shop Starting June 5 See ANNOUNCEMENTS, Page 10
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ANNOUNCEMENTS, from 9
single targets, 50 double targets and 50 tar- Family Advocatey
gets from their handicapped position.
Scorpion’s Nest - Open Paintball - June The Dads: In a nutshell course will
20, 2-8 p.m. take place Aug. 12 and 19 for expect-
Archery - Outdoor Recreation is looking ant and new dads. For more information,
for interested members (military, civilian, call 277-5292.
retired, etc.) to re-start the Archery Club at
Rod & Gun. Anyone with Archery experi- A couple’s communication class is
ence or new comers to the sport is welcome held on the last Thursday and Friday of
to join. Contact Outdoor Recreation for more each month. For More Information, call
Volunteers Wanted - Outdoor Recreation
is looking for a few good volunteers. Are you 123 Parenting Magic is a humorous
knowledgeable in hiking, climbing, camping, look at parenting and a serious look at
rafting, kayaking, or any other Recreational nurturing for the 2-12 year-old child. For
Adventure? Contact Outdoor Recreation at more information, call 277-5292.
tunity to learn and experience basic photog-
Teen Center raphy skills. See Ms. Sarah for details.
100 Kincheloe Ave., Bldg. 7211, 275- Cinemark 22 Movie Trip - June 26; Movie
8336 and times too be announced. Stop by the front
desk for a permission slip and more details. Courtesy photograph
Photography Camp - June 22-26, 8 a.m.- SuperSitters Class - June 29 and 30, 9
noon, daily. Free to ages 13-18 years. Atten-
tion all shutterbugs! Here is your chance to
learn some great photography techniques that
a.m.-noon, Youth Programs Annex. Course
cost is $20 - Ages 11-18 years. Sign up at the
Main Youth Center - Class size limited. The
AFRC offers some
will help capture great moments just like a
real pro. The camp will be based at the Teen
Center with excursion trips both on and off
babysitter’s course is to provide youth with
the information and skills necessary to pro-
vide safe and responsible care for children
in the absence of parents or guardians. This
training will help participants develop skills Ashley Breen, Edwards 2009 junior miss and Darrel Burns, Airman and Family
Youth Programs Readiness Center chief pose for a picture during a recent community outreach
in the following ﬁve critical areas: leader-
project. Ashley recently assisted personnel at the Family Readiness Center here
24 Lathrop Dr., 275-5437 ship, safety, safety play, basic care and pro-
prepare diaper bags for families. The project helped displaced foster babies and
families in need.
4-H Photography Club - June 24, 3:30-5
p.m., Club Room. outh will have the oppor- See ANNOUNCEMENTS, Page 11
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ANNOUNCEMENTS, from 10
DeCA accepting Model Building Club - Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m., Club Room.
Youth can choose from several plastic models as well as learn
Youth Center or if you sign up early online, you can receive
a free jersey shirt at www.challengersports.com
commissary building techniques, with the end product being their very
own. See Mr. Tony for details and to sign up.
Soccer registration - June 220 July 31 for children ages
certiﬁchecks Open Recreation Swim Days - Tuesday and Thursday,
Soccer coaches wanted - The Youth Center is looking for
highly motivated people to coach soccer this year. The season
The Defense Commissary Agency will accept out- 1 pm - 3:30 pm will start the ﬁrst weekend of September. If you have any
standing CertiﬁCheck gift certiﬁcates from authorized questions or would like to sign up, contact Emil Graves at
customers thanks to a plan approved today by the De- Youth Sports 277-8961.
partment of Defense. FitFactor Fridays - Every Friday from 3:15-5 p.m. Join us
The approved plan allows DeCA commissaries to hon- British Soccer Camp - Aug. 3-7. Get an early start on The in the Gym. Be Active and Eat Healthy to reach the FitFactor
or CertiﬁCheck gift checks now through July 31, 2009. British Soccer Camp - Don’t miss out on this great chance to Levels and Earn Prizes! You can ﬁnd more information at
“I am happy to report that DeCA and DOD have found be coached by pros from the United Kingdom. Sign up at the http://www.afgetﬁt.com.
a way that we can honor our customers’ unredeemed
certiﬁchecks,” said DeCA Director and CEO Philip E.
Sakowitz Jr. “We have been deeply concerned about how
this situation has impacted our customers worldwide, and
we’re happy that we’ve been able to ﬁnd a solution.”
CertiﬁChecks Inc., the Dayton, Ohio, company that
Men’s Health Month
has issued the commissary gift checks since 2002, an-
nounced Feb. 26 on its Web site that it had ceased opera- July is Men’s Health Month and this year the information is being brought to the guys.
tions and was ﬁling Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Fitness Center will be hosting a variety of health fair activities over two days.
Since then, DeCA had been working non-stop with June 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
DOD ofﬁcials to settle on a legal recourse it could of- There will be a variety of tables and give-a-ways representing all the health and wellness-related
fer its customers left holding the unredeemable certiﬁ-
checks. services on base. Topics will range from cardiac and prostate health to nutrition and bodybuilding
DeCA will be allowed to absorb the losses incurred to the wide variety of services available on base for men.
from honoring the certiﬁcates from its Defense Working June 24, 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Capital Fund, Resale Stocks Account, Defense ofﬁcials
said. The DWCF was established to allow the federal
The Fitness Center will have an information table about general ﬁtness and weight lifting.
government purchase and repair activities to account During lunch time at the HAWC, the Civilian Health Promotion Service Nurse will present a
for costs and revenue as if they were commercial busi- class covering various men’s health-related topics.
nesses. The focus of this year’s Men’s Health Fair is to provide the information and support needed to
Since 2002, more than $20 million in gift certiﬁcates
have been purchased for authorized customers, including achieve individual health and ﬁtness goals.
more than $3.9 million in ﬁscal 2008. For more information, contact the HAWC at 277-8480.
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12 Desert Eagle June 19, 2009
Disabled veteran discusses life after the military
by A1C William O’Brien down the street has become a challenge. Not physically, but “I was heartbroken. I was doing a job I loved and worked with
95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs mentally. people who respected my abilities,” he said. “But now I would
“I am constantly thinking that someone around me is going have to start over.”
An Army Specialist at Forward Operating Base Salerno, blow up their car,” said Ramlu. “At trafﬁc lights, if someone Unsure where to turn and laden with his disability, Ramlu had
Afghanistan, in 2006 was on a three-vehicle convoy operation crosses in the crosswalk I think they’re going to blow them- difﬁculty ﬁnding a job.
when, out of nowhere came a white station wagon slammed into selves up.” “I was overwhelmed,” he said. “I thought ‘what am I sup-
one of the convoy vehicle and exploded.
That experience left him uneasy around strangers, but another posed to do now?”
As if the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device wasn’t
experience from his deployment leaves him uneasy around his Through the AbilityOne Program, Ramlu was able to ﬁnd a
enough, the convoy came under further attack almost imme-
own family. job. AbilityOne is a program designed to help disabled veterans
diately. Attackers were shooting his fellow soldiers as more
explosions could be heard nearby. Former Spec. Alvin Ramlu, “I was working in the guard tower one morning and a little into the work force.
called in a medical evacuation, saving the lives of his fellow girl who looked about 10 to 12 years-old lined up with other “The AbilityOne Program hired me through Project Hire,”
Soldiers. For his actions, he was awarded the Combat Action workers outside the base waiting to be searched to come into he said. “They allow me to work with few needed accommoda-
Medal, but that wasn’t the only thing he brought back with him the base,” he recalled. “While (waiting), she exploded killing tions.”
when he returned from his deployment. about 12 to 20 people.” Though it doesn’t heal any injuries, it offers disabled veterans
That day at a glance, he seemed lucky as it appeared he had The ﬂashbacks from that even cause him to be on edge around the ability to work while they recover.
only sustained a bloody nose from his head striking the seat in all children; even his own sister. “I’m still going to therapy. And I still go to doctor’s appoint-
front of him. Otherwise there wasn’t a scratch or cut to be seen. “Now, I get ﬂashbacks of that scene,” he said. “When I am ments,” he said. “But I can also work and can be a productive
But what he would soon ﬁnd out was that just because it doesn’t around my little sister or other children I feel nervous. I try to tell member of society while I recover.”
bleed, it can still leave scars. myself ‘I’m not there anymore, I’m here.’ I try to control it.” Ramlu is grateful for his job, and the AbilityOne program that
Shortly after he returned, Ramlu was diagnosed with Trau- Ramlu said he doesn’t blame the Army for his injuries. He makes it possible for him to keep working.
matic Brain Injury, a condition caused by sudden head trauma said he appreciates what they did for him. “I know that I’ll be alright,” he said. “As long as I can work
that damages the brain. Soon after that he was also diagnosed “I loved the Army,” he said. “They treated me really good. and bring home a paycheck and the AbilityOne program makes
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They fed me, put clothes on my back. When my grandmother that possible for me and thousands of others who desperately
The combination of the PTSD and TBI make it nearly im- had a stroke they let me take emergency leave to go see her.” need it.”
possible to stop thinking that day and comparing it to everyday To his dismay, because of his disabilities, he was medically For more information about the AbilityOne Program, call
situations back at home. For him, a task as simple as driving retired. (800) 999-5963.
412th OSS makes quick work of 95th FSS
by A1C William O’Brien ship, but we will win a game this year.” tion and excitement.”
95th Air Base Wing Public Affairs The 412th OSS started slowly, only scoring four runs in the The 412th OSS made a coaching change recently. And with
ﬁrst inning. The 95th FSS responded quickly with a run of their the change, came success. The new coach is happy with his
After a recent change and subsequent roster reshufﬂe the own, the only one they would score until the third inning. teams play and he believes his team has the potential to make a
412th Operations Squadron only gave up three runs in four in- In the second inning, the 412th OSS continued to ﬁnd their run deep into the playoffs.
nings, a feat quite uncommon to slow pitch softball. stride, scoring ﬁve runs and six hits. The 95th FSS, on the other “I brought this team back to the basics,” said Hebler. “We
“We’ve got a couple of new players that came in and our hand, was only able to get three batters on-base before the in- held some much needed practices and I’ve seen major turn-
team has a lot of speed,” said Cliff Hebler, 412th OSS coach. ning closed. around by everybody. Our ﬁelding’s improved and so has our
“We’re moving up, right now I’d say were third or fourth best Increasing their lead, the 412th OSS added ﬁve runs to their batting. If we can continue our progression we can become a
in the league.” lead jumping ahead 14-1 going into the bottom of the fourth serious contender.”
Not discouraged by the loss, the rebuilding 95th FSS coach inning.
was proud of his team and predicted a win for his team by sea- The 95th FSS was able to get on track and score twice. It was
son’s end not enough though, as they were able to score nine and not give
“We played hard and we didn’t quit,” said Emil Graves 95th up any in the game’s ﬁnal inning, winning 23-3.
FSS coach. “I’m proud of our team this is our ﬁrst year playing “The lineup changes I’ve made have reenergized the team,”
together. Our team may not be in contention for the champion- said the 412th OSS coach. “They’re playing with more motiva-
Emil Graves 95th Force Support Squadron coach, runs
to catch a ﬂy ball in the outﬁeld. Despite their best efforts,
the 95th FSS wasn’t able to defeat the 412th Operations
Ernest Nelson, 412th Operations Squadron third baseman swings at a pitch. Nelson had a home run in the game. The Squadron, losing 23-3. The 95th FSS coach was proud of
412th OSS recently reshufﬂed their lineup named a new coach. The 412th OSS won the game 23-3. his team’s play and predicted a win by season’s end.
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