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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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….

(U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Davis) Salutes & Awards

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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DAV shares message of support with veterans, showcase B-25 flyby

Posted  April 10, 2014

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will reach out to veterans and their families sharing its message of service and volunteerism in support of our nation’s combat-wounded men and women at Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona air show. In the company of the iconic World War II era B-25 Mitchell Bomber, the DAV Flight Team will appear…

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Jacquie B and her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane

Posted  April 10, 2014

When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career with her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane. During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white…

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Heroes of Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  April 10, 2014

Tech. Sgt David Beasley Tech. Sgt David Beasley, 355th Security Forces Squadron Security Forces trainer, has been on three contingency deployments to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. During his deployments, he has been continuously challenged in support of combat operations. His roles have ranged from airfield and inflight security between Kuwait and Iraq, a Close Precision…

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Chuck Aaron: Living Legend of Aviation

Posted  April 10, 2014

Chuck ‘Malibu’ Aaron is the first civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. He is also the first helicopter pilot to be presented with the Art Scholl Showmanship Award, an honor bestowed to recognize the world’s most outstanding air show performers. In 2011, Chuck was inducted to the prestigious…

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Kent Pietsch and his Interstate Cadet

Posted  April 10, 2014

Kent Pietsch fell in love with flying when he was four years-old. Five decades later, his passion has not waned. Since 1973, Kent has performed his incredible aerobatic routines for millions of people at more than 400 shows that have taken him to quality venues throughout the United States. Kent grew up in Minot, North…

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Arizona’s F-16 schoolhouse builds capable partners, strong bonds

Posted  April 10, 2014

Over European castles, Middle Eastern deserts and Pacific islands, F-16 fighter pilots are soaring in ever-increasing numbers. Their experiences, nationalities and cultures are different, but they share several common bonds. They are partners, they are friends and they learned to fly their F-16s at the Air National Guard base at Tucson International Airport. With more…

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Welcome to the 2014 Thunder and Lightning over Arizona!

Posted  April 10, 2014

Entrance Procedures:  • Anyone with a military ID, to include active duty, dependent, and reserve may park at the 355th Medical Group or the Mirage Club and ride free shuttles to the event entrance. Pick-up locations are at the Mirage Club and Medical Clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 12 and 13….

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“It is my duty as a pararescueman to save life…”

Posted  April 10, 2014

Eight Airmen from the 48th Rescue Squadron at D-M were first responders on a 19 vehicle accident involving more than 20 people on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak, Ariz., Oct. 29. Six pararescueman, a combat rescue officer and a communications specialist were driving through a dust storm with reduced visibility after jump training in Eloy,…

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Schedule of Events:

Posted  April 10, 2014

Saturday, April 12 & Sunday, April 13 9 a.m. – Gates Open 11 a.m. – Aerial Demonstrations Begin 2 p.m. – Thunderbirds Perform 5 p.m. – Gates Close   Aerial Performaces U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds USAFA Wings of Blue DLT Demonstration CBP Vehicle Interdiction Desert Rats Warbirds B-25 Flyby–DAV Flight Team P-51 Flyby O-2 Flyby Smoke-n-Thunder…

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USAF Thunderbirds

Posted  April 10, 2014

This weekend, a familiar face is making a temporary appearance to the airspace above D-M. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to participate in the 2014 D-M Air Show Open House. The Thunderbirds will be celebrating their 61st season of flying. The precise, calculated maneuvers that make the Thunderbirds a fan favorite require the pilots to have…

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