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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Rocketry Club ready for blastoff this weekend

Posted  March 22, 2013

On March 23 and 24, hundreds of rockets will soar into the sky at Desert Heat 2013 in Tucson. Rocket enthusiasts from around the Southwest will gather for the 7th Annual Winter Rocket Launch of the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA). This entertainment is not just for rocketeers. Spectators and students will experience watching homemade…

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Events

DM-50 picnic

Posted  March 22, 2013

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park here. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food and drinks, and events. At Bama Park,…

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Air Force

Tuition assistance alternatives

Posted  March 22, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Although military tuition assistance is suspended through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, there are other options that can keep advanced education a possibility for all Airmen. “To get money outside of tuition assistance from the Air Force is probably going to take a little more time and…

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New process cuts GI Bill claims processing times

Posted  March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As part of its ongoing transformation from paper-based to electronic claims processing, the Department of Veterans Affairs has continued to improve the automated payment of benefits for Veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill education program. As a result, VA is now providing benefit payments to currently enrolled students in an average…

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162nd Fighter Wing personnel assist with Tucson’s Festival of Books

Posted  March 22, 2013

162nd Fighter Wing recruiters and student flight members participated in Tucson’s annual Festival of Books March 9 and 10 at the University of Arizona. Tech. Sgts. James Wright, Valerie Fortina and Andy Lorenz, recruiters at the wing, manned a booth at the festival greeting future recruits, shaking the hands of past generation service members and…

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Who, what do you serve?

Posted  March 22, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many articles are there in the Constitution of the United States of America? How many times has the Constitution been amended? Why do we have an Air Force when only an Army and Navy are specifically mentioned in the Constitution? If you do not know the answer to…

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Health & Safety

Being aware of traumatic brain injuries

Posted  March 22, 2013

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the 355th Medical Group is doing its part to draw attention to this medical issue. The 355th MDG is providing information about traumatic brain injuries: what they are, how they are caused and how the risk of sustaining a TBI can be avoided. A TBI is a blow…

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Diamond Sharp March 22, 2013

Posted  March 22, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Crystal Martinez, 355 Security Forces Squadron First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ragnone Duty Title: Response Force Leader When Joined the AF:  May 2011 Hometown: Tucson, AZ Hobbies: Running, Playing Softball, Reading Books, and Watching Movies Selection Reasons: Airman Martinez deployed to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan where she secured 31K Coalition Forces, $50 billion…

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Women’s History Month Series: Master Sgt. Karen Rogers

Posted  March 22, 2013

It has been almost 65 years since Staff Sgt. Esther Blake became the “first woman in the Air Force”, and paved the way for countless women to come after her. Women have joined the U.S. Air Force under various career fields, and many hold jobs that are genuinely considered male-only fields. This series will recognize…

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Lessons from a pro: Invest for retirement now

Posted  March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A member of the Air Force Civic Leader program and financial expert recently addressed several ways Airmen can prepare better for retirement. John O’Connor, the chairman of J.H. Whitney Investment Management, spoke about what Airmen can do now, in order to take away a substantial pension by the time they retire. Currently,…

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