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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(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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JAG Corp announces law school programs

Posted  November 8, 2013

Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) and Excess Leave Program (ELP) are being accepted from 1 January through 1 March 2014. Interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected n any academic year is determined based on the needs of the Air Force. “Our Air Force missions…

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Total Force Service Center contact numbers change

Posted  November 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Telephone contact numbers for the Total Force Service Center, or TFSC, will change Nov. 15. The new numbers are commercial 210-565-0102 and DSN 665-0102. They will replace DSN 665-5000 and DSN 847-3294. To ensure Airmen have ample time to adjust, Air Force Personnel Center officials will keep both old DSN…

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Same-sex spouses eligible for FMLA benefits

Posted  November 8, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Federal employees with same-sex spouses are now provided the same Family and Medical Leave Act coverage as those with opposite-sex spouses, according to an Oct. 21 Office of Personnel Management memorandum. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional,…

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Veterans Day: More than a day off work

Posted  November 8, 2013

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. — What do you think of when you think of Veterans Day?  Is this just another day off of work for you to get your “honey do” list caught up, or is it a day of thanks and honor for all America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness…

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From artist to engine mechanic

Posted  November 8, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier Senior Airman Patrick Corcoran, 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron propulsion technician, stands in front of a mural he airbrushed at Davis-Monthan. The mural took him approximately six weeks to complete and is the second of five murals to be painted in the 755th AMXS hanger….

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2013 Veterans Day Free Meal and Discounts

Posted  November 8, 2013

Make sure you have Proof of Military Service when visiting companies offering Veteran’s Day deals. First, most companies require some form of military ID – including a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion…

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Local Briefs November 8, 2013

Posted  November 8, 2013

D-M men’s softball team to hold tryouts Nov. 7 – 8, 4:30 p.m. The men’s base softball team is scheduled to hold tryouts at the fields located behind the 12th Air Force headquarters building, Nov. 7-8 at 4:30 p.m. There will be 25 players selected to the team roster. Practices will be held weekly and…

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AFI change simplifies fitness appeal process

Posted  October 31, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen who fail their fitness assessment now may appeal to their wing commanders rather than submit an appeal to the Air Force Board for Corrections of Military Records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The appeal process change is one of several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2905,…

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D-M Airman takes a trip with Honor Flight

Posted  October 31, 2013

An Airman was sponsored to escort a World War II veteran on Honor Flight, Oct. 6-8, 2013. Staff Sgt. David Wilcken, 612th Air and Space Operations Center air tasking order production technician, was the guardian for Robert Yeschek, a World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, who traveled to Washington D.C. with 76…

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Black eye event calls for compassion

Posted  October 31, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — She walked into the honor guard training area that day, unsure of how her fellow guardsmen would react. The black eye she had was obvious, so she headed straight to her locker to hide the bruising. Others she encountered wouldn’t make eye-contact with her, even when speaking to her, and…

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