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Edwards receives relocated KC-46s

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

The 412th Test Wing received 10 KC-46 Pegasus aerial refueling aircraft from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, May 11. The aircraft were moved to Edwards due to a severe weather system scheduled to hit their home base.

The 22nd ARW, based out of McConnell AFB, Kansas, relocated their fleet of aerial refueling tankers including the KC-46 and KC-135 Stratotanker out of state as a precaution due to projected severe thunderstorms Thursday night, which have the potential for severe winds and the possibility of hail.

“This relocation is made to protect the aircraft from potential damage and preserve McConnell’s capability to support its Global Mobility mission,” said John Van Winkle, 22nd ARW Chief of Public Affairs.

Edwards AFB, situated in California’s High Mojave Desert, was able to support within a few hours’ notice to receive the aircraft.

"In the few short hours from getting the call Wednesday night to receiving an entire fleet of large aircraft, the women and men of Edwards AFB showed the true mettle and grit to reassure us that they can handle anything that an adversary or mother nature can throw at the United States Air Force,” said Col. Grant Mizell, 412th Operations Group Commander.

The effort to move a massive amount of aircraft proved to be a monumental effort that featured teamwork from different organizations on Edwards such as the 412th Operations Support Squadron who manages the Edwards airfield and the air traffic control tower and the 412th Maintenance Group who facilitated bedding down the aircraft. The coordination also featured the Air Force Reserve Command’s 931st Air Refueling Wing to transport the aircraft.

“We get pretty busy here on a regular basis, but when it comes to unique and unusual requests, especially 10 heavy KC-46s coming in, it definitely becomes challenging,” said Staff Sgt. Jacob Bolena, Edwards Air Traffic Control Tower watch supervisor. “Being able to take those unique and challenging days and make sure everything is safe and everyone gets on the ground safely, it tests us, but that’s what makes us better out here.”

While the Edwards tower crew handled the arrival of the visiting aircraft they continued their everyday duties as the Wing kept on with its daily flight test missions with little to no interruptions or delays.

"I'm proud of the flexibility and professional competence displayed by our Edwards AFB team, as they supported a sister military unit during a base relocation,” Mizell said. “The ability to operate a fleet of tanker or transport aircraft from anywhere in the world is Air Mobility Command's specialty, and Edwards AFB's ability to support any aircraft on a moment's notice should assure us that the United States Air Force is ready defend America and her interests, every day."

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.