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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

IG hotline reports spike in complaints

Posted  November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – Complaints to the Defense Department’s inspector general hotline have climbed by 125 percent over the past four years, a senior official in the office said, and the cases include everything from abuse in the workplace to the multi-million-dollar contracting investigation now underway within the upper reaches of the Navy. “We are marketing and…

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AT&T’s U-Verse service goes on sale at the Exchange

Posted  November 14, 2013

DALLAS – Exchange shoppers in the continental United States can now subscribe to AT&T’s U-verse Internet, TV and Voice services directly through the Exchange and get a free $100 Gift Card with a bundle subscription. To get the Exchange special offer, shoppers must subscribe by going to www.shopmyexchange.com/u-verse.  This website provides extensive information about the…

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Air Force

Commissary bound? Grab your DoD ID

Posted  November 14, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. — Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers’ Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency continues its pursuit to deliver a 21st century benefit. The commissary at Fort Lee, Va., became the first store to scan ID cards on Oct. 22 as the first part of an agency-wide rollout to…

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Acting SecAF visits D-M

Posted  November 14, 2013

Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning visited Airmen and to get first-hand knowledge on the various missions here and address key issues within the Air Force, Nov. 5. Fanning was confirmed as the 24th Under Secretary of the Air Force April 18, and assumed the role of acting secretary June 21. As the…

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Aircraft washing: not your average bubble bath

Posted  November 14, 2013

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE S.C. — After many hours in the sky, the 20th Fighter Wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons get dirty. Whether from afterburner exhaust or smashed insects, the jets need to be washed. Airmen from the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron here get the sudsy job of washing aircraft, scrubbing down the jets at the wash-rack. “No…

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Health & Safety

Supplement safety website helps keep Airmen healthy, informed

Posted  November 14, 2013

WASHINGTON  — For peak performance, people should eat healthy and exercise regularly. But in their quest to gain an edge, many resort to dietary supplements. Enter Operation Supplement Safety, or OPSS. This Defense Department educational campaign, accessible at www.hprc-online.org/opss, is targeted at service members and healthcare providers, but is available to anyone looking for useful information…

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Airmen march in local parade

Posted  November 14, 2013

Davis-Monthan Airmen marched in the annual Veterans Day Parade in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 11. Forty Airmen from around base volunteered to participate in the event to include Col. Michael Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander and Chief Master Sgt. Dawna Cnota, 355th Fighter Wing command chief. Veterans Day, formally Armistice Day, was originated to honor…

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Health & Safety

Protect your smile with a mouth guard

Posted  November 14, 2013

Once again, its fall and that means sports! Whether it’s you, your buddies or your kids out there enjoying some football, soccer or another sport of your choice, it’s always wise to make sure you’re playing safe. Each year, thousands of athletes suffer sports injuries, with about one third being oral-related. Falls or hits to…

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Leave policy allows permissive TDY to legally marry: Rules apply equally to same sex and opposite sex couples

Posted  November 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)–Military members who are unable to legally marry in the state or country where they are assigned can request permissive temporary duty to travel to a state where they can get married, according to an Oct. 15 leave policy update, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26…

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From the greenery of Virginia to the desert: 162nd FW welcomes new leader

Posted  November 8, 2013

U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Hollie Hansen Col. Howard “Phil” Purcell speaks to the men and women of the 162nd Fighter Wing as the new wing commander. A former wing vice commander from the 192nd Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base, Va., Purcell assumed command of the 162nd Fighter Wing during…

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