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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Diamond Sharp October 11, 2013

Posted  October 10, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Richard Marshall / 755 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Brian Young Duty Title:   Electrical Environmental Apprentice When joined the AF: Oct. 10, 2012 Hometown:  Orlando, Fla. Hobbies: Martial Arts, Reading, Watching Documentaries, & Riding Motorcycle Selection Reasons: Airman 1st Class Brian Marshall has distinguished himself both as a basic training…

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To serve with honor

Posted  October 10, 2013

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. — “FIRING PARTY! TENCH HUT! READUP HACE! … Not quite up to par. Start over.” That was about the tempo of my first week assigned to the 4th Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard. Welcome to the life of the new guy. I remember stepping through the front door of the honor…

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Events

D-M soars high

Posted  October 10, 2013

Morethan 600 residents at Davis-Monthan enjoyed the 7th Annual Soaring Heights National Night Out, Oct. 1. National Night Out, which has been a part of the D-M community for 30 years, is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and also helps generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts. “Our residents live…

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Members from the 55th ECG return home

Posted  October 10, 2013

Members from the 55th Electronic Combat Group welcomed home deployed squadron members, Oct. 7. The 11 ECG Airmen returned from a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  While deployed, members of the 55th operated an EC-130H Commando Solo aircraft. The Airmen were deployed for three months, but to family and friends, it seemed…

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Health & Safety

Flu defense takes seconds

Posted  October 3, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — If you want to avoid that aching, tired, runny nose, fever, sneezing and coughing period of misery, you can save yourself with just one quick jab of a needle. Flu season is here, and Air Force health officers say it’s time to get the shot. The seasonal flu vaccine for…

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Help out Santa Claus with fee-free Exchange layaway

Posted  October 3, 2013

Holiday shoppers can keep their loved ones’ gifts out of sight and under wraps until the time is right thanks to the return of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s fee-free layaway plan. Through Dec. 24, the Davis-Monthan Exchange will waive the $3 processing fee for all layaway purchases. Improving on the Exchange’s year-round…

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Diamond Sharp October 4, 2013

Posted  October 3, 2013

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. James R. Dillahunt / 355 SFS/S3OA First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. John Brown Duty Title: BDOC Controller When joined the AF: Aug. 30, 2005 Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana Hobbies:  Sports – Baseball/ Football Selection Reasons:   On July 4, 2013, Staff Sgt. Dillahunt was posted as crowd control during the fireworks display at…

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Health & Safety

Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted  October 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the…

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Sports

D-M holds Attack Fitness

Posted  October 3, 2013

D-M holds Attack Fitness The 355th Force Support Squadron held the Attack Fitness Competition at the Haeffner Gym, Sept. 27. The first workout consisted of 500m row, 20 back squats at body weight and 30 pull-ups. The second work consisted of a box jumps, and overhead weight. The third involved swimming eight against time and…

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Local Briefs October 4, 2013

Posted  October 3, 2013

Officers’ Spouses’ Club to meet Join the Officers’ Spouses’ in playing Bunko on October 17 at the “Bookno” Luncheon.  11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Mirage Club.  Reservations required by October 14.  Go to www.dmosc.org to make a reservation. Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon at…

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