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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Rescue Group Airmen pull hiker from Arizona mountain range

Posted  May 30, 2013

Airmen from the 943rd Rescue Group here set out in a HH-60G Pave Hawk for a training mission May 22, when they were notified that a hiker was unconscious from a fall and needed help. The aircrew flew back to base, offloaded their weapons, fueled up, and picked up a Guardian Angel team, special operators…

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D-M receives last A-10s out of Europe

Posted  May 30, 2013

Five A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft arrived here from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 23. The A-10s were part of the 81st Fighter Squadron, which will be inactivated in June. The event marks the removal of all A-10s stationed in Europe. D-M has received multiple A-10 aircraft from Spangdahlem during the last few months. These aircraft…

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DLT Airmen selected for promotion

Posted  May 30, 2013

Seventy-eight Desert Lightning Team Airmen here were notified May 23 that they have been selected for promotion to the rank of master sergeant. Air Force-wide there were 20,528 Airmen eligible for promotion to the senior noncommissioned officer tier. The selection rate was 18.71 percent resulting in 3,841 eligible technical sergeants being promoted. The promotes are:…

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Health & Safety

101 Critical Days of Summer kicks of season of safety

Posted  May 30, 2013

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  — With summer almost here, it will soon be time to uncover boats, dust off motorcycles, take a dip in the pool, go for a hike or just lie in the sun enjoying the outdoors with the smell of barbeque in the air. Unfortunately these beautiful summer days come with increased hazards and…

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Commissaries plan for Mondays furlough

Posted  May 30, 2013

FORT LEE, Va. (AFPS) — When furloughs are implemented, most military commissaries will close one day a week on Mondays, the Defense Commissary Agency’s top official said. The closures will be for up to 11 days between July 8 and Sept. 30. “We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons. “Also, we understand…

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What’s your Air Force relationship status?

Posted  May 30, 2013

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. (AFNS) — How are things between you and the Air Force these days? Would you say the two of you are in a committed relationship? Are you happy with the Air Force? Is the Air Force happy with you? Are either of you thinking of ending the relationship? These may sound like…

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Dedication to the fallen

Posted  May 30, 2013

When U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Moon was a young child, he dreamed of becoming a U.S. soldier and always wanted to be a sniper. He did not have anyone in his immediate family who served, but knew distant family members who served in the armed forces. Marsha Moon, Christopher Moon’s mother, said he was a…

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D-M completes Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week

Posted  May 30, 2013

D-M concluded its quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week on May 23. The week’s activities were focused on highlighting safety, resiliency and the social pillar of CAF and started with a wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work together to find information and objects related to CAF’s social…

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355 SFS battle for top shot

Posted  May 30, 2013

Approximately 40 Airmen competed in a shooting competition, here May 17. It provided Airmen the chance to display their skill and accuracy with the M9, the standard sidearm of the U.S. Air Force since 1985. The competition is part of this year’s Police Week and is traditionally held between Airmen from the 355th Security Forces…

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Seven Summits team reaches peak of Mount Everest

Posted  May 30, 2013

On May 19, the U. S. Air Force Seven Summits team reached Mount Everest, the highest point of the world, 29,035 feet. This success marks the first time a team of military members from any nation has reached all seven summits: Mount Elbrus in Russia, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount McKinley…

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