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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Commanders should retain prosecution authority, leaders say

Posted  July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top military leaders told senators today that commanders should retain responsibility for prosecuting service members accused of sexual assault. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that taking that…

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Red Cross to help with Friday Furloughs

Posted  July 25, 2013

The American Red Cross located in the Retired Activities Center here has started taking crisis and emergency situations on Fridays that the Airman & Family Readiness Center would normally handle. As a result of sequestration, the A&FRC is slated to be closed every Friday from July 12 through Sept. 20 for mandatory furlough days. The…

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Mobile app helps iPhone users ‘Be Ready’

Posted  July 25, 2013

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, is now available for download on most Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Previously offered for Motorola Android products only, this app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division, as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource. “This app provides…

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Diamond Sharp July 26, 2013

Posted  July 25, 2013

Staff Sgt. Keith Burgess/ 43 ECS Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Keith Burgess/ 43 ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marisa Lewis Duty title:  EC-130H Flight Engineer When Joined the AF: September 2005 Hometown: Fresno, California Hobbies: Snowboarding, dirt bike riding, and wakeboarding Selection Reasons:   Staff Sergeant Keith J. Burgess has distinguished himself as an EC-130 H…

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Exchange to hold fourth annual “Cutest Kiddo” contest

Posted  July 25, 2013

DALLAS – Youngsters competing to be the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s “Cutest Kiddo” will have the opportunity to flex some artistic muscle this year. Through Aug. 9, Exchange patrons worldwide may post photographs of their children holding a completed coloring page to the Exchange Facebook page for the first-ever “‘Color Me’ Cutest Kiddo”…

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Gate 29B to have a limited opening July 29

Posted  July 25, 2013

Gate 29B here is scheduled to open July 29. However, it will only be a limited opening. This means the gate will only be open for certain time periods of the duty day. 29B will be open for inbound traffic only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and for outbound traffic only from 4 p.m….

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Off base libraries accessible for DLT Airmen

Posted  July 25, 2013

Air Force-wide Airmen are dealing with fiscal changes. One of those changes here deals with the closure of the base library. The base library closed in June, however Airmen still have the opportunity to use library facilities off base. The Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library has a variety of amenities for all ages, to include new furniture,…

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LEAD Program encourages Airmen to apply to the USAFA

Posted  July 25, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Are you an enlisted Airman between the ages of 17 and 22 and looking to be a future leader? Would you like to earn your bachelor’s degree going to school full time at one of the most competitive, prestigious schools in the nation that traditionally only accepts 18 percent of its applicants —…

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Squadron commander receives German Air Force award

Posted  July 25, 2013

Before he assumed command of the 563rd Operations Support Squadron, Lt. Col. Lorne Eshelman served as a personnel exchange program liaison with the German Air Force. On July, 18, he was awarded for his efforts. Eshelman was presented the German Air Force Service Cross by Oberst Heinz-Josef Ferkinghoff, GAF, during a ceremony held at the…

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Commentary

Slowest of suicides

Posted  July 25, 2013

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy (AFNS) — I’ve been slowly killing myself for the past three years. I intentionally inhale toxins that destroy my lungs and heart. I smoke cigarettes. But, I’m quitting — again. According to the health and wellness center’s tobacco cessation class, the average smoker will attempt to quit five to seven times before achieving…

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