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Edwards commissary and base exchange parking lots to undergo repairs

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

The 412th Civil Engineer Group announces major repairs to take place at the commissary and base exchange parking lots on Edwards Air Force Base, California, beginning Sept. 21.

The project will be broken up in three phases to minimize impact on patrons. The first phase will focus on the three-lane parking areas closest to Kincheloe Ave., followed by the second phase which will focus on the next three-lane parking areas directly in front of the commissary to include the roadway turning into the commissary/Starbucks off of Fitz-Gerald Blvd., down to about halfway of the roadway in front of the BX, followed by the third phase which will finish up the roadway in front of the BX. 

“The commissary parking lot is in a really bad shape,” said Bayram Kurbanov, the commissary parking lot repair project manager for the 412th CEG. “The commissary parking lot is one of the most heavily-utilized parking lots and driveways on this base and therefore was prioritized for repair.

The repair project was funded by the Air Force Materiel Command’s “The AFMC We Need” initiative, spearheaded by Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., AFMC Commander. The cost of the repair project is over $610,000 and is funded by AFMC.

Base civil engineers warn that the project will affect everyone who shops on-base, however plans have been made to mitigate the impact.

“It will affect everyone who shops at the commissary, BX and Starbucks. We are planning to minimize the effect of construction on base populace by phasing the project so that significant portions of both commissary and BX parking lots stay open,” Kurbanov explained. “The project we will be sequenced in a way to maintain handicap and pedestrian access to the commissary, BX and Starbucks at all phases of construction.”

Base personnel are reminded that during the first phase of the project, access to the Edwards Federal Credit Union drive-thru ATM machine will be impeded, traffic signs will be posted throughout the duration of the project while being moved during each phase. Additionally, the 412th CEG also advises patrons to proceed through the areas with caution during that time.

The repair project is slated to run until December.

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.