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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Military spouse competes on reality cooking show

Posted  November 14, 2013

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — Seonkyoung Longest, wife of Master Sgt. Jacob Longest, is one of nine contestants in a new television show, “Restaurant Express” that aired for the first time on the Food Network, Nov. 3. Born and raised in South Korea, Seonkyoung said that while cooking is a passion of hers…

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Exchange keeping the ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving

Posted  November 21, 2013

DALLAS – With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday. Customers will not have to wait long…

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Mentorship impacts young service members

Posted  November 21, 2013

You’ve just enlisted in the military, but you have no idea how it works or what are you supposed to do. Who do you go to for help? “It’s a requirement for senior leaders to help build and mentor younger enlisted service members,” said Master Sgt. Brian Young, 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. “(Us…

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Helping them help you

Posted  November 21, 2013

The Airman and Family Readiness Center here caters to all members of the Desert Lightning Team, whether they are active-duty retirees or families. With such a broad customer base, the A&FRC sees a lot of business and they recently received a systems upgrade to increase the quality of their services. The facility received 24 computer…

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Officer attaché duty applications due Dec. 12

Posted  November 21, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Active duty line of the Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels interested in attaché duty must submit an application by Dec. 12, Air Force officials said Nov. 19. The Air Force Personnel Center and the Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs office are accepting applications…

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Exchange offers holiday savings

Posted  November 21, 2013

DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can spare the turkey as the Exchange carves up prices Nov. 28-Dec. 2. The bountiful savings begin at www.shopmyexchange.com on Thanksgiving Day with Dooney and Bourke crossbody handbags for $99 and a 14K 1 ct. TDW diamond ring marked down $1,051 to $799. In-store, shoppers will find even more…

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Lunch with a veteran

Posted  November 21, 2013

Fifteen Airmen sat with veterans for a luncheon hosted by Atria Bell Court Gardens Retirement Community in Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 13. Joan Smith, the community’s engaged life director, connected with D-M to make the event happen. “I contacted [355th Public Affairs office] about getting volunteers from the base,” Smith said. “When she told me how…

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D-M Airmen honored during Phoenix Suns game

Posted  November 21, 2013

Master Sgt. David Biddinger, 48th Rescue Squadron pararescueman, assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and his wife, Teresa Biddinger, stand center-court inside US Airways Center, Phoenix during a Phoenix Suns game Nov. 10. Sergeant Biddinger was honored during half-time for the critical medical assistance that he and seven other Airmen provided during the deadly 19-vehicle…

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VA to offer dental insurance program

Posted  November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services…

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How to combat bullying in the digital age

Posted  November 21, 2013

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Watching the news, many parents may feel perplexed by the recent surge of “cyberbullying.” Cyberbullying? What is that? This relatively new phenomena is unchartered waters for most parents and keeping children safe in this new technological arena can be anxiety provoking. Cyberbullying is defined as deliberately using digital media to communicate false,…

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