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162nd Wing awards ceremony; Honoring the Airmen who soar

Posted April 24, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis

April in Tucson brings an abundance of beauty and renewed life to the desert with warm temperatures, bright-colored blossoms, and positive growth. Spring is a time to cherish the beauty of the landscape and give thanks for our blessings as life blooms before our eyes. It is also a time when the 162nd Wing honors…

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HARM office receives prestigious career-field award

Posted April 24, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davis

TUCSON, Ariz. — The 162nd Wing Host Aviation Resource Management office celebrated receipt of the career-field’s top honor, the Sergeant Dee Campbell Outstanding Aviation Resource Management Large Unit of the Year for the Air National Guard during the wing’s annual awards ceremony Sunday, April 11. “We’ve never received this award before, so it’s pretty special for us”…

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(U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira)
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162nd Wing remembers influential leader

Posted April 24, 2015 by Staff Sgts. Heather Davis and Gregory Ferreira

The 162nd Wing mourned the loss of an icon, Sunday, as one of its most influential unit members was laid to rest. Retired Chief Master Sgt. Karen Veltman dedicated 32 years of her life to the 162nd, its members and their families. She stands as a pillar of feminist fortitude to the masses of women…

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AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

Posted April 24, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In April 2015, the Air Force will begin conducting the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to women. When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women. The current…

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New tool to improve cleanup at Tucson-area AF plant

Posted April 24, 2015 by

The AF Civil Engineer Center has found a new method to remove toxins trapped in naturally occurring dense soils, like clay, in Tucson called Hrydrofracturing.  During the 1950s to the early 1970s, Air Force Plant 44 in Tucson, a government-owned, contractor-operated manufacturing facility, disposed of metals and solvents which led to soil and groundwater contamination…

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12th Air Force bomb wings move to Air Force Global Strike Command

Posted April 24, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force have directed the realignment of the Air Force’s B-1 bomber fleets and Long Range Strike-Bomber program from Air Combat Command to Air Force Global Strike Command, effective Oct. 1. The move will realign the Air Force’s core mission of global strike and all of…

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AFSOUTH working with Colombia to develop space program

Posted April 17, 2015 by 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Public Affairs

American Airmen from the Space community traveled to multiple U.S. space operations locations with Colombian air force counterparts in February as part of a U.S. Southern Command subject matter expert exchange. According to Lt. Col Trae York, 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern Director of Space Forces, the objective of the exchange was to…

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SNCOs: Contact AFPC to see if Course 14 completion is noted in records

Posted April 17, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Senior NCOs recently notified by the Air University Barnes Center for Enlisted Education that their Senior NCO Academy Distance Learning Course 14 Version 6 “failed” exam scores have been corrected may want to review their records to ensure updates are complete. In late 2013, Air Education and Training…

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Reminder to Airmen: Avoid hemp seed products

Posted April 17, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Air Force drug testing officials have long warned military members to avoid products that include hemp seed or hemp oil in order to ensure military readiness. In 2013, news reports on the Air Force’s prohibition of a popular yogurt brand spotlighted a regulation, in effect since the late 1990s. Military members were told to…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted April 17, 2015 by

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Daniel Nelson / 42 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Amanda Hass Duty Title: NCOIC Security When joined the AF: Dec. 7, 2007 Hometown: Escondido, CA Hobbies: Hiking, painting, woodworking, and Automotive repair Selection Reasons: Sergeant Nelson was hand selected to stand up the 42 ECS security shop. He completed 22 hours of…

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