The Edwards Air Force Base is located 24 km east of Rosamond and 35 km northeast of Lancaster. The Edwards Air Force Base is formerly known as Muroc Air Force Base. It was later on renamed as the Edwards Air Force Base and named after Captain Glen Edwards. The base is the air force material command and the location of the Air Force Material Command Center. The Edwards Air Force Base also serves as a center for research and development for the United States Air Force’s flights. It also serves as a testing and evaluation of aerospace systems that is suitable for combat.

Cost of Living: Kern County is below the national average at 99%.

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: + 661-277-1110

Base Population:

Active Duty and Family Members 12,000

Retirees, Civilian Employees and Reserve Components 10,000

City/ Area Population: 874,589 Kern County

Child Development Centers:

·        Cerro Coso Child Development

Address: 10179 Heather Ave, California City, CA 93505, United States

Phone: +1 760-373-1070

·        Tracy's Home Day Care

Address: 7610 Langle Ave. Edwards AFB, CA 93523

Phone: + (661) 258-6341

·        Edwards Air Force Base Child Development Center

Address: 5 Cellar Ave. Edwards Afb, CA 93524

Phone: + (661) 277-8591

Youth Programs:

·        Edwards Air Force Base- Youth Programs and Youth Centers

Address: 24 Lathrop Drive, Building 5210, Edwards AFB, CA 93524

Phone: + (661) 277-5437

·        Edwards Air Force Base Youth Sports and Fitness

Address: Youth Sports Center, Bldg 5210

Phone: 227-8961

 Airman and Family Readiness Center:

·        Edwards Airman & Family Readiness Center

Address: 90 Farrell Dr Bldg 5620 Edwards Air Force Base, California

Phone: +1 661-277-0723

Employment:

·        Civilian Personnel Flight

Address: 5 N. Seller Ave.

Phone:( 661) 277-3840 or DSN 527-3840

·        Human Resources Office Consolidated Support Facility

Address: Building 3000, Second Floor

5 N. Seller Ave.

Phone: (661) 275-9675 or DSN 525-9675

Base Services: The Edwards Air Force Base offers legal services and assistance for all the enlisted officers and dependents as well as the retirees and their qualified dependents.

Medical Services:

·        Mental Health, Family Advocacy, Substance Abuse Programs & Drug Demand Reduction Programs

Address: Building 552530 Nightingale Rd. Edwards AFB, CA 93524

Phone: + (661) 277-5291

·        Health and Wellness Center (HAWC)

Address: Building 2204 412. Popson Ave. Edwards AFB, CA 93524

Phone: (661) 277-8480

·        Pharmacy, Radiology & Laboratory

Address: Building 5525 30 Nightingale Rd. Edwards AFB, CA 93524

Phone: + (661) 277-2052

History

In the early 1900s, the Corum family resides at the edge of the lakebed. The Corum brothers have earned contracts from the homestead in the area. After several years, a post office was built in the area and was named as the Muroc.  In the year 1933, Lieutenant Colonel Henry “Hap” Arnold developed the Muroc Bombing and Gunnery Range. It served as a training site for different army and air force troops. During the World War II, a base was developed and served as a training site for combat flight crews. Since then, the Edwards Air Force Base has continued to serve as a training sight for the United States Air Force and several troops from the military force. In 1970s, new aircrafts arrived in the Edwards Air Force Base.

Units

The Edwards Air Force Base is the home to the 412th Test Wing, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, and the United States Air Force Test Pilot School. The Edwards Air Force Base is currently operated by the 95th Air Base Wing.

Housing

The housing authority of the Edwards Air Force Base provides on- base and off- base residential units for the troops deployed in the base. The Housing Relocation Office is located at 402 S Forbes Avenue Edwards. There are seven different neighborhoods which include Palo Verde Heights, Tamarisk Plains, Acacia Hills, Juniper Ridge, Joshua Acres, Mesquite Meadows, and Mountain Views. In addition, there are 194 homes for officers and 547 for enlisted members.

The Housing Relocation Office also offers government housings. The application for government housings must be submitted in the Home Maintenance Office (HMO). The types of housing unit that will be provided vary depending on the rank classification. It is advisable to submit the necessary forms a few weeks before the deployment in the Edwards Air Force Base.

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