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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Holding Airmen accountable: Mandatory discharge for sexual assault

Posted  July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force recently adopted two new measures to eliminate sexual assault from within the ranks, including requiring discharge for Airmen who commit sexual assault, and requiring the Air Force’s most senior commanders to review actions taken on these cases. According to Capt. Allison DeVito, chief of JAG’s victim issues and policy branch, both…

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Health & Safety

Pilot program enhances Autism care, treatment

Posted  July 25, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD official said. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity met with reporters yesterday to…

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Stay connected with social media without sacrificing career

Posted  July 25, 2013

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS)  — Engaging in social media can be a positive experience that entertains, keeps people connected and allows opinions to be expressed on a wide variety of topics. In some cases though, social media can ruin personal reputations or careers, and create an open window for criminals to access personal information….

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Deployed Airmen’s spouses come together for dinner

Posted  July 18, 2013

The first Wednesday of every month is set aside for spouses of deployed Airmen to get together at the Desert Dining Inn here for dinner. The dinner is hosted by the Airman & Family Readiness Center, and is designed to give the spouses a free meal, information on available resources for their specific group, and…

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Health & Safety

D-M’s Antiterrorism office

Posted  July 18, 2013

Terrorism is an act meant to threaten and instill fear in people or societies. Many do not recognize warning signs or even know what to do in order to prevent an attack. The 355th Fighter Wing Antiterrorism office offers level-one Total Force Protection training, which provides general awareness. Airmen learn everything from dealing with an…

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Pararescueman receives Silver Star

Posted  July 18, 2013

An Airman from the 306th Rescue Squadron, received a Silver Star medal in a ceremony here July 14. Staff Sgt. Zachary Kline was awarded the Silver Star medal for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan April 23, 2011. “The Silver Star is way up on the…

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Officials seek 2013 Sijan award nominations

Posted  July 18, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Nominations for the 2013 Lance P. Sijan U.S. Air Force Leadership Award will be accepted through Sept. 20, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The Sijan award recognizes the accomplishments of officers and enlisted members who have demonstrated the highest quality of leadership in the performance of their duties and…

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Education – it’s free, take advantage of it

Posted  July 18, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — One benefit we have as military members is the opportunity for a free education. Surprisingly, many individuals do not take advantage of this and go their entire careers without ever stopping by the education center. This is extremely common, but hopefully this article will provide some resources to those thinking about…

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Training for joint, U.K. F-35 programs heat up

Posted  July 18, 2013

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The largest fleet of F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighters ramped up to 28 aircraft June 25, bringing in new capability for the F-35 Integrated Training Center as the team trains to provide combat operations capability in the years ahead. The U.S. Navy’s Strike Fighter Squadron-101 received a second F-35C from…

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GEICO award nominees sought

Posted  July 18, 2013

Air Force officials are accepting nominations for the 2013 Government Employees Insurance Company Military Service Awards. The annual awards recognize enlisted members from all military service branches, including active duty, Guard and Reserve, for their contributions to military and civilian communities. The three award categories are drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire…

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