Edwards' Weekly Newsletter | Week of May 28

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June is Pride Month (see Events section)
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 2024 Team Edwards Squadron Throwdown

The 412th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron, AFMS - Edwards AFB - 412th Medical Group takes home the gold! Congratulations to the 412th OMRS for winning the second annual Team Edwards Squadron Throwdown.Thank you to all the competitors and supporters who came out to cheer on their squadrons. A special thank you to the organizers and 412th Force Support Squadron - Edwards AFB for putting together another world-class event.

EVENTS

 RETIREMENT --- Mr. Larry Wolford

Mr. Larry Wolford, Chief, Mission Assurance and Readiness, 412th Test Wing Plans and Programs, is retiring from federal service. Please join us in celebrating him and wishing him well in his next endeavor. 
WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 1 p.m. 
WHERE: Club Muroc Alliance Room
RSVP: https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/anim.cfm?i=867325&k=0A67450A7952

 RELEASE PARTY: Air Force’s newest Master Sgt. selects

The Air Force has selected 30 of our 412 TW teammates for promotion to Master Sergeant! Please join us in congratulating and celebrating with these Airmen!
WHEN: Friday, May 31. Be in place by 2:30 p.m. to receive SNCO brief; Starts at 3:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Club Muroc, Alliance Room
CONTACT: Master Sgt. Kalvin Moore
Monica Balcsik, 812 CES Michael Beck, 412 SFS Demarcus Black, 412 SFS Michael Blow, 412 MLXS Charles Brooks, 412 MXLS Dustin Bullock, 412 LRS Nicholas Carlas, 412 SFS Johnathan Colligan, 412 SFS Kevin Dacumos, 412 912 AMXS Richard Danelz, 418 FLTS Chad Dellamonica, 412 HCOS Kyle Dinger, 412 AMXS Scott Farrar, 412 AMXS Keegan Fox, 412 MXS Taylor Goodnight, 412 MXLS Joseph Griffin, 412 SFS Adam Huling, 412 MXS Taylor Hydrick. 412 TW Timothy Jacobs, 412 CPTS David Johnson, 412 AMXS Joshua Julias, 412 SFS Andrew Keepers, 418 FLTS Kayla Morris, 412 AMXS Patrick Murphy, 412 MXLS Ashley Knowland, USAF TPS David Powell, 412 MXG Matthew Priest, 912 AMXS Justin Rellin, 812 CES Shaun Sauvegeau, 412 AMXS Alexander Scott, 412 HCOS Charles Thornburg, 412 AMXS 

 Surfing --- Outdoor Recreation

WHAT: Go surfing with Outdoor Recreation. All equipment is provided. Transportation is included.
WHEN: Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
WHERE: Outdoor Recreation (205 W. Popson Ave, Bldg. 2500)
PRICE: $20 R4R | $130 All Others 
SIGN UP: πŸ“ž 275-CAMP by May 24

 A New Magic and Illusion Show by Mike Supper​

WHERE: Edwards AFB Theater
WHEN: Sunday, June 2 | Doors Open at 3 p.m. | The show starts at 4 p.m.
PRICE: Free
WHO: Family-friendly

 PRIDE MONTH 🏳️‍🌈 5K Color Run --- Volunteers needed

Get ready to kick off Pride month and run, walk, or jog through a kaleidoscope of colors as we come together to support diversity and inclusion.
WHEN: Thursday, June 6 (opening remarks 7 a.m.; run begins at 7:15 a.m.)
WHAT: PRIDE 5K Color Run
INCENTIVE: Participants receive a free 2024 Pride shirt (while supplies last).
WHERE: Base Gym (route provided at gym) 
CONTACT: liliana.islas@us.af.mil and erica.stith.1@us.af.mil

 Health and Wellness Fair 

WHEN: Friday, June 7
7:45 a.m. --- 5K Fun Run
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. --- Fair
WHERE: 30 Nightingale Road, Edwards AFB

 RETIREMENT --- Tech. Sgt. Jose Arispe Jr.

WHAT: Retirement, Tech. Sgt. Jose Arispe Jr., Weapons Safety Manager, 412th Test Wing
WHEN: Friday, June 7 at 11 a.m. Reception to follow until 2 p.m. 
WHERE: Hangar 1830, Edwards AFB
RSVP: by May 31 to TSgt Jessica Guerrero, 701-441-1109
E-INVITATION: https://einvitations.afit.edu/inv/index.cfm?i=869807&k=0A674B017B50

 PRIDE MONTH 🏳️‍🌈  Coffee Talks

Join the monthly DEIA Coffee Talk, an informal but guided discussion focused on the LGBTQ+ community. Sip on your favorite brew as we gather in a welcoming space for open dialogue, camaraderie, and connection.
WHEN: Tuesday, June 11, 8:30-9:30 a.m. 
WHAT: PRIDE Coffee Talks
WHERE: Starbucks
CONTACT: liliana.islas@us.af.mil and erica.stith.1@us.af.mil 

 Crystal Cove hike and beach day

WHEN: Friday, June 14 (meeting time is 7:30 a.m.)
WHO: E-4 and below Airmen
WHERE: Meet at the Higher Grounds Cafe across from the Dorms for pickup or carpool
HOW: Transportation provided, 15 passenger van. Reserve your seat!
RSVP: Senior Airman Zoe Harris at zoe.harris.1@us.af.mil
NOTE: Bring lunch or lunch money ($25 max)
 

 Welcome to Edwards, event #1

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18
WHERE: STARBASE, 1811 Bailey Ave. Bldg. 1595A
WHAT: Important and helpful info about local school districts(calendar, enrollment information, physical packets, etc.); STEM activities for students; Parent and community group info; Student clubs (Anchored4Life); Meet the School Liaison officer; Snacks
RSVP: Scan the QR code with your personal device. AFNET blocks Google forms.

https://forms.gle/93MnKs9LH3UZkq9GA 

 PRIDE MONTH 🏳️‍🌈  Trivia Night

Test your knowledge and celebrate LGBTQ+ history, culture, and achievements at our LGBTQ themed trivia night! Gather your friends, allies, and fellow enthusiasts for an evening of fun, facts, and fierce competition.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 6-7:30 p.m. 
WHAT: PRIDE Trivia Night
WHERE: Club Muroc
CONTACT: liliana.islas@us.af.mil and erica.stith.1@us.af.mil 

 Welcome to Edwards, event #2

WHEN: Thursday, July 18
WHERE: STARBASE, 1811 Bailey Ave. Bldg. 1595A
WHAT: Important and helpful info about local school districts(calendar, enrollment information, physical packets, etc.); STEM activities for students; Parent and community group info; Student clubs (Anchored4Life); Meet the School Liaison officer; Snacks
RSVP: Scan the QR code with your personal device. AFNET blocks Google forms.

https://forms.gle/93MnKs9LH3UZkq9GA 

 Retire Appreciation Day --- Volunteer opportunity!!

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 24
NOTE: Looking for 14 volunteers to help plan and execute a day to honor those who made a career of supporting our country. The volunteers will be part of a committee that meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (last meeting on Aug. 21) and will also help during the event on May 24. If interest, please sign up before May 22. 
CONTACT: Lt. Jonathan Harris, Raptor OIC, 412 AMXS/MXAR, at 661-275-7857 and/or 859-279-9336 

RECURRING EVENTS

 πŸ” Coffee or Tea β˜• with Personnel Directorate (DP)

WHAT: Monthly forums with supervisors of civilians 
WHEN: Third Thursday of the month, 10-10:30 a.m. 
June 15: Incentives: Recruitment, Relocation, Retention (3R’s), and Student Loan Repayment (SLR)
July 20: Enterprise Leader vs Functional Expert/Leader (DAF Civilian Career Model)
August 17:  AFTC Organizational Structure
September 21: Employee Relations Topics
October 19: AY25 Civilian Development (CD)
November 30: Enterprise Talent Acquisition and Hiring
December: No Meeting
CONTACT: AFTC.Enterprise.Recruiting@us.af.mil
HOW: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Conference ID: 408 416 887#
Call 410-874-6740 to join audio only. 

 πŸ” Employee Assistance Program --- MAY 2024 πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Mental Health Month!
Being active offers numerous benefits not only physical but also for your mental health. In fact, individuals who engage in moderate exercise for 20 minutes a day, five days a week, have a 43% lower risk of major depression compared to non-exercisers (JAMA 2023; Longitudinal Study on Aging). Get out and get moving!  Across our civilian wellness programs, we are championing the benefits of physical activity on mental health and overall well-being.  Participating in physically based activities offers an opportunity to improve fitness levels, reduce stress levels, increase energy, boost your mood, and so much more! Physical activity can range from household chores (i.e., vacuuming, etc.), gardening, biking, walking while talking with a friend on the phone, dancing or any activity that Get You Moving


WHEN: May 30 at 9 a.m. or 12 p.m.
WHAT: Smart Money Moves: Tips for Major Purchases
Click the time to join the webinar: 9 a.m. | 12 p.m.


NOTE: If you are unable to click the link, right-click on the link, then copy and paste the link into your browser.

 πŸ” JUNE is LGBTQ+ Pride Month οΈ‍🌈️‍🌈️‍🌈

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize the invaluable contributions of our LGBTQ+ Airmen, Guardians, and dependents. Our Air and Space Forces strength lies in the unique backgrounds and experiences that make us a more inclusive and ultimately, a more effective Total Force. While we recognize the strides we have taken, we’re mindful that significant challenges persist for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Let’s use this time to amplify the authentic voices and inspiring stories of the Department of the Air Forces LGBTQ+ community, while acknowledging those who still endure discrimination and marginalization simply for being themselves. 

 πŸ” Religious Education 


CATHOLIC
Mass AFRL | 2nd Wednesday at noon
Higher Ground Cafe | 3rd Wednesday at 5 p.m. 
Bible Study | Men: Sundays at noon | Dorm: Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. | Women: Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Chapel 2 Annex
Adoration Blessed Sacrament | 1st Wednesday at 5 p.m. Chapel 2
Religious Education | Sundays at 10:30 a.m. 

PROTESTANT 
Bible Study Groups | Contact 412TW.HC.Workflow@us.af.mil

MUSLIM PRAYER
Fridays 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Chapel 1, Rooms 3 & 4 | Contact maitham.dakheel@us.af.mil

BUDDHIST
3rd Saturday 4:30-5 p.m. at Chapel 2 Conference Room | Contact Ms. Dianna Kassing at 661-277-5415 

OTHER RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL BACKGROUNDS
Please contact the Main Chapel Office at 661-277-2110

 πŸ” Tuition Assistance Briefing 

Attention Airmen and Guardians! Want to go to college? Need a TA brief?
WHEN: Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 1 p.m. 
WHERE: Zoom (virtual)
Zoom link for Tuesdays: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1612185292?pwd=ZmUzVjZYb3gzeXZwcUUwL2lrazNIQT09
Zoom link for Thursdays: https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1604912636?pwd=WHZjdmJIQzhqZE14SU5DMFdNYUhwdz09

 πŸ” Worship Services


PROTESTANT SERVICE (Chapel 1)
Sundays at 10 a.m. 

CATHOLIC SERVICE (Chapel 2)
Mass | Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. | Sundays at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 
Confessions (Room 5) | Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m. or by appointment

 πŸ” FSS Insiders: Join us for Club Cash Fridays featuring our progressive Jackpot πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

WHO: FSS Insiders
WHEN: Every Friday
WHERE: Club Muroc
WHAT: FSS Insiders will receive a ticket for a chance to win $25. All FSS Insiders are then entered into a drawing for $100. If the selected winner is not present, the jackpot rolls over to the next week at an increase of $50 until the winnings are claimed.

 πŸ” Add some greens to your plate πŸ₯¬ Save some green in your wallet πŸ’΅ Salad Wednesdays

Diners save $2 on any entrΓ©e salad priced $4 or more at any participating Edwards AFB Exchange restaurants, including Arby’s, Burger King, and Charleys. MILITARY STAR® cardmembers can save even more with an additional 10% discount off. Anyone can dine at an Edwards AFB Exchange restaurants, so civilians and visitors can get in on the greens too. Salad Wednesdays is a military-exclusive deal supporting the Exchange’s BE FIT 360 initiative to empower shoppers to make healthy choices.

 πŸ” FREE healthcare services to unhoused and at-risk Veterans

WHAT: VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System’s (VAGLAHS) Mobile Medical Unit (MMU) is coming to Palmdale
WHEN: Every second Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
WHERE: 1529 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale, CA, 93550
WHY: The MMU is a traveling unit that provides medical services to unhoused and at-risk Veterans in their own communities. The team offers primary and urgent care, vaccines, blood pressure and blood sugar checks, wound care, Fentanyl and Xylazine testing kits, referrals to specialty care, connection to housing resources and more.

 πŸ” SUMMER: Kids Bowl FREE Program πŸŽ³πŸŽ³πŸŽ³

WHAT: 20 minutes of free bowling DAILY. β€‹The time stacks, so three kids bowling together that are registered get the lane for an hour. Rental shoes not included. 
WHO: Youth 17 years of age and younger
WHEN: June 8 - Aug. 15
HOW: Register at www.kidsbowlfree.com. Follow the links to the military bowling centers and look for the Air Force bowling centers for High Desert Lanes. Registration is free for kids and if the parents want to get in the act for a small fee there are family plans. 
CONTACT: High Desert Lanes at 275-2695. 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Below events and notices are NOT endorsed by a federal entity

 LIVE WEBINAR: Military Licensing 

BY: California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) 
WHEN: Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m. 
WHY: To share information about military licensing resources. During the webinar, attendees will learn about licensing resources available to members of the military and their spouses or domestic partners. The webinar will also feature a demonstration of the Federal Professional License Portal and State Registration process and a Q&A.
HOW TO JOIN: Webex β€‹https://dca-meetings.webex.com/dca-meetings/j.php?MTID=m6b0c7152f3d1ef5d140ea54f34b68f44

ROAD AND GATE CLOSURES

 BREAKING NEWS: TRAFFIC ADVISORIES
MORE BLVD. DELAYS; AVE A CLOSED

In addition to previously published traffic impacts, Kern County extended its April 22 road work on Rosamond Blvd. between state Route 14 and Sierra Highway. Construction will continue Tuesday, April 23, with traffic barriers going up at 5:30 a.m. and final construction estimated to last approximately 30 minutes beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6:30 a.m. County officials say drivers accessing the Edwards west gate during that time should expect a moving lane closure resulting in delays up to 15 minutes. Base officials recommend drivers plan for potential longer delays.

LA County has closed Avenue A east of SR 14 between 20th St. W. and Sierra Highway until further notice due to massive potholes and possible repaving.

 ROSAMOND ROAD WORK THROUGH EARLY JUNE

Kern County began a road rehabilitation project April 2 on Rosamond Blvd. west of the state Route 14 overpass, from Route 14 to Stevenson St., which significantly impacts Edwards AFB commuter travel.

 BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 22

The most significant delays will continue through approximately April 27 and will include, beginning with the 24/7 grinding and paving of all lanes on Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m., closure of both the southbound Route 14 offramp, and the westbound Rosamond Blvd. onramp to southbound Route 14. The primary detours for those traveling from Mojave will be Dawn Road – the exit prior to and north of Rosamond Blvd. – either eastbound to Sierra Highway or westbound to Highway 14 Frontage Road. The eastbound Rosamond Blvd. onramp to southbound Route 14 will remain open throughout the week.

Base leaders ask drivers to plan their travel to and from base, including adding extra drive time to account for delays, or using the north or south gates. Delays may include backed up traffic as far east as the base property boundary – the brown Edwards AFB sign – or farther. Traffic back-ups may also impact timely access to the Sierra Highway detour.

 BEGINNING MONDAY, APRIL 29

The repaving project will transition to lane restriping during daylight hours prior to 3:30 daily beginning approximately April 29. This will also result in moving lane closures that may cause temporary traffic stoppage.

Drivers should anticipate significant traffic delays on Rosamond Blvd. throughout the length of the repaving project, which Kern County officials expect to last through the end of May or early June.

Look to The Tower for updates on future phases of the road project.

For more information, contact Danny Bazzell, Public Affairs community engagement chief, at 661- 277-3824.

 BASE GATE OPERATING HOURS

North gate: open 24/7
West gate: open 24/7
South gate: open 24 hours weekdays; closes 9 p.m. Friday-Sunday; open 5 a.m. Saturday-Monday. NOTE: The gate will be open 24/7 during any closure of the northbound Route 14 offramp at Rosamond.

 Caltrans reminds drivers to “Be Work Zone Alert” and to “Move Over”

WHAT: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has schedule Lane Closures on the northbound and southbound Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) between Technology Drive in Palmdale and Avenue A in Lancaster, closing up to three lanes. Northbound side of SR-14 has two lanes open in both directions (2 lanes northbound and 2 lanes southbound) for the Crossover from Avenue H to Avenue A.
WHY: The closures are necessary to perform pavement replacement, inside shoulder work and set K-rail that will extend the life of the existing lanes by a minimum of 40 years
and improve ride quality.
WHEN: Currently, construction work is on-going Monday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday through Saturday, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. to minimize traffic impacts.
Tuesday-Friday, May 28-31, nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. 
Full Freeway Closure: Northbound SR-14 Avenue O – Avenue K
Saturday, March 23 – Early December 2024
Southbound SR-14 Crossover from Avenue A – Avenue H

Access on-ramp southbound is at Avenue D

OFFICIAL NOTICES

 βœˆοΈ Off-duty employment requires approval 

Did you know if you are considering off-duty employment (or while on terminal leave), AFMC requires all personnel (military and civilian) to submit an application to their supervisor seeking approval? If you did not know, now you do. This requirement is outlined in AFMCI 51-500, Outside Employment and Business Activities, 8 March 2021. To request approval, complete a DAF 3902, Application and Approval for Off-Duty Employment, (available on e-pubs) and provide it to your supervisor for further routing. Approval is supposed to be secured at least two weeks before the off-duty employment begins. “Off-duty employment" includes more than mere employment for wages or salary.  It means any outside business activity, including self-employment or sales solicitations, for which the employee is compensated. This process ultimately allows your supervisor to properly act on an off-duty employment request while mitigating the risk of any negative mission impact from your potential off-duty employment prior to its initiation.  The main reasons for denying an employee’s request for off-duty employment are that the proposed employment would detract from readiness, pose a security risk, or conflict with an employee’s official duties. The requirement that employees obtain approval for off-duty employment is mandatory. AFMCI 51-500, paragraph 1.5.

 βœˆοΈ 412 MDG Training Mornings

Effective June 1, the 412th Medical Group will no longer close once a month for readiness training. The 412th Medical Group will conduct Wednesday morning readiness trainings 7:30-9:30 a.m. with patient care resuming 10 a.m. Thank you for your support.

 βœˆοΈ Arby's will be permanently closing next month

Arby's will be permanently closing next month. The final day of operations will be Friday, June 7. We are looking forward to housing a new, exciting food option for this space. In the meantime, please enjoy the Exchange's other food court options, Taco Bell, Popeyes, and Charleys.

 βœˆοΈ Political activities guidelines: CIVILIAN

Under the Hatch Act, all DoD civilian employees are prohibited from:
* Using their official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election
* Knowingly, personally soliciting, accepting or receiving a political contribution from any person
* Running for the nomination or as a candidate for election to a partisan political office
* Participating in political activity while on-duty or in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an individual employed by the DoD
* Engaging in political activity while wearing a uniform or official insignia identifying the office or position of the DoD employee
* Engaging in political activity while using any vehicle owned or leased by the Government of the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof
* Knowingly soliciting or discouraging the participation in any political activity of any person who has an application for any compensation, grant, contract, ruling, license, permit, or certificate pending before the employee’s office
* Knowingly soliciting or discouraging the participation in any political activity of any person who is the subject of or a participant in an ongoing audit, investigation, or enforcement action being carried out by the employee’s office
Additional prohibitions for further restricted employees:
* May not engage in any political activity which is “in concert” with a political party, partisan political group or candidate for partisan political office.
“In concert” activity is any activity that is sponsored or supported by a political party, partisan political group or candidate for partisan political office.
For example, further restricted employees are prohibited from:
* Writing speeches or performing research on political issues for a partisan political campaign
* Making speeches as a surrogate for a candidate for partisan political office
* Soliciting, accepting, or receiving political contributions
* Holding office in a political party
* Hosting a fundraiser for a candidate for partisan political office
* Knocking on doors to solicit votes or handing out political leaflets for a candidate for partisan political office
* Serving as a delegate to a political party convention or doing any type of volunteer work for a candidate for partisan political office, including serving on a phone bank
All DoD employees may engage in the following activities:
* Place a campaign sign in their yard
* Place a campaign bumper sticker on their car (even if they park in a Government parking lot)
* Make a financial contribution to a political party or candidate running for partisan political office
* Express personal opinions on candidates and political issues
* Attend political events
* Participate in nonpartisan elections
* Assist in nonpartisan voter registration drives
* Work for the city or county as a poll worker on Election Day
* Sign a nominating petition
DISCLOSURE: This announcement is not a substitute for obtaining advice from an ethics counselor on the application of the ethics laws and regulations to a specific set of facts and circumstances. Please contact DAF Ethics Office:
Phone: 703-693-0417
E-mail: SAF.GCA.Ethics.Workflow@us.af.mil
Website: https://www.safgc.hq.af.mil/Organization/ FISCAL-ETHICS-ADMINISTRATIVE-LAW-DIVISION-SAF-GCA/Ethics

 βœˆοΈ Political activities guidelines: MILITARY

Active duty members should carry out their rights and responsibilities of United States citizenship; however, they are prohibited from engaging in certain political activities to maintain good order and discipline and to avoid conflicts of interest and the appearance of improper endorsement in political matters.
Members May:
* Register to vote, vote, and express personal opinions on political candidates and issues but not as a representative of the Armed Forces
* Make monetary contributions to a political organization
* Attend partisan and nonpartisan political meetings or rallies as a spectator when not in uniform
* Promote and encourage other military members to exercise voting rights, if such action does not use their official authority or influence or interfere with the outcome of an election
* Join a partisan/nonpartisan political club and attend its meetings when not in uniform
* Serve as an election official, if such service is not as a representative of a partisan political party, does not interfere with military duties, is performed when not in uniform, and receives the Secretary of the Air Force’s prior approval
* Sign a petition for specific legislative action or a petition to place a candidate’s name on an official election ballot as a private citizen
* Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper expressing personal views on public issues or political candidates, if such action is not part of an organized letter-writing campaign or a solicitation of votes and if identified as a Service Member includes a disclaimer the views are personal
* Display a political sticker on a private vehicle
* Wear a political button or t-shirt when not in uniform, performing military duties or would imply official endorsement.
* Communicate with his or her elected representatives
Members May NOT:
* Participate in partisan political fundraising activities, rallies, conventions (including speeches) management of campaigns, or debates
* Use official authority or influence to interfere with an election, affect the course or outcome, solicit votes for a particular candidate or issue, or solicit or require political contributions from others.
* Be a candidate for, or hold, civil office except as authorized below
* Make campaign contributions to another member of the Armed Forces or an employee of the federal government
* Solicit or receive a campaign contribution from another member of the Armed Forces, a civilian officer, or an employee of the U.S. for promoting a political objective or cause
* Allow publication of partisan political articles signed or written by the member that solicits votes for or against a partisan political party or candidate
* Serve in an official capacity or be listed as a sponsor of a partisan political club
* Speak before a partisan political gathering of any kind or promote a partisan political party or candidate
* Participate in any radio, television, or other program or group discussion as an advocate of a partisan political party or candidate
* Conduct a political opinion survey under the auspices of a partisan political group or distribute partisan political literature
* Perform clerical or other duties for a partisan political committee during a campaign or on election day
* Solicit or fundraise in federal offices, facilities, or military reservations for a partisan political cause or candidate
* Solicit or fundraise in uniform or using official title for a partisan political cause or candidate
* March or ride in a partisan political parade
* Display a large political sign, banner, or poster (as distinguished from a bumper sticker) on the top or side of a private vehicle
* Participate in any organized effort to provide voters with transportation to the polls if the effort is organized by a partisan political party or candidate
* Sell tickets for, or otherwise actively promote, political dinners and similar fundraising events
* Attend partisan political events as an official representative of the Armed Forces
* Send political e-mails from government e-mail or use official title in a political e-mail
Exceptions to Prohibitions
* Enlisted members, regardless of duty status, may seek, hold and exercise functions of a nonpartisan civil office as a notary public, local school board member, neighborhood planning commission, and similar local agency.
DISCLOSURE: This is not a substitute for obtaining advice from an ethics counselor on the application of the ethics laws and regulations to a specific set of facts and circumstances. Please contact DAF Ethics Office:
Phone: 703-693-0417
E-mail: SAF.GCA.Ethics.Workflow@us.af.mil
Website: https://www.safgc.hq.af.mil/Organization/ FISCAL-ETHICS-ADMINISTRATIVE-LAW-DIVISION-SAF-GCA/Ethics

 βœˆοΈ Edwards AFB Disability Action Team (DAT) - Call to Action


WHAT: The DAT will assess programs, practices, procedures and data for barriers to employment, advancement, and retention of employees, applicants and military members with disabilities. It will also serve as a Member and Employee Resources Group (MERG) for civilians and military with disabilities.
WHY: A MERG is a voluntary, employee-led group that fosters an inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, that also seeks to support individuals as they navigate their career.
WHO: Any DAF employee or member regardless of grade/rank, location, disability status, or race/ethnicity/sex.
CONTACT: Edwards AFB Disability Program Manager (DPM), Ms. Isabella Morales, isabella.morales@us.af.mil

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

By 412 TW History Office

 Major John P. Stapp was strapped into a rocket sled

 

On June 1, 1951,  Air Force aeromedical researcher Major John P. Stapp was strapped into a rocket sled which was poised on a 2,000 foot deceleration track at North Base. Moments later, 4,000 pounds of rocket thrust blasted him down the track and into the braking system (from 88.6 mph to a full stop in 18 feet). For a brief instant, he endured 48 times the force of gravity (48 “G’s”) with a rate of onset of about 500 g’s per second. In other words, his body had absorbed an impact of more than four tons. Prior to Stapp’s sled experiments, conventional medical wisdom had maintained that the human body could probably survive no more than 17-18 instantaneous g’s.

VANPOOLS

 πŸš East Lancaster

DAYS: Monday-Friday
TIMES: Departs from the East side of Lancaster at 6:10 a.m. to reach our destination on base by 6:55 a.m. Returns from the base at 4:30 p.m. to arrive back at the East side of Lancaster around 5:15 p.m. 
CONTACT: Kendall King at kendall.king@us.af.mil or 661-275-6057

 πŸš Lancaster

DAYS: Monday - Friday
TIMES: Departs from the City of Lancaster Park and Ride at 6:05 a.m. to reach our destination on base by 6:45 a.m. Returns from the base at 4 p.m. to arrive back at the City of Lancaster Park and Ride around 4:45 p.m. 
CONTACT: Vinh.Pham@us.af.mil or 661-802-2627

 πŸš Ridgecrest

CONTACT: Nicholas.Kuttor@us.af.mil or 661-275-3545

 πŸš Victorville, Hesperia and Adelanto

CONTACT: Hector at 661-810-3868

 πŸš West Lancaster/Palmdale --- coming soon

Vanpool riders wanted! This West Lancaster/Palmdale Vanpool to/from main base is starting soon.
TIMES: Departs from Park and Ride (Ave K-8/10th St West) at 6 a.m. Departs Edwards AFB at 4:30 p.m. 
FEE: $220/month BUT Military/Gov’t employees may qualify for the Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) subsidy and can ride for FREE!!!!
CONTACT: Julio Barrios at 661-903-0915 (call/text) or julio.barrios.1@us.af.mil

 πŸš West Palmdale 

DATES/TIMES: Meets at the mall, Monday - Friday, around 6 a.m. to arrive on base around 7 a.m. Departs base at 4:30 p.m. 
CONTACT: 661-277-7290

 πŸš Santa Clarita

DAYS: Monday - Friday
TIMES & LOCATIONS: Our vanpool departs the Via Princessa Metrolink station at 5:20 a.m. and departs Edwards Main Base at 3 p.m.  
FESS: Monthly cost will be around $245 but if you are a federal employee or military, the majority of your costs can be covered.
POC: Jerry West (jerry.west.2@us.af.mil) or Henry Hang (henry.hang@us.af.mil

LAW AND ORDER

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate πŸ§‘‍βš–οΈ Download the latest Report, April 2024

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate provides high-quality legal advice and support in the areas of civil law, contract law, labor law, environmental law, claims, and military justice for courts-martial and non-judicial punishment actions. The office also provides legal assistance to individual military members, retirees and family members on personal, non-criminal legal matters. Visit the JA webpage

The following magistrate court citations were closed out during the first quarter of 2024:

• 84 civilians were cited for speeding. They received an average fine of $250.
• 18 civilians were cited for not having proof of insurance or registration. They received an average fine of $305.
• Six civilians were cited for not having their drivers’ licenses in possession. They received an average fine of $242. 
• Seven civilians were cited for failure to stop. They received an average fine of $171. 
• Five civilians were cited for not having a child restraint for a child under 8 years old. They received an average fine of $405.
• Four civilians were cited for possession of a controlled substance. They received an average fine of $430.
• Two civilians were cited for trespassing. They received an average fine of $3,500.
• Two civilians were cited for having an open container of alcohol while driving. They received an average fine of $405. 
• Two civilians were cited for driving without wearing a seatbelt. They received an average fine of $405.
• A civilian was cited for cellphone use while driving. They were fined $238. 
• A civilian was cited for having no license plate on the vehicle. They were fined $133.
• A civilian was cited for allowing a minor to drive. They were fined $268.
• A civilian was cited for driving recklessly. They were fined $171.

Nonjudicial Punishment (NJP)

Nonjudicial punishment (NJP) (also referred to as an Article 15, in reference to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) which authorizes the action) is a tool that provides commanders with an essential and swift means of maintaining good order and discipline. A member must accept NJP as a forum for allegations of misconduct or demand trial by court-martial once NJP is offered by a commander. NJP is designed to promote behavioral changes in service members without the stigma that comes with a criminal conviction at trial. NJP lies between a Letter of Reprimand and a court-martial on the spectrum of the continuum of discipline, whose ultimate goal is to promote rehabilitation in service members to encourage them to adhere to standards.

The following NJPs were effectuated at Edwards AFB during the first quarter of 2024:

• A Staff Sergeant (E-5) assigned to 412 AMXS committed abusive sexual contact in violation of Article 120, UCMJ (Abusive Sexual Contact). The member received a reduction to the grade of Senior Airman (E-4) and a reprimand.
• A First Lieutenant (O-2) assigned to 412 HCOS engaged in an unprofessional relationship and fraternization, failed to obey orders, and lied to investigators in violation of Articles 92 (Failure to Obey, Dereliction of Duty), 107 (False Official Statement), and Article 134 (Fraternization), UCMJ. The member was punished with forfeiture of $2,386.00 pay per month for two months and a reprimand.
• A Technical Sergeant (E-6) assigned to 412 HCOS engaged in an unprofessional relationship, failed to obey orders, and was derelict in their duties in violation of Article 92 (Failure to Obey, Dereliction of Duty), UCMJ. The member was punished with a reduction to the grade of Staff Sergeant (E-5), forfeiture of $1,829.00 pay, suspended, and a reprimand.
• A Senior Airman (E-4) assigned to 412 HCOS used THC-9 in violation of Article 112b (Wrongful Use of a Controlled Substance), UCMJ. The member was punished with a reduction to the grade of Airman First Class (E-3) and a reprimand.
• An Airman First Class (E-3) assigned to 412 OMRS altered their military ID card by changing the date of birth in violation of Article 105a, UCMJ (False or Unauthorized Pass). The member was punished with a reduction to the grade of Airman (E-2) and a reprimand.
• A Senior Airman (E-4) assigned to 412 SFS was absent from duty numerous times and lied about going to numerous medical appointments in violation of Articles 86 (AWOL) and Article 107 (False Official Statement), UCMJ. The member was punished with a reduction to the grade of Airman Basic (E-1), forfeiture of $1,008.00 pay, suspended, and a reprimand.

Administrative Discharges

• Involuntarily discharging a service member from the United States Air Force may be an appropriate action for a commander or civilian director to take when a member has demonstrated an inability to meet Air Force standards. Common basis for discharge include, but are not limited to: drug abuse, sexual assault, a civilian court conviction, or a series of minor misconduct. Discharges can result in one of three service characterizations: honorable, under honorable conditions (general), and under other than honorable conditions.

The following discharge action was completed during the first quarter of 2024:

• A Senior Airman (E-4) assigned to 412 AMXS was involuntarily discharged for sexual assault. The member received an under other than honorable (UOTHC) service characterization.
• A Senior Airman (E-4) assigned to 812 CES was involuntarily discharged for a Condition that Interfered with Military Service (Adjustment Disorder). The member received an honorable service characterization.
• An Airmen First Class (E-2) assigned to 412 OSS was involuntarily discharged for Conditions that Interfered with Military Service (Adjustment Disorder). The members received honorable service characterization.

LEAVE SHARING

Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP), a covered employee may donate annual leave directly to another employee who has a personal or family medical emergency and who has exhausted his or her available paid leave. Teresa Cadamy is the point of contact for the VLTP at Edwards Air Force Base. 

The following employees have been approved to receive annual leave donation. If you are interested in donating annual leave, please complete form OPM 630A (within agency) or form OMP 630 (outside agency), and send it to teresa.cadamy@us.af.mil. LES's are used to validate donor SCD leave dates and available leave balances and may be redacted of any/all pay related information.

Mr. Joendell Abner, 412 CS/SCQ
Mr. Kelly Baker, 420 FLTS/IT
Mr. Ben Blanton, 412 AMXS/MXMW
Mr. Glenn M. Cassel, 412 AMXS/MXAS
Ms. Sonia Castillo assigned to 412 MXS/MXMW

Ms. Danielle Freeman, 412TW/TMG
Mr. Shane Hawari, 412 SFS/S3O
​Mr. Alan Howerton, 775 TSENVC
Mr. Harlan Huntington, 412 TW/PA
Ms. Judith Ann King, 66 FSS/FSMP, Hanscom AFB, MA
Ms. Brittany Martin, 412 TENG/ENG
Ms. Heather Mathiesen, 412 FLTS/DOOE
Mr. Brent McIntosh, 896 Test Support Squadron, Eglin, OH
Mr. Robert Mejia, 412 AMXS/MXAA
Mr. Matthew Mullins, AFWERX Spark Division, WPAFB
Ms. Kimberly Murray, 412 CPTS/FM
Ms. Amanda Myers, Installation Contracting Division (AFLCMC/PZIE)
Mr. Miguel Palacios, 412 CES/CEOIH

Ms. Ariana Pujol, 412 TW/TMG
Ms. Kimberly Roe, AFLCMC/EN-EZ, WPAFB, OH 
Ms. Vivian Smarr, 48 CTS/DET 1
Ms. Tiffany Smith, 86th Force Support Squadron (FSS)/FSYY, at Ramstein AB, Germany
Mr. Robert J. Wilson, 412 MXG/MXQI
Mr. Oscar Zuniga, 412MXS/MXMG