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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) — It was one of the first beautiful days in a very long while in and around Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia. Rain was predicted, but I was hoping it would hold out until I completed the walk to my on-base residence. As I was about to walk out…

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Find a reason to quit

Posted  July 18, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — I smoked my first cigarette on a random day during technical training, and I admit to my own dismay, it was completely because of peer pressure. Months later when the ritual became less of a bonding experience with my friends and more of a habit, I was confronted with the reality…

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Combat Air Forces resume flying

Posted  July 18, 2013

Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands, including the 354th Fighter Squadron here, began flying again this week after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration. The restored flying hour program represents Congressional action on the $1.8 billion overseas contingency operations reprogramming action made peacetime dollars available. The Air Force Council…

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Special Victims’ Counsel provides advocacy, support for sexual assault survivors

Posted  July 11, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — In continuing the war against sexual assault, the Air Force recently established the Special Victims’ Counsel (SVC) Program, designed to give sexual assault survivors legal assistance in navigating the criminal justice system with help from lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. The SVCs provide direct legal advice to clients throughout…

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New manual covers mentoring program

Posted  July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A new Air Force manual that provides detailed information on mentoring within the Air Force, including the definition, program benefits and objectives, has been published. Air Force Manual 36-2643, Air Force Mentoring Program, incorporates information from, and supersedes, AFI 36-3401, Air Force Mentoring Program. “Effective mentoring is an excellent tool to ensure Airmen continue…

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All-day water outage scheduled for July 26

Posted  July 11, 2013

There will be a water outage here July 26, from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. due to scheduled maintenance. The following buildings will be affected by the outage: 7101, 7391, 7401, 7199, 7213, 7406, 7431, 7425, 7427, 7438, 7435, 7437, 7408, 7428, 7405, 7506, 7505, 7508, 7420, 7818, 7819, 7823, 7824, 7825, 7815, 7822, 7801,…

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Spreading the Air Force story at home

Posted  July 11, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE, Miss. — The Recruiter Assistance Program is a way Airmen can both give back to the Air Force in a unique setting and see family essentially for free, and it’s allowed to all active-duty Airmen. Having Airmen bring the Air Force story to their hometown by assisting the local recruiter can be vital. “I…

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AF leaders stand behind civilians during tough furlough times

Posted  July 11, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following furlough message to the Airmen of the United States Air Force: As you all know, Department of Defense civilian furloughs begin this week. With few exceptions, our civilian Airmen face involuntary furlough…

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D-M’s Vet Clinic not just for military working dogs

Posted  July 11, 2013

The Veterinary Clinic here doesn’t just provide care for military working dogs, but also for the Desert Lightening Team furry friends at home. The Vet Clinic provides services for active duty, guard, reserve and retiree pets. “As long as you’re military and use the Medical Group Clinic on base, you can use our facility for…

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AF firefighting aircraft repositioned

Posted  July 11, 2013

BOISE, Idaho (AFNS) — The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center here, has directed the repositioning of military Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System aircraft from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Mesa, Ariz. “The weather and progress on the ground have helped us in the Four Corners region,” said Col. Charles D. Davis III, the commander…

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