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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Know home-buying basics before becoming owner

Posted  September 15, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There comes a time when one may want to look at purchasing instead of renting a home and if done smartly, the advantages of owning a home can be greater than renting. “Given a long enough time line, a good home can be an appreciating asset,” said Cory Carmichael, 56th Force…

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88th Test and Evaluations Squadron

Posted  September 15, 2013

  Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test and Evaluations Squadron test instructor loadmaster, completes an aircraft all-radios check during a pre-flight inspection on an HC-130J Sept. 5. Pre-flight inspections are conducted throughout the aircraft to ensure integrity and serviceability of the aircraft’s frame and equipment.     Master Sgt. James A. Floyd, 88th Test…

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Trainer inspired to change people’s lives

Posted  September 15, 2013

Looking at Paul Johnson, 56th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist supervisor, one sees a strong, muscular, fit man. But, he says he wasn’t always that way.

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Stay focused, don’t punch out

Posted  September 15, 2013

Military aircraft go through vigorous inspections, daily, to ensure air crew safety, but what happens when an aircraft experiences malfunctions during flight? One D-M Airmen was faced with this situation.

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New bone marrow clinic opens at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center

Posted  September 15, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center took a step forward in the assistance of bone marrow treatments across the world by opening a bone marrow clinic. Of the 30,000 people in need of a bone marrow transplant each year, 500 are Department of Defense members. “By establishing the program here,…

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Local Briefs September 13, 2013

Posted  September 15, 2013

355 EMS Munitions Flight to conduct inventory assessment NOTICE TO ALL MUNITIONS FLIGHT CUSTODIANS/CUSTOMERS: The 355 EMS Munitions Flight will be conducting a 100% Munitions Stockpile Inventory Sept. 13. Only Emergency requests submitted in writing and approved by the MXG Commander will be supported. Direct any questions to Munitions Operations at 228-8274. Youth Flag Football…

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Airmen to be nominated for special duties

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Erin O’Shea The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team rehearses for the 57th Presidential Inaugural on Jan. 11, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Assignment to base honor guards will now be a vetted nomination process. LANGLEY AFB, Va. — Approved changes to the Air Force special duty program will…

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America’s warriors compete

Posted  September 6, 2013

The subjects of this story have chosen to omit their full names for operational security. One percent of the American population joins the military, and an even smaller percentage of that number serves in special operations forces. Being part of such a distinctive career field brings with it a certain set of survival and triage…

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Airmen make a difference with Awana

Posted  September 6, 2013

Courtesy Photo Awana volunteers play a game at Davis-Monthan. Awana volunteers can be spouses, services members or DoD employees. Are you looking for a way to serve your community in a positive way? The Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed group may be the thing for you. The organization derives its name from the Bible verse…

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AF tuition assistance application window delayed for FY14

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Airmen applying for tuition assistance in fiscal 2014 will see several changes in both eligibility for and administration of the program. Due to these changes, the application window for classes beginning on or after Oct. 1 will not open until Sept. 9 to allow for system updates. This program is applicable to Guard and…

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