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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(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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Enlisted EPME course return policy explained

Posted  October 24, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force is giving three options to Airmen who were sent back to their home station while in the process of completing their respective Enlisted Professional Military Education course, as a result of the government shutdown. For the 900 affected Airmen who were attending Airman Leadership School or Noncommissioned Officer Academy…

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Health & Safety

AF holds sexual assault offenders accountable, convictions now online

Posted  October 24, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — You should know that the Air Force publishes sexual assault convictions online. Anyone can review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. After only few minutes reviewing these cases, you will see many are similar – they involve the…

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Home-cooked meals away from home

Posted  October 24, 2013

For many young Airmen, their first duty station is the first time they have lived on their own. The base chapel is doing its part to ease the transition. Every Sunday, The LOFT hosts a dinner for the Airmen living in the dorms. The meals are provided by spouses, enlisted members, and off-base groups. The…

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Get creative at the Arts & Crafts Center

Posted  October 24, 2013

The Arts & Crafts Center here offers many services, classes and products for base members. When the government began reducing our footprint and the amount of money spent at base levels, the center picked up activities and services that were removed when certain organizations closed. “The library use to run the Reading & Crafting program,…

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The 355th Legal Office has new office hours

Posted  October 24, 2013

The 355th Fighter Wing Legal Office has new business hours: Legal Assistance: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed 3rd Thursday of every month at 1 p.m. for training) Walk-in Attorney Appointments: Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (active duty and dependents only) THE LEGAL OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS. Note: For deployers…

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Last cargo mission out of FOB Sharana

Posted  October 24, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan — The aircrew of “Growler 51” set out a few hours before sunrise Sept. 28 to fly the last of the U.S. cargo out of Forward Operating Base Sharana before the base was officially transferred to the Afghan government. Twelve hours and three round-trip flights later, the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron Airmen…

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Dagger Point with the 12 AF (AFSOUTH) commander

Posted  October 24, 2013

Lt. Gen. Tod D. Wolters is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. He has served Airmen for more than 31-years as a command pilot with more than 4,950 hours in the F-15C, F-22, OV-10, T-38 and the A-10 aircraft, and has commanded at the unit, squadron, group, wing, numbered Air Force and joint-levels….

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Note to breast cancer: ‘I am not your victim’

Posted  October 24, 2013

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — I’m sure by now most people don’t need to be reminded that October is breast cancer awareness month. How could you have missed it? With all the ribbons, “Save the Ta-Tas” T-shirts, bracelets, earrings, shoe laces and other pink doodads it’s fairly hard to forget. Don’t get…

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Sports

Arizona Runs for the Fallen

Posted  October 24, 2013

A flag-bearing relay team of 20 active-duty service members start to run the Arizona Run for the Fallen event at Freedom Park in Tucson, Oct. 18. Each mile of the run was dedicated to fallen service members from Arizona who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation New Dawn

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Local Briefs October 25, 2013

Posted  October 24, 2013

Summary courts officer notice for Gabriel R. Garza It is with deep regret that we announce the unexpected death of Master Sgt. Gabriel R. Garza, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. Capt. John R. Ware, 355th CMS, is detailed as Summary Court Officer to secure and make proper disposition of the personal property and…

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