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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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SAI offers low-cost activities to single Airmen

Posted  June 13, 2013

Outdoor Recreation here is giving Airmen an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities around Arizona through the Single Airmen Initiative program. SAI is an Air Force-wide program that allows each base a set amount of money during phases to provide Airmen an opportunity to have fun at a low-cost. There are 4 phases in year,…

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Tucson recognizes 612th AOC

Posted  June 13, 2013

A ceremony recognizing the 612th Air and Space Operations Center’s contributions to Tucson’s Adopt-a-Street program was held here, June 6. The 612th AOC adopted Kolb Road (from Golf Links to Escalante Road) in March of 2012 and have since performed more the 220 hours of regular cleanups. In addition, the organization has also taken on…

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Why enforce the standards?

Posted  June 13, 2013

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFNS) — In the military we constantly refer to “the standard.” Most standards are developed within Air Force instructions or technical orders. They are what sets us apart from our civilian counterparts. Webster’s dictionary defines a standard as “something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model, or example.” We weigh…

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355th Operations Support Squadron

Posted  June 13, 2013

The 355th Operations Support Squadron directs operational support functions such as base operations, air traffic control and intelligence. They also develop flying schedules for roughly 14,000 sorties a year. Staff Sgt. Amanda Villarreal, 355th Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned-officer-in-charge of wing scheduling, reserves air space for installation aircraft at Davis-Monthan on June 4. The map sitting…

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Financial aid available to Airmen

Posted  June 13, 2013

The Air Force Aid Society is helping Desert Lightning Team members meet needs in times of emergencies through the Airman & Family Readiness Center here. The AFAS offers many different programs to aid members, from loans and grants to child care for active duty, retired Air Force personnel and Air Guard or Reserve members. However,…

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Col. Maxwell: Goodbye to wing but not Arizona

Posted  June 13, 2013

Col. Edward Maxwell has spent much of his career serving the state of Arizona as well as his country. Although his service with the 162nd Fighter Wing has come to an end, his service to the state continues on. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer selected Maxwell to be the Assistant Adjutant General, Air Commander of the…

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Take Control of Your Air Force Career

Posted  June 13, 2013

The fiscal year 2014 retraining advisory is out. The purpose of the Noncommissioned Officer retraining program is to optimize the enlisted force structure to best meet the current and future Air Force requirements. The program consists of two phases. Phase one retraining gives Airmen identified from over manned Air Force Specialty Codes a chance to…

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Outbound Assignments office busy year round

Posted  June 13, 2013

D-M’s Outbound Assignments office deals with 650 to 900 assignments during the busiest permanent change of station periods. Though there are many steps, the process does not have to be very troublesome. “We only have six people working in assignments, and the number of assignments at any given time can get very difficult,” Cardnell said….

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Airman gets unusual gift along with dental cleaning

Posted  June 13, 2013

BETHESDA, Md. (Army News Service) — When Air Force 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski came to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a dental exam, she discovered an unusual coincidence that made her visit not-so-routine. While having her teeth cleaned May 3, she noticed two brown paper bags hanging on a bulletin board in the exam room….

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Local Briefs June 14, 2013

Posted  June 13, 2013

Focus on Fathering Friday, June 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center This is a new group for dads. Learn about child development, connecting with your child, parenting when you are apart, discipline and more.  Please RSVP at 228-5690. Hearts Apart Luau  Sat, June 15, 5-8 p.m. – Outdoor Pool Come out…

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