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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(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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“It is my duty as a pararescueman to save life…”

Posted  October 31, 2013

Eight Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at D-M were first responders on a 19 vehicle accident involving more than 20 people on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, Ariz., Oct. 29. Six pararescueman, a combat rescue officer and a communications specialist were driving through a dust storm with reduced visibility after jump training in Eloy,…

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Local Briefs November 1, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows will have their meeting and a Thanksgiving luncheon at noon, Nov. 16 at the Mirage Club at D.M. Air Force Base. For your reservations, please call Kay Spargur 574-6628 ten days prior to the luncheon. NARFE Association, Chapter 55 to meet The National Active and Retired Federal…

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Airmen find frightening ways to volunteer

Posted  October 31, 2013

Airmen from D-M received the opportunity to rack up volunteer hours in October by helping out at a local farm. More than 100 military members helped during Buckelew Farm’s “Terror in the Corn”; dressing up in costumes, providing security, and helping with make-up and moving props. Master Sgt. Manolito Carrabis, 355th Civil Engineering Squadron readiness and…

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Attention all Airmen: Sexual assault convictions are now published on-line

Posted  October 31, 2013

As members of the Desert Lightning Team it is important that you are aware of the “back to basics” approach the Air Force has taken with regards to strategic communications and the on-going battle to combat sexual assault.  Beginning immediately, sexual assault convictions, and the perpetrators of these crimes will be published on-line.  You will…

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Diamond Sharp November 1, 2013

Posted  October 31, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Erin Litchfield / 41 ECS First Sergeant:  Senior Master Sgt. Richard Davis Duty Title: EC-130H Acquisition Operator When joined the AF: Jan. 17, 2012 Hometown: Marana, AZ Hobbies: Camping, hiking, paintball, basketball, and collecting swords & chess sets Selection Reasons:   Airman 1st Class Litchfield completed her CDC’s and all 5-level…

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Cruisin’ without bruisin’

Posted  October 31, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — When people think of stupid and reckless decisions, buying a motorcycle is usually on the top of their list. However, while knowing this, I personally canceled a plane ticket and bought a motorcycle in North Carolina and drove it to Columbus AFB; to say the least, my leadership was a little…

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AWACS unit makes history fielding nearly all-female flight crew

Posted  October 31, 2013

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Members of the 552nd Air Control Wing and 513th Air Control Group made history recently by fielding a nearly all-female flight crew. The crew, comprised of 19 women from every operational flying squadron within the wing and four men, took to the air on Aug. 23, in what is believed to…

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A special thanks from Pima Air and Space Museum

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Pima Air & Space Museum would like to thank all of the personnel from Davis-Monthan AFB who volunteered at our recent family events, Night Wings and Night of Fright.   Together, these events served more than 4,000 people in our community.  It’s a great feeling for us to be able to host these community events…

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Students hold drive to save lives

Posted  October 31, 2013

The American Red Cross held a blood drive in the Sonoran Science Academy gym Oct. 24, 2013. The blood drive was hosted by the school’s National Honor Society in coordination with the ARC. The NHS members were contacted after they submitted a blood drive request to the ARC for a volunteer service project. “This was…

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Article 137: What is it and how does it apply to me?

Posted  October 31, 2013

The Article 137 briefing originates from the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It outlines specific articles within the UCMJ that must be explained to enlisted members at certain times during their career. If you are an enlisted member of the Armed Forces then this briefing will apply to you. Article 137 states these articles must…

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