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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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‘Compass Call’ing: Are you listening?

Posted  April 18, 2013

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS – Even high in the air, they have their ears close to the ground. Linguists from the 41st Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, are trained in the art of employing electronic attack for the purpose of…

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Hagel eliminates Distinguished Warfare Medal

Posted  April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced today. Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards. Soon after being sworn in as defense secretary Feb. 27, 2013, Hagel asked…

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Air Force officials announce civilian Reduction in Force

Posted  April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  – In a continuing effort to meet the Department of Defense funding targets in the FY12 President’s Budget and re-balance the civilian workforce, approximately 60 Air Force installations will implement civilian Reduction in Force authorities effective through about Aug. 23, to assist in the placement of employees not assigned against funded positions (termed “surplus employees”)….

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Is your security clearance current?

Posted  April 18, 2013

To support the Air Force’s global mission, you must commit to maintaining your personnel readiness. So, your immunizations are current, you have a solid family care plan in place and your finances are squared away, but are you really prepared to deploy and support the global mission? Have you forgotten anything? What about your security…

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Health & Safety

New resources promote fitness culture

Posted  April 18, 2013

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas   – To help improve Total Force fitness levels, Air Force Personnel Center officials are fielding new fitness resources accessible online, in person or on DVD. These resources, including the Operational Fitness Program, Xtreme Wednesday Workouts, the Air Force Fitness DVDs and the Fitness on Request kiosks are available to all…

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Dagger Point; Brig. Gen. Jacobsen

Posted  April 18, 2013

Brig. Gen. Kevin J. Jacobsen is the commander, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which is headquartered at Quantico, Va. Jacobsen started his Air Force career in 1980 as a graduate of Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Slippery Rock University, Pa. After four years as a missiles launch officer and crew commander…

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Fusilier Kinne Speaks to Angel Thunder 13

Posted  April 18, 2013

British Fusilier Derek Kinne recounts his time as a prisoner of war during the Korean War to Angel Thunder 13 participants at the Angel Thunder opening ceremony. During his two-and-a-half-year capture by the Chinese, Kinne made two unsuccessful attempts to escape from the prison camp, assaulted a Chinese guard and suffered from several severe injuries….

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Sports

Former Airman now NBA pro

Posted  April 18, 2013

EALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) – The court was shining and cameras flashing as a crowd of thousands gathered in the Sleep Train Arena to watch the Dallas Mavericks duel the Sacramento Kings April 5.

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D-M welcomes home deployed Airmen

Posted  April 18, 2013

More than 300 pilots and aircrew from the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group here returned this week after a six-month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

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March 2013: Crime and Punishment

Posted  April 18, 2013

Article 15 Actions:  During March 2013, D-M commanders administered seven Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the commander’s determination of an appropriate punishment after considering the circumstances of the offense and the offender’s record. A “suspended” punishment does not take effect unless the offender engages in additional misconduct…

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