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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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NCO attaché position applications due June 10

Posted  May 24, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Active duty staff through senior master sergeants interested in attaché duty could find themselves on an international affairs team in Argentina, Taiwan, Russia and other countries, but those interested must submit their applications by June 16 to be considered, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. The Secretary of the…

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DLT Airmen selected for promotion

Posted  May 24, 2013

Fifty-three DLT 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: 355th Aircraft…

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Memorial Day — More than just a day off from work

Posted  May 24, 2013

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — Memorial Day is a young holiday, peculiarly observed. If you have not served on a detail, volunteered for Honor Guard, or flown a missing man formation over a military ceremony on Memorial Day, you may primarily associate this holiday with the running the Indianapolis 500, the beginning of our 101 Critical…

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Where’s the money coming from?

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore A contractor fills a hole around a plant in the construction area of the walking plaza to be built here. Though the walking plaza is being built now, it was paid for with money from the Fiscal Year 2012 budget. When sequestration hit, the Department of…

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Unit deployment manager now special duty position

Posted  May 24, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Unit deployment manager is now a two-year-controlled special duty assignment (identifier 8U000); a change Air Force officials say will help professionalize the position and improve deployment program continuity. In past the UDM retained his or her Air Force specialty code, and even though UDMs were working outside of their specialty,…

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DLT members help kids reach new heights

Posted  May 24, 2013

U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin John Brauneis, a flight instructor, shows Wright Flight student how to board a Beech Bonanza A36 at Tucson International Airport, May 18. Brauneis is a volunteer pilot for Wright Flight. Wright Flight took its last participant of the year up for their graduation flight May 18,…

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Green Knights MMC hosts ride for safety

Posted  May 24, 2013

The Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club chapter at D-M is hosting a guided motorcycle tour to Bisbee, Ariz. May 23. The tour is part of the Green Knights’ annual safety day ride. There have been many accidents already this year, and the ride is being held to help reduce those accidents. Any U.S. military member,…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  May 24, 2013

Name/Squadron: Senior Airman Josiah Gevry / 25 OWS, Bravo Flight First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Shift Supervisor When joined the Air Force: Aug. 24, 2010 Hometown: Killingly, Connecticut Hobbies: Cross Fit, Tom Brady, New England Patriots Selection Reasons: Senior Airman Gevry was hand-selected for Shift Supervisor. He leads a five person team…

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Pilot for a day

Posted  May 24, 2013

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Pilot for a Day program invites children in the local community who have catastrophic illnesses to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of Davis-Monthans flying squadrons for an entire day. On May 16, the 79th Rescue Squadron hosted Abrium Reyes, a 10-year-old Tucsonan recovering from Acute Lymphoblastic…

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First of its kind: Enlisted mission planning course graduates weapons school

Posted  May 24, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The first-ever course taught at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School for enlisted intelligence professionals, the Advanced Enlisted Mission Planning Course, graduated six enlisted students for class 13-1 here May 17. When these Airmen return to their home units, they will work closely with their intelligence weapons officers and chiefs of…

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