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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Davis) Salutes & Awards

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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Same-sex spouses eligible for join spouse, accompanied assignments

Posted  September 6, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force military members with same-sex active duty spouses are now eligible for join spouse assignment consideration and those with a civilian same-sex spouse are now eligible for command sponsorship consideration, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Following a June 26 Supreme Court decision finding Section 3 of…

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Diamond Sharp September 6, 2013

Posted  September 6, 2013

Name/Squadron: Tech. Sgt. Daniel O. Trudeau / 355 CES First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Bill Fortenberry Duty title: Structures Shop Chief When joined the Air Force: Nov. 19, 2002 Hometown: Onawa, Iowa Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, old Chevy muscle cars Selection Reasons: Tech. Sgt. Trudeau is one of Civil Engineering’s most stellar NCO’s. He led his…

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Subject matter experts work together to enhance base security

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin Master Sgt. Kurt Lugar, 355th Security Forces superintendent, looks over a map of Tucson with a team of subject matter experts. Lugar and the SMEs are planning ways to defend base assets from possible threats. With millions of dollars worth of assets, the Air Force…

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Fighting in her own way

Posted  September 6, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths Ellen Jimenez, the chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, displays 355th Fighter Wing jersey given to her by base leadership for her efforts in supporting the base. As a member of the MAC, Jimenez has helped to foster…

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Airmen use hardships to help others

Posted  September 6, 2013

Two D-M Airmen hosted a Go Gold event, August 16, to give back to something that has changed their lives.

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Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

Posted  September 6, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said here Aug. 30. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Jacqueline Garrick said…

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Stress management vital to Airmen

Posted  September 6, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Everyone has experienced stress. At times it can be overwhelming while in other instances it comes in small spurts. “People often talk about stress as if it is some type of emotion, but in reality, stress is nothing more than the body’s signal that something is needed,” said Capt. Neal Kennington,…

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Humanitarian assignments bring Airmen close to home, help them ‘be there’

Posted  September 6, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — When future Airmen begin their paperwork at a military entrance processing station, they are informed their assignments will largely be determined by “the needs of the Air Force.” This need of an organization to fill job positions across the globe with qualified personnel often means Airmen will be stationed…

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Airman logs many miles since retirement

Posted  September 6, 2013

Many military members get to travel the world, but one retired Airman estimates he’s traveled at least 100,000 miles ... on foot.

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Benefits of SCRA and MILITARY STAR Card don’t always intersect

Posted  September 6, 2013

DALLAS – The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), introduced in 1940 as the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act, was established to protect active duty service members from what might happen to their financial or legal obligations after they start military service. Decades later, the Military Star Card was established in response to military leadership’s…

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