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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Mentorship impacts young service members

Posted  November 21, 2013

You’ve just enlisted in the military, but you have no idea how it works or what are you supposed to do. Who do you go to for help? “It’s a requirement for senior leaders to help build and mentor younger enlisted service members,” said Master Sgt. Brian Young, 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. “(Us…

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Exchange keeping the ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Posted  November 21, 2013

DALLAS – With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday. Customers will not have to wait long…

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Military spouse competes on reality cooking show

Posted  November 14, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Seonkyoung Longest, wife of Master Sgt. Jacob Longest, is one of nine contestants in a new television show, “Restaurant Express” that aired for the first time on the Food Network, Nov. 3. Born and raised in South Korea, Seonkyoung said that while cooking is a passion of hers…

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ACOMS First Six Association lauded by Tucson Community

Posted  November 14, 2013

A ceremony honoring the 612th Air Communication Squadron’s First Six Association was held in the Tucson community, Nov. 7. The group was officially recognized by several community leaders at Erikson Elementary School for adopting one of Tucson’s local parks, Vista del Prado Park. The Vista del Prado Park project was taken on by Tech. Sgt….

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Standards don’t change – on duty or off

Posted  November 14, 2013

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do are core values that U.S. Air Force Airmen live by. Although these are important values for the Air Force, every base has their own principles that are essential to accomplishing the mission. Brig. Gen. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander,…

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ACC Commander: ‘I will die before I give up’

Posted  November 14, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan  — The Commander of Air Combat Command visited Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 8, to meet with Airmen and leadership during a tour of the Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility. Gen. Mike Hostage said understanding the conditions and expectations of the Airmen here will help to ensure training standards continue to prepare Airmen to…

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Local Briefs November 15, 2013

Posted  November 14, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet Saturday, Nov. 16, Noon – Mirage Club The Society of Military Widows will have their meeting and a Thanksgiving luncheon at the Mirage Club. For your reservations, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 ten days prior to the luncheon. DMOSC November Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m – Mirage…

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Shutdown cost DOD $600 million

Posted  November 14, 2013

Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, the Pentagon’s top financial officer said. During a Pentagon news conference, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale said that in addition to the lost productivity, the shutdown generated a number of other costs that have…

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Honor and Camaraderie: Chaplain receives knighthood and continues to serve

Posted  November 14, 2013

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — He may not wear medieval armor while on horseback wielding a man-sized sword, but he does live by a code of honor as a knight. Through dedication and motivation, Chaplain Maj. David Kruse, 82nd Training Wing, has achieved knighthood through the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem during a…

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AF Portal goes mobile, gets face-lift

Posted  November 14, 2013

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. — Expected to launch by the end of 2013, the Global Combat Support System-Air Force, or GCSS-AF, is rolling out a revamped portal, which simplifies navigation, improves performance on low-bandwidth connections and works from mobile devices. “The old system had become cluttered, difficult to navigate and was in need of an update,” said…

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