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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(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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World

Father and son duo share deployment together

Posted  June 20, 2013

BAGRAM AIR FIELDS, Afghanistan – If people were to look at the last names, they wouldn’t be able to tell these two Air Force members were father and son, but for the last 18 years they have been inseparable, even on a deployment.

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Local Briefs June 21, 2013

Posted  June 20, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Fri, June 21 & 28, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Mark Gungor talks about how to improve your marriage by understanding your spouse.  Please RSVP at 228-5690. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Tue, June 25, 9-10 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn why…

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Salutes & Awards

66th RQS honors PEDRO 66 crew

Posted  June 13, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. –  — The 66th Rescue Squadron took a step on June 10 to ensure that their fallen comrades will never be forgotten, during a ceremony where they named three roads after Airmen who died exactly three years ago in the Sangin District of Afghanistan. The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter, call…

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Air Force

HC-130J prepares for first ever deployment

Posted  June 13, 2013

Since the arrival of the first HC-130J Combat King II to D-M Nov. 15, the men and women of the 563rd Rescue Group have been working to get the aircraft to full-operational capability. The 79th Rescue Squadron is preparing to take the new HC-130J Combat King II on its first ever deployment. They will be…

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Local

Furloughs close Commissary on Mondays

Posted  June 13, 2013

The Commissary here is slated to close on Mondays beginning July 8, as a result of the civilian furloughs. The decision comes from the Defense Commissary Agency following Department of Defense protocols related to automatic federal government budget reductions. The Defense Commissary Agency chose Mondays, as they are one of the slowest sales days for…

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Salutes & Awards

D-M honors three Purple Heart recipients

Posted  June 13, 2013

Three Desert Lightning Team members received Purple Heart medals for an event that occurred during their recent deployment. On Oct. 5, 2012, a 107mm rocket hit the air conditioning unit directly outside the Metals Technology shop at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan injuring three Airmen deployed from D-M. Airman 1st Class Michael Kristopik and Airman 1st Class…

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D-M closes library for remainder of fiscal year

Posted  June 13, 2013

D-M Library here will close its doors June 14 for the remainder of fiscal year 2013. Base leadership decided to close the base library due to fiscal challenges. “As we continue to face these challenges, we are forced to make tough decisions with regard to where our valued dollars are invested,” said Lt. Col. Donald…

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Commentary

Keeping service in perspective

Posted  June 13, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) — If you were approached by a co-worker, civilian or family member and asked the question, “Why do you serve?” What would your answer be? How would you internalize what you do for the Air Force to the point where you could answer that seemingly simple question? Over the past several…

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Health & Safety

D-M OSI Agent saves drowning child

Posted  June 13, 2013

Special Agent Christopher Martin, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 217, saved an eight-year-old boy from drowning at a youth football team pool party in Marana, Ariz., June 2. Martin was poolside talking with his wife and daughter, scanning the pool for his other children, when he noticed something was motionless under the water….

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Sports

Benko hosts monthly 5K

Posted  June 13, 2013

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center here hosts a 5K run once a month for Desert Lightning Team members. The fitness center holds these runs to encourage Airmen health and morale. A 5K is five kilometers, or 3.1 miles. The runs are usually held on Sunglow Road, located right inside the Swan gate. The most…

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