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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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“These things we do that others may live”… in Bagram

Posted  September 26, 2013

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron were be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor, Sept. 20 at the 55th RQS. The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor was presented to Capt. John Larson and Senior Airman Joshua Brown for their actions during a contingency operation while deployed to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. “I…

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Reservist protects her country with two careers

Posted  September 26, 2013

Most of the time you’ll find Yvette Orellana serving as a federal police officer for the U.S. Forest Service in Santa Barbara, Calif., patrolling in her squad car, writing tickets, protecting natural resources, as well as serving her local community as a mentor to teens heading down the wrong path. One might assume that in…

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Health & Safety

355th FSS to hold Attack Fitness Competition

Posted  September 26, 2013

The 355th Force Support Squadron will be holding the Attack Fitness Competition at 8 a.m. until noon at the Haeffner Gym, Sept. 27. This event is open to anyone with gym access, whether military or dependents, but is limited to 15 men and 15 women. There will be four required workouts that each competitor must…

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Davis-Monthan prepares to migrate

Posted  September 26, 2013

The 355th Fighter Wing, base higher headquarters, and tenants will soon migrate computer users into a central Air Force Network (AFNet). Over a period of 47 days beginning Nov 4, technicians will begin migrating Davis-Monthan NIPRNet workstations, network users and e-mail into the AFNet. The goal of this project is to collapse all individual or…

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Airmen directed to visit PRDA to view personnel records

Posted  September 26, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force Personnel Center plans to reduce the access Airmen have to the Automated Records Management System, better known as ARMS, on AFPC Secure Sept. 30. ARMS consolidated active-duty, Reserve and Air National Guard military personnel records from each installation during the last few years. This has reduced…

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Diamond Sharp September 27, 2013

Posted  September 26, 2013

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Kruczyk / 355 CPTS/FMF First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Michiah O’Brien Duty Title: NCOIC, Customer Service When joined the AF: March 1, 2006 Hometown: St. Louis, MO Hobbies: Sports, cars, computers, anything outdoors, wood working Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Kruczyk is a recent cross-trainee that came into Finance as a 3-level…

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Navy Knighthawks conduct joint training with Air Force Thunderbolts

Posted  September 26, 2013

Three U.S. Navy MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters participated in joint training with A-10 Thunderbolt II squadrons and Combat Search and Rescue units here September 12-20. The MH-60S, similar to the Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk, traveled from the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. along with 20 flight crew members and…

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Health & Safety

Random Anti-Terrorism Measures come to D-M

Posted  September 26, 2013

What do you do if you see suspicious activity or packages? Miguel Mendez, 355th Fighter Wing Anti-Terrorism Officer, is putting the Desert Lightning Team to the test with a program called Random Anti-Terrorism Measures. RAMs are just that, random inspections of various facilities from the anti-terrorism perspective and are designed to increase base personnel’s vigilance…

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Pharmacy home delivery cost-efficient, safe

Posted  September 19, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFPS) — Following an almost year-long study of the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program requested by members of Congress, the Defense Department inspector general’s office has determined it is a cost-efficient way for beneficiaries to get their prescription medications, TRICARE Management Activity officials reported. The inspector general’s study found that the Home…

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Doolittle Raiders’ final toast ceremony slated for Nov. 9 at Air Force Museum

Posted  September 19, 2013

DAYTON, Ohio — The U.S. Air Force will host the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders’ final toast to their fallen comrades during an invitation-only ceremony on Nov. 9, 2013, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. On April 18, 1942, 80 men achieved the unimaginable when they took off from an aircraft carrier on a top secret…

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