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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

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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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Health & Safety

Dagger Point: Master Sgt. Clark talks about his roles as a SARC representative

Posted  October 3, 2013

Master Sgt. Nathan Clark is the Operations Superintendent assigned to the 612th Air Operations Center and is one of three people within 12th Air force who are active Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) representatives under the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. The SARP program is designed to support to victims of sexual assault….

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Health & Safety

Stem cells cultivate new family

Posted  October 3, 2013

There comes a time when you have the option to save a life. You might have the chance to pull someone from a burning building, prevent a suicide or just maybe, give part of yourself to a stranger. Tech Sgt. Justin Slater had the chance to do just that. Ten years ago at Travis Air…

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Local

Due to the government shutdown, base services are limited

Posted  October 3, 2013

Due to the current furlough of civilian employees, the following facilities will be closed until further notice: Family Child Care Office (not the CDC) School Liaison Office Housing Office Equal Opportunity Office Community Liaison Office Chiropractic Services Mental health Outreach Program Chapel: Daily Catholic Mass is suspended Information Protection Office: All offices are closed and…

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Salutes & Awards

Nominees sought for Verne Orr award

Posted  October 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials are accepting nominations for the 2014 Verne Orr Award. The Air Force Association established this award in honor of former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr to recognize mission-oriented unit accomplishments and achievements that used personnel to their full potential in order…

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Veterans

Until They All Come Home: POWs remember their captivity

Posted  October 3, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev — The Warsaw Uprising. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The Chinese Spring Offensive. These were some of the battles that veterans who attended the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day here fought and lived to pass on their story. The base held a ceremony at Freedom Park to remember and…

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TRICARE officials issue statement about government shutdown

Posted  October 3, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Officials with the Defense Health Agency issued the following statement Oct. 1: “We know that those who rely on the Military Health System are concerned about how the government shutdown might impact their health care. While we can’t predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our…

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AF legal website increases efficiency, tracks satisfaction

Posted  October 3, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — When active-duty and Reserve component members, retirees and dependents need wills, powers of attorney, or have legal questions, they can go to https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil/lass/lass.html. The purpose of the site is to increase efficiency and track client satisfaction with the Air Force legal assistance program. Because it is a public site, clients may…

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Events

Airmen invited to participate in ‘Days of Caring’

Posted  October 3, 2013

Desert Lightning Team members have the opportunity to take part in Tucson’s 14th Annual Days of Caring Oct. 23 and Oct. 26. Annual Days of Caring is Tucson’s single largest volunteer event where thousands of people from local businesses, community groups and schools lend a hand to make a difference in the community. “United Way…

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Health & Safety

Breast Cancer Awareness

Posted  October 3, 2013

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. It is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of screening and early detection of breast cancer. Davis-Monthan Radiology clinic is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point…

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Health & Safety

You can prevent kitchen fires

Posted  October 3, 2013

Your home should be a safe haven, but do you regularly check for fire hazards? The 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign will run from 6-12 October and the theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. It is all about keeping you, your family, and the Desert Lightning community safe from a fire. Fire Prevention Week is actively…

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