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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Meet D-M Staff Sergeant’s roller derby alter-ego: Judo Gnomi

Posted  September 3, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier Staff Sgt. Hilary Middleton, 355th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician (center), prepares to start a bout with the Tucson Roller Derby in Tucson, August 10. During a bout, players try to keep members of the opposing team from getting past them and…

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Crossing into the Blue

Posted  September 3, 2013

Staff Sgt. Bradley Rector, 25th Operational Weather Squadron senior duty officer, served in the U.S. Marines for 10 years before crossing into the blue. Rector joined the Marines in 1999, in his early 20s. Young and determined, no one could change his mind. After Marine boot camp, Rector was stationed at Marine Corp Air Station…

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QR code streamlines work order submittals

Posted  September 3, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore An Airman uses a free application to scan a quick response code at D-M, Aug. 22. The Unaccompanied Housing Office here has implemented a QR code system, which allows Airmen to immediately submit work orders about discrepancies around the dormitory campus. The Airmen Dormitory Leaders at…

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Back-to-school time for Arizona kids

Posted  September 3, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Every August, thousands of children ages 5 to 18 begin once again using the streets early morning and afternoon. School is back in session, which means those morning and afternoon hours will be filled with school busses, teenage drivers and a lot of safety concerns. “This time can be exciting for…

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D-M men’s varsity basketball to hold tryouts

Posted  September 3, 2013

The D-M men’s varsity basketball team is slated to hold tryouts Aug. 29-30 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Aug. 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benko Fitness Center here. Active duty Airmen, civilian workers, and military dependents 18 years and older are welcomed to try out. Because the team rebuilds…

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Local Briefs August 30, 2013

Posted  September 3, 2013

Jungle Journey Thursday, Sept. 19, 5-7 p.m. – Mirage Club at Ironwood & Craycroft St. An event you don’t want to miss! The Airman and Family Services Flight is hosting a FREE event for families, featuring bouncy castles, carnival games, arts and crafts, and entertainment. There will also be information tables with free resources on…

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Posted  August 22, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Michelle Renner 55 RQS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. David Argabright Duty Title: Intelligence Analyst When joined the AF: Feb. 22, 2011 Hometown: Georgetown, California Hobbies: Horses, Exercise, Cooking, Reading, Astronomy and Physics Selection Reasons:   Senior Airman Renner’s duty performance has been outstanding from day one. This has been reflected throughout her…

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Local Briefs August 23, 2013

Posted  August 22, 2013

Claims 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, at…

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Critically Manned: military working dog handler

Posted  August 22, 2013

Military working dog handlers make up a small niche in the security forces career field. The handlers strictly work with K9s to provide security to military installations. Some of the main duties for the MWDs, as well as the handlers are detection and patrol. “We try to be out and as visible as possible,” said…

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LearningExpress offers continued education opportunities

Posted  August 22, 2013

A notification on the Air Force Portal announced Aug. 1 that the LearningExpress Library went Air Force-wide. LearningExpress is an online educational resource available to U.S. Air Force Airmen, retirees and dependents. Made available through Air Force Libraries, LearningExpress offers self-paced courses and tutorials ranging from elementary school to adult education. With the closure of…

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