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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Local Briefs July 12, 2013

Posted  July 11, 2013

Changes to Early Intervention The referral process to the Arizona Early Intervention Program (AZEIP) has changed.  Families who have a child between the ages of birth and three who suspect a significant developmental delay (or have a known medical condition that will result in disability) can call 1-888-592-0140. Money on the Road Program Money on…

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Local A-10 pilot saves smoking aircraft

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chavalier A U.S. Air Force A-10 aircraft and its pilot sit on the flightline here May 23. Maj. Matthew Kaercher , 355th Operations Group fighter pilot, was flying an A-10 when he earned the Pilot Safety Award of Distinction for the 355th Fighter Wing and…

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Furlough Days expected to begin soon

Posted  July 5, 2013

With the upcoming furlough days there are several units which will now be open four days a week. The expected furlough days are scheduled to take place between July 8 and September 21. 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group- Closed on Fridays Airman and Family Readiness Center- Closed on Fridays Child Development Center- will maintain…

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DOD contractors to get new whistleblower protections

Posted  July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON – Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing. In addition, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, contractors who report suspected waste, fraud and abuse within their company…

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Independence Day: Freedom at its finest

Posted  July 5, 2013

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNS) — In a few days, we, as Americans, will celebrate one of the most, if not the most, important date for the U.S. — our Independence Day. As I try to figure out what I’ll be doing for the Fourth of July weekend, I also want to take the time to reflect on…

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Airmen work to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Posted  July 5, 2013

Col. Michael T. Rawls, 355th Fighter Wing vice commander, spoke at a press conference at city hall in Tucson, June 21, about ending veteran homelessness by 2015. The White House has announced an initiative to end veterans homelessness by 2015, and Tucson is one of 25 flagship cities selected to lead this effort. Tucson’s mayor,…

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Concentration camp survivor to fighter pilot: ‘Freedom a beautiful thing’

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey White Retired Lt. Col. Harry Pawlik, a World War II concentration camp survivor, recalled several obstacles from the time he was captured by Nazi forces at the age of 10, to the day he graduated from the Naval War College during a recent interview. SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE…

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D-M Airmen arrive on scene to support tornado victims

Posted  July 5, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church The path of a recent tornado in Moore, Okla., May 22. A tornado categorized as an EF5, the strongest category possible, with winds ranging from 200 to 210 mph struck Moore May 20. The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports 24 fatalities related to the…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp July 5, 2013

Posted  July 5, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Jose A. Chavez/755 OSS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Maberry Duty Title: Mission Support Network Operator When joined the Air Force: Sept. 28, 2010 Hometown: San Dimas, CA Hobbies: Playing golf and spending time with family Selection Reasons: Airman Chavez acquired Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency certification by attending a…

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Health & Safety

355 MDOS

Posted  July 5, 2013

The 355th Medical Operations Squadron ensures combatant commanders that their warfighters are medically fit-to-fight and provides combat-ready medical personnel to execute medical support of missions worldwide. The squadron provides medical care to maximize the health and welfare of our current and retired warriors and their family members both in theater and at home. Tech. Sgt….

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