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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

“These things we do that others may live”

Posted  September 19, 2013

Airmen from the 55th Rescue Squadron will be awarded medals Sept. 20 at the 55th RQS at 2 p.m. The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal with Valor and the Air Medal with Valor will be presented to eight Airmen for their actions during a contingency operation. While deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, the 55th RQS members…

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Open mind, extra time can save cash when traveling

Posted  September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Fantasizing about an exotic getaway but finding yourself strapped for cash? A “Space-A” seat aboard a military aircraft might be just your ticket to that vacation of your dreams. Military-owned or -contracted aircraft fly to more places than many people realize, even to areas without U.S. military installations. When all mission-related passengers…

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Presenting The Medallions

Posted  September 19, 2013

Members of the Desert Lightning Team participated in a medallion ceremony honoring World War II veterans held Sept. 7 at Silver Springs Senior Living Community in Green Valley. The ceremony was a joint endeavor between local branches of all four services and Silver Springs. Silver Springs is an independent and assisted senior living community located…

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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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Health & Safety

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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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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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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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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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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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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