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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(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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Civilians see impacts on paychecks, leave hours following recall

Posted  October 17, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Some excepted civilians who worked during the Oct. 1-5 furlough may not be paid this week for those hours due to coding errors on their timesheets. During furlough, the payment and accounting system defaults all civilian employees as unpaid, requiring action to move them into the excepted status. For less than…

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Public engagement once again affected

Posted  October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force community and public outreach was significantly impacted earlier this year as sequestration went into effect, and is now all but non-existent due to the partial government shutdown, with more than 800 events being canceled or withdrawn this year. As a result of sequestration and the government shutdown, roughly 45 million…

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Air Force returns to normal, tuition assistance back on

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As a result of the passed continuing resolution legislation, the Air Force is in the process of returning operations to normal pre-shutdown status, to include the reinstatement of military tuition assistance. The continuing resolution will fund the Air Force under the fiscal year 2013 sequester funding levels, which will enable the reinstatement…

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923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Posted  October 24, 2013

Crew chiefs from the 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief guide a blade from an HH-60G Pave Hawk onto a stand. For easy transport and storage, the Pave Hawks are equipped with folding rotor blades. Airman 1st Class Rodney Stewart, 923rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, applies masking tape to a blade tip on a…

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New NCO corps structure for Civil Air Patrol announced

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Civil Air Patrol took a step forward Oct. 17, with the signing and approval to restructure their noncommissioned officer corps to align with the Air Force NCO corps. For the past 72 years, members of the Civil Air Patrol volunteer forces have completed three key missions – emergency services, aerospace education…

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Federal employee’s charitable donation drive re-activated

Posted  October 24, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — Combined Federal Campaign activities in the Continental United States may now resume, according to a memo from the director of the Department of Defense’s CFC program. Campaign activities were suspended during the 17-day government shutdown according to the campaign management office. The deadline to donate to the CFC is still November…

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New commander set to lead Arizona F-16 fighter wing

Posted  October 24, 2013

The Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard announced Oct. 9 a new leader for the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport. Col. Howard “Philip” Purcell will serve as commander of the Arizona Air National Guard’s international F-16 Fighting Falcon training wing. Colonel Purcell is currently the vice wing commander of the 192nd Fighter…

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D-M Exchange offering ghoulishly good deals at food court

Posted  October 24, 2013

Ghouls and ghosts and their parents can enjoy a pre-trick or treat meal at an eerily low price as food orders made with a Military STAR Card at Davis-Monthan  Exchange-operated restaurants on Oct. 31 will be discounted 20 percent. “This is a frightfully good deal,” said the Davis-Monthan Exchange’s General Manager Cathy J. Ely. “There…

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Furloughed civilians are back on the job

Posted  October 24, 2013

More than 1,300 civilian employees returned to work here Oct. 17. All furloughed civilian employees were recalled after Congress passed legislation that ended the more than two-week government shutdown. An initial wave of civilian recalls happened Oct. 7 as a result of President Barack Obama signing the Pay Our Military Act into law. The act…

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D-M reminds community to stay safe on Halloween

Posted  October 24, 2013

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: Wear flame retardant costumes. Hem your costumes so you don’t trip and…

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