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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Diamond Sharp – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Cox, Joshua /355 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Shulski Duty title: A-10 Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief When joined the AF: Jan. 3, 2012 Hometown: Dayton, Ohio Hobbies: Basketball, Paintball Selection reasons: Airman Cox was hand selected as the assistant dedicated crew chief on the Wing Flagship. Meticulous maintenance practices have contributed…

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Local Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Brain Waves for Fathers Fri, Apr. 12, Noon-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn more about the mechanics of early childhood brain development.  This exciting new program is for fathers of young children (ages birth through five). Please RSVP at 228-5690. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Tues, Apr. 16, 9-10 a.m. – Airman &…

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12th Air Force gives back to Tucson homeless at local soup kitchen

Posted  April 5, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Alteri-Brown, Tech. Sgt. Linda Hodgson, Ms. Mary -Claire Avery and Master Sgt. Donnie Brown, all from 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), prepare sack lunches for homeless individuals at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen in Tucson March 28. Over the course of two days, members…

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Airman provides emergency care to fellow wingman

Posted  April 5, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Master Sgt. David Alderton, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Force Protection, thanks Tech. Sgt. Aaron Metrejean, 355th Maintenance Group, for helping him during a near fatal motorcycle accident on I-19 in Tucson, March 27. Metrejean rushed to Alderton’s side after Alderton was thrown from his motorcycle when…

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D-M SNCO wins ACC Outstanding Airman of the Year award

Posted  April 5, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Air Combat Command announced the 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners during a spring leadership conference at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., March 26. Included in those winners was one of D-M’s own, Senior Master Sgt. Matthew J. Junglas. “ACC’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year represent superb Airmen doing…

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Outdoor Rec hosts wildlife expo

Posted  April 5, 2013

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Camilla Griffin) A dependant pets a bearded dragon at the wildlife expo here, March 27. Outdoor Recreation teamed up with The Reid Park Zoo for National Wildlife Week to bring a reptile exhibit to the expo. Children were able to learn about the animals, and pet them. Outdoor…

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Triplets enlist in the162nd Fighter Wing

Posted  April 5, 2013

Col. Mick McGuire, commander of the 162nd fighter wing, will enlist Adrianna Aubuchon on April 6, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson, AZ. Adrianna Aubuchon is the final of three triplet siblings to enlist in the 162nd Fighter Wing. Her siblings, Christopher Aubuchon and Andrew Aubuchon, enlisted the beginning of January…

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AF to implement force structure changes

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFNS) — The Air Force released its plan Mar. 28 to implement force structure changes mandated by the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The bill authorized the service to complete actions approved in previous years, such as aircraft retirements, and directed execution of Congressionally-approved force structure actions. Some of these changes…

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TSA expedites airport screening for wounded warriors

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Transportation Security Administration now offers expedited airport screening to severely injured members of the armed forces. In addition to offering curb-to-gate service, TSA now allows wounded warriors to move through security checkpoints without having to remove shoes, light outerwear jackets or hats, officials said. “In recognition of the sacrifices of our…

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Dagger Point with Command Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams

Posted  April 5, 2013

Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams is the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief. He began his 24-year Air Force career as an Administration Communications Specialist and has since served in several leadership positions to include his most recent a 365-day tour to Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force.

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