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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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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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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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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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CFC kicks off with fundraiser breakfast

Posted  September 19, 2013

Want to support a cause or donate to your favorite charity? Here’s your chance. This year’s Combined Federal Campaign kicked-off Sept. 12 with a breakfast fundraiser at the Mirage Club. The CFC donates roughly 250 million dollars per year to a variety of charities. The groups vary from animal shelters to children’s education. “Donating to…

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Air Force tuition assistance undergoing changes

Posted  September 19, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Changes to the application process and some of the guidelines for the Air Force tuition assistance program go into effect with classes that begin after Oct. 1. These changes will require supervisors to bear more responsibility for their Airmen filing for TA. “Supervisors will have in-depth control and will now be…

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Attitude key to overcoming adversity

Posted  September 19, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Imagine you’re a 36-year-old technical sergeant at the top of your game in aircraft maintenance. The year is 2000, and you’re at Kadena Air Base, Japan, taking care of business on F-15s. A competitive professional with high standards, you get things done. Whenever the need arises, you voluntarily work long hours…

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D-M Airman wins ACC award

Posted  September 19, 2013

Senior Airmen Christopher Osnes, 355th Operation Support Squadron Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape specialist, was recognized for going above and beyond the scope of his job. Due to his exceptional performance, Osnes received the Air Combat Command SERE Specialist Airman of the Year for 2012. The responsibility of a SERE specialist is to prepare aircrew and…

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Local Briefs September 20, 2013

Posted  September 19, 2013

Summary Courts Officer notice for Senior Airman Kier C. Kablitz Senior Airman Kier C. Kablitz of the 2nd Combat Weather Systems Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. passed away Aug. 9, 2013 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Maj James Krischke,…

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Running for others

Posted  September 19, 2013

SOUTHWEST ASIA — In the words of Vince Lombardi “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.” I used to run for myself, I loved running and everything about it. However, with time comes change, and instead I now…

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Responder demystifies calling military crisis line for help

Posted  September 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — When someone is in crisis and feeling despondent, reaching out for help is a stronger step to take than doing nothing, which can lead to a worsening state, a Military Crisis Line responder told American Forces Press Service Sept. 9. Tricia Lucchesi said she encourages service members, families, veterans and friends to…

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