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AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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…

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts) Events

First Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event a success

The 162nd Wing’s Air Wing Integrator hosted her first Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event on April 10 at the Hilton Garden Inn Tucson International Airport. Christina Desiato began working here last September with a purpose, to assist deployed service members throughout the deployment cycle, and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is her number one priority….

(U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Davis) Salutes & Awards

HARM office receives prestigious career-field award

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

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…

(U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Staff Sgt. Gregory Ferreira) Salutes & Awards

162nd Wing remembers influential leader

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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COMACC visits D-M

Posted  March 19, 2015

U.S. Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, Commander of Air Combat Command, visited here, Feb. 27, -Mar. 1. During Carlisle’s visit he had two goals, to certify a Viper Demonstration Team pilot, and to speak with the Airmen. After clearing the pilot to fly in future airshows Carlisle held an all-call where he spoke about what…

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Health & Safety

VA eliminates net worth as health care eligibility factor

Posted  March 19, 2015

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve. Effective 2015, VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs…

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Service members involved in UH-60 crash identified

Posted  March 19, 2015

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — It is with a heavy heart that the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Louisiana National Guard formally announced the names of the seven Marines and four Soldiers who died in an Army UH-60 Black Hawk crash near Eglin Air Force Base, at approximately…

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Sports

AF trials underway for 2015 Warrior Games

Posted  March 12, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) — U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, British and Australian wounded warriors here are fighting for a chance to compete at the 2015 Warrior Games during the Air Force Trials Feb. 27 through March 5. The trials are an adaptive sports event designed to promote the mental and physical well-being…

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World

Women’s History Month: Remembering the past, looking toward the future

Posted  March 12, 2015

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — During the 1900s, answering phone calls, maintaining records and providing minor health care were some of few roles women who served in the military were permitted to fill. Jobs left open because men left for war, gave women the opportunity to step up and volunteer on the home front….

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Veterans

VA encourages eligible Vets to apply for Veterans Summer Sports Clinic

Posted  March 12, 2015

Washington – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is accepting applications from Veterans interested in participating in the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic. The 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic will be held Sept.13-18 at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in San Diego, California. The annual event is expected to attract Veterans from…

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Air Force waives renters insurance obligation in privatized housing

Posted  March 12, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen signing a lease to live in privatized homes on base may no longer be covered by a renters insurance provision, due to a recent Department of Defense change in basic allowance for housing. The Department of Defense opted to eliminate the renters insurance component of BAH, an…

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Events

D-M to host 2nd annual Pat’s Run

Posted  March 12, 2015

Davis-Monthan is scheduled to host the Second Annual DMAFB Pat’s Run Troop Run on Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m. The ruck/walk/run will begin at the Benko Fitness Center and will be 4.2 miles long. This event can be enjoyed by all family members! Cost for adults is $20.00 and children 12 and under are…

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Where the land meets the sky Davis-Monthan deployers participate in “Show-n-Tell” in Bagram

Posted  March 12, 2015

U.S. Airmen from the 455 EAMXS and 41 EAMU deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, participated in a “Show-n-tell” with U.S. Marines also deployed to BAF on Feb. 23. This meeting afforded an opportunity for members of both services to become better acquainted with equipment and procedures utilized during joint missions. The Airmen showcased the…

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Upholding uniform standards: Duty of all Airmen

Posted  March 12, 2015

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – — After enough time in service, many Airmen become very comfortable wearing the uniform. It becomes a part of them, yet at times there are those who occasionally forget the small conduct and appearance standards that come with wearing the uniform. Some Airman may have hair that is slightly out of…

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