Public Affairs Office
305 E. Popson Ave., Bldg. 1405
The 412th Test Wing Public Affairs Office is responsible for the dissemination of information to both internal and external audiences. The office is comprised of the following sections: audio-visual and test support, digital engagement and innovation, graphics, operations and plans and outreach. These sections work together to disseminate information about Edwards and advise leadership on the use of these to tell the installation and wing’s story.
Audio-Visual and Test Support
The audio-visual and test support section is responsible for providing audio-visual support to the installation and documenting developmental tests for the flight test community.
Digital Engagement and Innovation
The digital engagement and innovation section maintains the Edwards AFB mobile app and provides the latest news and information, as well as historical accounts, about Edwards Air Force Base via social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. The Edwards Base Guide, a must for all newcomers, and specialized video creations are also produced by this office. Additionally, the Edwards Straight Talk Line (661-277-2345) is updated by this office. The section is also responsible for communication innovation and implementing the latest public communication technology across the public affairs team.
The graphics section provides page design and layout services and mission support print services for the 412th Test Wing, the Air Force Test Center and tenant units. Check with the graphics shop before you begin your project for superior results in a timely manner.
Operations and Plans
Media: Media outlets seeking information from personnel or family members at Edwards need to contact the Public Affairs media operations and plans office to ensure proper assistance. Anyone affiliated with the base who is contacted by media should refer them to Public Affairs at 661-277-4803.
This section also coordinates requests from entertainment media, given Edwards’ proximity to Hollywood studios and filmmakers. Edward’s robust history supporting major motion pictures, documentaries, music videos and other projects make it a popular choice of production companies for Air Force-approved projects. Operations and plans also handles media training for commanders or other unit representatives who could be interviewed for print or broadcast.
External and Command Information: The base electronic newspaper, the Desert Wings, also falls under this section’s purview along with managing news stories and other content on the Edward’s AFB public website, www.edwards.af.mil. All Edward AFB’s community members are encouraged to submit items of interest for story coverage in the Desert Wings. Also, burgeoning writers are encouraged to submit news articles through their units or to contact the Desert Wings staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for all submissions to the Desert Wings is Friday one week before the desired publication date. For more information about the external and command information program, call 661-277-4764.
Security and Policy Review: All those at Edwards who plan to provide information to the public involving their work at Edwards, in any form, must have that information or product cleared for release through the base’s security and policy review process. This includes writing a paper or an article, publishing or posting video or photographs, giving a public presentation or otherwise providing information to the public about their job at the base. All papers, articles, presentations, etc., MUST be cleared for release.
Environmental Public Affairs: Many actions taken by the base that could impact the environment have associated documents that require public review and comment. Periodically, public meetings are held to discuss those issues. Additionally, both Edwards and Plant 42 have restoration advisory boards that meet separately twice a year to share environmental cleanup information at each facility with the members of each board and the public. Anyone who has environmental concerns related to Edwards AFB should contact 661-277-8707.
Base Tours and Outreach: Currently there are two types of tours conducted by the outreach section in Public Affairs — general public tours and large group tours. These free tours require reservations, and the general public tours tend to fill up months in advance.
General public tours, for groups of two to 14 people, are conducted once a month, normally on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tours include the Air Force Flight Test Museum and a windshield tour of the main base and some of the flight line areas. For the latest tour date, visit the base’s public website, www.edwards.af.mil. Near the top of the splash page is a box labeled “Tours.” Click on the box and it will take you to the tours information page. Foreign national visitors are allowed, but reservation information must be received at least 30 days in advance to approve base access.
Reservations for general public tours are not accepted less than seven days ahead of the tour date. Large group tours are for groups of at least 15 people. Tour start times and lengths can be tailored to meet the needs of the group. Most large group tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Also, if you are interested in being a volunteer base tour guide, please contact us.
For more information or to make a reservation, email 412TW.email@example.com or call 661-277-3824/3510.