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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said here today. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that…

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Events

D-M’s Santas-in-blue visit local schools

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Santas-in-Blue program made its first stop of the year at the San Xavier Mission School, Dec. 10. More than 40 D-M Airmen joined Santa in passing out Christmas gifts to several hundred children. This year the program will be visiting three schools and passing out nearly 2,100 gifts to over 1,000 students. “When you…

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Air Force

DOS rollback included in FY14 force management

Posted  December 19, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — In addition to force management programs announced in July, the Air Force will implement the Enlisted Date of Separation Rollback Program for fiscal year 2014, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Dec. 17. The rollback will accelerate the date of separation for senior master sergeants and below…

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Commissary scanning IDs

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Defense Commissary Agency has implemented a new policy requiring a Department of Defense ID card bar code be scanned in order to make purchases at all commissaries throughout the military. “The purpose of the scanning IDs is to positively identify authorized patrons for the commissary, just like the Department of the Air Force or…

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Alaskan NORAD Region keeps Santa safe, on schedule

Posted  December 19, 2013

OINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — Children around the world know the role the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, plays in tracking Santa’s Christmas Eve flight around the world. What many don’t know is the role an organization in Alaska plays in ensuring Santa makes his deliveries. U.S. and Canadian servicemembers of the Alaskan NORAD…

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ANG director visits Tucson Airmen

Posted  December 19, 2013

The director of the Air National Guard arrived at the Tucson International Airport Thursday, touring facilities and speaking with Airmen from the 162nd Fighter Wing and the 214th Air Reconnaissance Group. Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III’s visit to the guard units included attending an annual conference involving weapons and tactics issues for America’s air…

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Events

Southern Arizona to host annual train show

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) will be hosting the Tucson Garden Railway Society of Tucson during the holiday season.  Numerous operational train displays will be set-up in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium, Building 4 for patients, employees, volunteers, families, children, and especially the young at heart.  The train show will be held…

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Veterans

VA warns of marketing scam

Posted  December 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VA’s national call center and the GI Bill call center. Callers who misdial and reach the fraudulent numbers will…

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Commentary

CFC: Supporting those when they’re not “bulletproof”

Posted  December 12, 2013

It was 2006 and I was on the tail end of a combat tour in Afghanistan where, over the course of the deployment, I flew combat missions employing the Laser Guided Bombs and 30mm in support of Americans on the ground. With my squadron’s tour at an end, we were at a base in the…

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Local Briefs December 13, 2013

Posted  December 12, 2013

National Active and Retired Federal Employees to meet Jan. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. – U-Like Buffet The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their monthly luncheon meeting on January 13, 2014, at the U-Like Buffet, 330 South Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85711.  The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and…

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