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General Courts-Martial for Sexual Assault: How do they work?

Posted May 1, 2015 by Maj. Derek Rowe

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Support for military sexual assault victims and the number of reported offenses have increased in recent years resulting in more investigations and courts-martial involving sexual assault charges. This article describes the general court-martial process and some of the unique aspects with regards to sexual assault cases. One distinct aspect of…

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Enlisted members selected for promotion to get EPR on “select” grade closeout date

Posted April 24, 2015 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — In line with a recent update to the Air Force policy on enlisted performance report static closeout dates (SCOD), effective immediately, all future EPRs for promotion-selectees will close out on the date of the promotion-select grade. At the direction of Headquarters Air Force, Airmen promoted to technical sergeant…

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AF celebrates Earth Day by focusing on mission today, tomorrow

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

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force leaders reminded Airmen to keep the mission in mind as the Air Force observed the 45th annual Earth Day April 22. The service has encouraged Airmen around the globe to focus on recycling efforts this year, in line with its 2015 theme, “Conserve Today – Secure Tomorrow.” “Air Force bases…

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“Marry Me”: An artist’s reflection on life as a military spouse

Posted April 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Aaron J. Jenne

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — Diala Estela, 4th Fighter Wing key spouse mentor, placed third out of 35 exhibits April 3, at the Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, North Carolina. Estala’s sculpture, titled “Marry Me,” was a dress made from 130 plastic bottles to symbolize the spouses of active-duty service members based on her personal…

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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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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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