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416th and 418th Squadrons conduct flyover before NFC championship game

  • Published
  • By Giancarlo Casem
  • 412th Test Wing Public Affairs

A first for Edwards Air Force Base, as the 418th and 416th Flight Test Squadrons flew over Levi's Stadium for the NFC Championship game on 19 JAN. Get a look from inside the KC-135 Stratotanker as it flew with 3x F-16 Vipers over the San Francisco 49ers stadium.

“We are honored to represent our amazing American military members and their families. By participating on Sunday, Team Edwards is proud to demonstrate, in yet another way, what it means to be ‘The Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe,’” said Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, 412th Test Wing Commander.

A small group of aircraft include a KC-135 Stratotanker from the 418th Flight Test Squadron, and three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 416th FLTS.

“A significant portion of the general population doesn’t understand Aerial Refueling, or even know that it exists. Demonstrating a refueling formation, even if the aircraft aren’t actually touching, will hopefully help all the spectators, both in the stadium and the national TV audience, understand a capability of the US Air Force that greatly increases our combat effectiveness and lethality,” said Maj. Jacob Lambach, 418th FLTS, who will be one of the KC-135 pilots for the flyover.

“All of us at the 416th Flight Test Squadron are extremely proud to represent the men and women of the 412th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, and the U.S. Air Force. This flyover was only made possible by the hard work and dedication of thousands of aviation professionals. We dedicate this flyover to them,” said Maj. Stephen Jude, 416th Flight Test Squadron, who will be flying an F-16 at the flyover.

The 412TW is headquartered at Edwards AFB, the Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe. The 412TW plans, conducts, analyzes, and reports on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software and components as well as modeling and simulation for the USAF. Edwards will be the testing home of the Air Force’s newest aircraft including the B-21 Raider and T-7 Red Hawk.

Edwards provides care, opportunities for children aged six weeks through high school graduation

Edwards provides care, opportunities for childrenaged six weeks through high school graduation

The Child and Youth Program at Edwards AFB provides care and opportunities for kids ages six weeks old through high school graduation. A brief summary of those services follows:

  •                    The Child Development Center cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a DOD-wide curriculum. The curriculum is focused on learning through play activities supporting social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Installations across DOD follow the curriculum on the same timeline to allow seamless permanent change-of-station transitions for youth enrolled in care.
  •                    The School Age Center provides before and after-school care and summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. During school breaks, full-day camps are offered. SAC promotes cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language and physical development through programs that encourage self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and resiliency.
  •                    The open recreation program at the Main Youth Center provides a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to attend after school. Programs include Power Hour, STEM, Torch Club, social recreation, youth camps, special events and more.
  •                    The youth sports program provides intro and league opportunities for ages 3 to 12, and promotes inclusiveness, self-discipline, commitment, resiliency and social skills. There are four sports offered annually for ages five to 12: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football and basketball. Smart start programs are available to ages 3 to 5. There are many other sports and camps offered throughout the year.
  •                    The Teen Center is available for ages 13 to 18 during the school year. Programs offered include Military Youth of the Year, Keystone Club, social recreation, STEM activities, college trips, leadership camps and more.
  •                    Youth programs (SAC, open rec and teen) are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
  •                    Family Child Care homes – there are currently three FCC homes on the installation. They can provide care for ages two weeks to 12 years. FCC providers are trained by Child and Youth Program training and curriculum specialists and have the flexibility to determine their hours of operation and the ages of youth within their care. The program’s new dedicated manager, Jennifer Stegmann, may be reached at 661-275-7529.

Although CDC enrollment capacity is 317, not all slots are currently filled because of a shortage of childcare workers. School Age Center enrollment capacity is 156. After-school care enrollment is 130. Before-school care enrollment is 75. Summer Camp 2022 was at its capacity and enrollment for Summer Camp 2023 opens April 3.