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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted  May 22, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the military right after graduation and a whole other league of challenges are entered. For Airman…

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Southern Arizona VA to hold Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted  May 22, 2014

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is inviting patients, staff, visitors, and guests to the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  The program will be held on Friday, May 30 in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in building #4 at 10 a.m.  There will be numerous local dignitaries as well as active duty military…

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Local Briefs May 23, 2014

Posted  May 22, 2014

Stay and Play Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. – Youth Center instruction room This is a new program for parents and children ages birth to five years. Features open play-time, parent-child activities, circle time, parenting support and education. Registration is not required. For more information, call 321-1500. Money on the Road Program Money on the Road is…

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D-M participates in Operation Boots to Business

Posted  May 29, 2014

Service members attended an Operation Boots to Business seminar during a transition assistance program at the base library, May 21-22. Operation Boots to Business is a program that was designed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which is a U.S.government agency that provides support to military veterans, entrepreneurs and small businesses. The SBA’s mission is…

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Giving blood, saving life

Posted  May 29, 2014

More than 50 Desert Lightning Team members gathered at the Mirage Club to give blood to the American Red Cross, May 21. D-M hosts a blood drive at least once every other month. Sixty pints of blood were collected, falling short of the goal of 100. “We did not meet our intended goal, but we…

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Airmen test abilities of their cars

Posted  May 29, 2014

The Sports Car Club of America held an autocross event at Heritage Park May 10. This event gave Desert Lightning Team members the opportunity to test the limits of their vehicles while maneuvering through a controlled course. “The whole objective of this was to make your way around the course as quickly and safely as…

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Local Briefs May 30, 2014

Posted  May 29, 2014

Comedy Show at the Mirage Club On June 13 the Mirage Club will host “Wingman Comedy Show” for DM Airmen, the comedian will be Damon Williams. This event will be adults only ages 18 and up, Airmen E-1 to E-4 $8 and E-5 and up $15. This will include Horsd’oevurs and autograph signing. Social hour…

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Obama: U.S. to keep nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2015

Posted  May 29, 2014

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama today announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year — a level largely in line with what U.S. commanders had requested — and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016, bringing to an end a U.S….

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Airman reflects on career journey at Angel Thunder

Posted  May 29, 2014

CAMP NAVAJO, Ariz. — Still fresh in the career field with only about 100 aircraft hours under his belt, a cross-trained staff sergeant found himself in a heart-pounding situation that he still remembers vividly to this day. The objective was to rescue an isolated individual in a non-threatening, training scenario. But what seemed to be…

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Wright Flight more than about flying; student organization visits 162nd Wing

Posted  May 29, 2014

On Dec. 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers made world history by putting together a wooden frame with some metal fittings and heavy cotton fabric, and giving it power to gain altitude for a controlled flight. It was an amazing feat, made possible with a can-do attitude and a drive to truly conquer new heights. It’s…

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