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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

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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….

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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…

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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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66th RQS honors PEDRO 66 crew

Posted  June 13, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. –  — The 66th Rescue Squadron took a step on June 10 to ensure that their fallen comrades will never be forgotten, during a ceremony where they named three roads after Airmen who died exactly three years ago in the Sangin District of Afghanistan. The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, call…

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Local Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 20, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Fri, June 21 & 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Mark Gungor talks about how to improve your marriage by understanding your spouse.  Please RSVP at 228-5690. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Tue, June 25, 9-10 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn why…

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World

Father and son duo share deployment together

Posted  June 20, 2013

BAGRAM AIR FIELDS, Afghanistan – If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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Health & Safety

The cost of medicine

Posted  June 20, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — Service members can save money by filling prescriptions at a local military treatment facility, while also saving the government a significant amount of money. According to statehealthfacts.org, an estimated 3.8 billion prescriptions were filled in the United States in 2011, costing Americans more than $271 billion. The total nears $300 billion…

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Fighter squadron inactivation signals end of A-10s in Europe

Posted  June 20, 2013

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) — The Air Force inactivated the 81st Fighter Squadron June 18, here, in support of force-shaping procedures across the service. The squadron employed the A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the closure signals the end of A-10 operations in Europe. “For 71 years, the men and women of this fine squadron have ensured America’s…

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May 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  June 20, 2013

During May 2013, D-M commanders administered six Non-judicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct or fails to…

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755th AMXS

Posted  June 20, 2013

The 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provides war-fighting commanders with combat ready EC-130H Compass Call aircraft to expeditiously execute information warfare and electronic attack operations. Airmen from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron familiarize themselves with the EC-130H. The Airmen are recent technical school graduates, and are receiving on the job training. Airman from the 755th Aircraft…

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Official explains tuition assistance quality assurance program

Posted  June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management said on Capitol Hill June 12. In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee, Frederick E. Vollrath said new…

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Air Force removes six career fields from constrained list

Posted  June 20, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Six enlisted career fields will be removed from the career job reservation constrained list, while 17 others will see lower quotas, beginning June 15, Air Force Personnel Center officials said June 13. The career job reservation program enables the Air Force to manage the number of first-term Airmen who reenlist…

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Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted  June 20, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm.

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