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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

Desert Lightning Team’s newest chiefs

Posted  March 7, 2013

The Desert Lightning Team Chiefs’ Group honored seven Airmen recently selected for promotion to the rank of chief master sergeant in a ceremony at the Mirage Club here Feb. 23. The ceremony recognized DLT honorees for their hard work, dedication, loyalty and sacrifice as they achieved the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. The…

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Events

ACC to host largest rescue exercise in the world

Posted  March 7, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. –Air Combat Command’s annual personnel recovery, and combat search and rescue exercise, Angel Thunder 2013, will take place April 7-20 at Davis-Monthan AFB. Angel Thunder is the world’s largest personnel recovery exercise, integrating sister services and numerous state, national, multinational and interagency assets dedicated to saving lives in incredible circumstances….

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D-M Airmen selected to senior master sgt.

Posted  March 7, 2013

Twenty-six Desert Lightning Team Airmen received notification of their selection to the second highest enlisted rank in the U.S. Air Force, senior master sergeant. Please congratulate the following DLT members: Master Sgt. Beth Blecha, 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron Master Sgt. Natalie Brockman, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Master Sgt. Donnie Brown, 12th Air Force Master Sgt….

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DM-50 picnic

Posted  March 7, 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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Local

Sonic boom claims assistance

Posted  March 7, 2013

On Feb. 27, 2013 at approximately 7:45 p.m. the 425th Fighter Squadron from Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. was flying F-16 training missions in the Sells area. The Airspace Management Office from the base has confirmed an aircraft from the 425th went supersonic just northwest of Kitt Peak, the altitude the aircraft broke the sound…

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F-35s cleared to resume flight

Posted  March 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — F-35 Lightning IIs were cleared for flight Feb. 28 following a temporary suspension after a cracked engine blade was found in a test aircraft earlier in the month. A .06-inch crack was discovered in a third-stage turbine blade in a test aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 19. Third-stage blades…

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MilPDS upgrade begins

Posted  March 7, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The Military Personnel Data System will be offline for 23 days to allow the Air Force Personnel Operations Agency to upgrade and transfer military personnel data to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. MilPDS is the primary records database for…

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Health & Safety

Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted  March 7, 2013

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping,…

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World

Combating Human Trafficking

Posted  March 7, 2013

Human trafficking is the second-largest source of revenue for criminal enterprises, and it’s a growing criminal enterprise that generates roughly $32 billion per year worldwide. The definition of Trafficking in Persons or “TIP” is: A modern day form of slavery while harboring, transportation, providing or obtaining a person for the purpose of exploitation. TIP is…

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D-M talks at Solar 101

Posted  March 7, 2013

Leaders from D-M and the local community attended the 60th Solar 101, held at the Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library on Feb. 19. Prominent figures in the Tucson community that attended the event included Congressman Ron Barber, U.S. Air Force Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th Fighter Wing commander, and Col. Greg Williams, 355th Mission Support Group commander. Solar…

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