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Soon-to-be former Nellis commander reflects on time at base

LAS VEGAS -- The commander of Nellis Air Force Base faced challenges ranging from budget cuts to military actions during his time in southern Nevada.

Colonel Barry Cornish will soon be moving to a new assignment in the pacific. Col. Cornish has had a history with Nellis Air Force Base as a student, a pilot, and in June 2012 he became the commander.

The first time Cornish come to Nellis, he was sent to pick up a plane and fly it back to his base in Alaska. He didn't know at the time he would one day become its commander.

“We landed and I instantly got kind of mesmerized by this place,” Cornish said.

Nellis is the home of Red Flag Exercise and the Warfare Center. It is where new tactics are drawn up and where advanced training is given.

Pilots prepare for war by flying in ways that aren't allowed at most other bases in the country.

EDC crowds cause major delays along SB I-15

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Traffic along southbound I-15 south of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is expected to be slow moving throughout the morning as crowds of people leave the annual Electric Daisy Carnival.

Drivers who use I-15 should allow for extra time on their commute or use alternate routes.

8 News NOW will have traffic updates as they become available.

Calif. man, 24, dies at Electric Daisy Carnival

LAS VEGAS — A man who attended the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas died while leaving the all-night event, according to sources from Metro police.

The Clark County Coroner has identified the man as 24-year-old Montgomery Tsang of San Leandro, California. According to a friend, Tsang collapsed in the parking lot while leaving the festival, police were told. He was taken to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Initial reports indicate Tsang suffered from some sort of medical condition, although the coroner has not released an official cause of death.

EDC released the following statement: 

"Today we learned some very tragic news, that after attending the festival a guest of the show has passed away.

Electric Daisy Carnival big money maker for Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- A festival all about electronic dance music might not be everyone’s idea of fun, but there is no denying Electric Daisy Carnival makes southern Nevada a lot of money.

Last year, EDC pumped $278 million into the economy. It is not just from hotel rooms.

Farrihn Enos and Sherrie Roy are looking for the perfect ensemble to go with Indian headdresses they bought online to wear to music festival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

They live in Las Vegas and don't need to spend money on a hotel, but they've already broken out their wallets for EDC.

“At least, like, $600 each, so far yeah,” they said.

Last year's EDC brought in 345,000 people. The party goers provided $25 million for hotels, $45 million for food, and $11 million for stores.

Vice president of Halloween Mart Heather George says many businesses do whatever they can to cater to the unique crowd.

Commander leaving Nellis AFB

Colonel Barry Cornish

LAS VEGAS -- Colonel Barry Cornish, the Commander at Nellis Air Force Base, is leaving southern Nevada for Hawaii, military sources tell 8 News NOW.

Cornish will be the executive officer for the Pacific Air Forces command at Hickam Air Force Base. Cornish has been stationed in Nevada since  June 2010 when he was the Vice Commander of the 57th Wing. He has been the Commander of the 99th Air Base Wing since June 2012.

Crash investigators learn valuable lessons at motor speedway

LAS VEGAS -- Car crashes happen on southern Nevada roads every day, causing billions of dollars in economic and societal harm each year.

However, investigators can learn something from each accident, and Monday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, they had real-life, hands-on training with a series of crash tests.

Rusty Haight got behind the wheel of a clunker, on a collision course with other junk cars. Parts flew, fluids leaked and the old Crown Vic is now wrecked.

Haight is in the Guinness Book of World Records for conducting more than 1,000 crash tests, but he is not playing bumper cars for fun.

"The goal here is to give the accident investigator and reconstructionist an opportunity to see a crash first hand. Because normally, they get to see crashes once they've already occurred. There is bent metal on the roadway. There are dead bodies on the scene, and they're getting there in the aftermath," Haight said.

Red Flag Exercises returning to Nellis Air Force Base

Red Flag Exercises returning to Nellis Air Force Base

People living near Nellis Air Force Base will be hearing and seeing more military aircraft in the area with the return of Red Flag Exercises in July.

Red Flag will return to the base July 14 through 25. During that time, aircraft are scheduled to leave Nellis twice a day and remain in the air for up to five hours.

The exercises provide valuable real-world type experience for air, space and cyber forces. Forces and aircraft from across the United States and from several allies participate in the exercises.

Troops use the Nevada Test and Training Range just north of the base for much of the exercises. It provides 15,000 square miles of airspace and 2.9 million acres of land.