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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

Commissary scanning IDs

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Defense Commissary Agency has implemented a new policy requiring a Department of Defense ID card bar code be scanned in order to make purchases at all commissaries throughout the military. “The purpose of the scanning IDs is to positively identify authorized patrons for the commissary, just like the Department of the Air Force or…

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D-M’s Santas-in-blue visit local schools

Posted  December 19, 2013

The Santas-in-Blue program made its first stop of the year at the San Xavier Mission School, Dec. 10. More than 40 D-M Airmen joined Santa in passing out Christmas gifts to several hundred children. This year the program will be visiting three schools and passing out nearly 2,100 gifts to over 1,000 students. “When you…

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Health & Safety

Fighting against DUIs

Posted  December 19, 2013

Driving under the influence of alcohol has been a prominent issue in today’s society. In Arizona alone, there were more than 27,000 reported arrests for DUIs in 2012. These numbers can be partially attributed to many drivers’ beliefs that they can handle their alcohol consumption well enough to safely operate a vehicle, and partially attributed…

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DOD adds synthetic marijuana to random drug testing

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said here today. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Army Lt. Col. Tom Martin said that…

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Budget woes cause AF to refine funding priorities

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Budget battles here are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference today. Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning and Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, the Air Force chief of staff, said that even with some relief from sequestration, the service will pay the bills…

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Pasta and pajama night held at the Mirage Club

Posted  December 19, 2013

A family event was held at the Mirage Club on base Dec. 10. The “Pasta and Pajama Holiday Celebration” event welcomed families to come wearing their coziest pajamas and make their own pasta dish, then sit back and relax while the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” was presented. “I think it’s a good event…

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Local Briefs December 20, 2013

Posted  December 19, 2013

National Active and Retired Federal Employees to meet Jan. 13, 2014, 11 a.m. – U-Like Buffet The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Chapter 55, will hold their monthly luncheon meeting on January 13, 2014, at the U-Like Buffet, 330 South Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ 85711.  The luncheon starts at 11 a.m. and…

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Air Force

Top NCO debuts new NCO, Petty Officer book

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — The military’s top enlisted service member debuted a new noncommissioned officer and petty officer book here today in what he called a significant moment for all enlisted leaders. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was joined by the chairman,…

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Officials announce 2014 military housing allowance rates

Posted  December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — The 2014 basic allowance for housing rates for service members released Dec. 17, represent an average increase of 5 percent, or up to $75 to $80 per month, the Defense Department’s BAH program manager said. The new rates will take effect Jan. 1 at a cost of about $20 billion for the Defense Department…

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Local

Officer’s Spouse’s Club offers gift wrapping

Posted  December 19, 2013

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin) Members of the Officer’s Spouse’s Club work together to wrap gifts for customers at the Base Exchange on Dec. 12. The OSC uses donations received from gift wrapping to fund scholarships awarded to military families here at D-M.

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