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Fifth grade students from Albuquerque participate in Mission to Mars, a program hosted by Kirtland's Air Force Research Laboratory. Students are tasked with writing sagas to describe their journey to mars, studying Mars facts and designing a life support system model. The activities are specifically designed to fit into the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. AFRL's Mars colonization simulation challenges students
Through programs such as Mission to Mars, the Air Force Research Laboratory is helping students gain new skills and knowledge in a fun learning environment.Mission to Mars is a Mars colonization simulation that was developed in the 80s by the Challenger Center for Space and Science Education.  It’s a one day activity to give 5th graders the
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An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 11:34 p.m. PST Feb. 20, 2016, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (File photo) AFNWC team supports ICBM test launch
A team of Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center experts supported the recent launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile to verify its accuracy and reliability, providing valuable data to ensure a continued safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.
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A C-17 Globemaster III from the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, California sits on the Kirtland Air Force Base flightline before takeoff, March 22. The 60th AMW’s Globemaster III was on station as part of a five-base joint effort to transport a Universal Ground Nuclear Detonation Detection Terminal trailer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken Moore) Five-base joint effort moves UGNT trailer
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE,New Mexico – Airmen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III from the 60th Air MobilityWing at Travis Air Force Base, California  assisted in the transport of the Space andMissile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate’s Universal GroundNuclear Detonation Detection Terminal (UGNT) trailer from Kirtland AFB, NewMexico,
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An Air Force F-16C dropped an inert B61-12 during a development flight test by the 422nd Flight Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada, on March 14, 2017. The test is part of a life-extension program for the bomb to improve its safety, security and reliability. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brandi Hansen) Inert nuclear gravity bomb passes first F-16 flight test
An Air Force F-16 aircraft released an inert B61 nuclear bomb in a test recently, demonstrating the aircraft's capability to deliver the weapon and testing the functioning of the weapon's non-nuclear components, including the arming and fire control system, radar altimeter, spin rocket motors and weapons control computer.The F-16 from the 422nd
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A child displays her loot at last year's Easter egg hunt. Kirtland is offering three separate egg hunts this year, including a new event  call Eggtastic Splash & Dive at the indoor pool. Base offers several Easter egg hunts for families
Springtime brings with it chicks, flowers and the Easter Bunny, whose antics Team Kirtland families can celebrate by hunting eggs. Eggtastic Splash n’ Dive The indoor pool has a unique twist on the traditional egg hunt. Kids can swim and dive for Easter eggs during the Eggtastic Splash and Dive from 5-7 p.m. April 14 at the indoor pool, Building
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Airmen from the 58th Maintenance Squadron take time to pose for a photo after completing the Ragnar Del Sol relay race in Arizona, March 11. The race went for 200 miles and more than 24 hours. 'Ragnar' tests endurance of 58th MXS Airmen
With temperatures nearing 100 degrees and sleep deprivation setting in, 12 Airmen from the 58th Maintenance Squadron powered through a 200-mile relay race known as “Ragnar.”The race goes for more than 24 hours, broken into segments. Each member of the team competes in a segment, and then switches with another team member for the next segment. The
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Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Brown, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron was named 20th Air Force's Security Forces Flight-Level NCO of the Year Kirtland Defenders earn accolades from 20th AF
Five Airmen from Kirtland were recognized by the 20th Air Force as annual security forces award winners:Security Forces Officer of the Year:  Capt. Roberto J. Cornier, 377th Weapons System Security Squadron Security Forces Flight-Level NCO of the Year:  Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Brown, 377th Security Forces SquadronSecurity Forces Flight-Level SNCO
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Default Air Force Logo AFSA to host event to bring in members
Groups from around Kirtland Air Force Base will have a recruitment party starting at 4 p.m. April 14 at Hardin Field.The Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter 1201 will host the event.“We are trying to get more people from Kirtland active around the base and involved in the community,” said AFSA Chapter 1201 Public Affairs Trustee Staff Sgt.
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Default Air Force Logo EEO implements new process for resolving disputes
Workplace disputes can evolve into destructive forces within the work center, and have the potential to adversely affect the ability to accomplish the mission.  To assist civilian personnel who have filed an EEO complaint, the Air Force has implemented a two-year pilot called Compressed, Orderly, Rapid, and Equitable, of CORE.When a person files a
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1st Lt. Brandon Mueller, in blue, takes down Marine Sgt. JayShon Wilson at the Armed Forces Wrestling Championships Feb. 26 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Mueller, a physicist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate, defeated Wilson, a nationally-ranked opponent, on his way to capturing two second place medals at the event and earning him an invite to the WTT tournament. Kirtland wrestler qualifies for World Team Trials
Thanks to an excellent showing at the Armed Forces Wrestling Championship, a Kirtland officer qualified to compete in the World Team Trials.1st Lt. Brandon Mueller, a physicist with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate, captured two second place medals representing the Air Force in the Armed Forces tournament, earning him
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