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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Guardian Angels receive Bronze Star with Valor and a personal “Thank You”

Posted  June 12, 2014

It’s not every day you get to thank your Guardian Angels for saving your life, but on Monday, retired Marine Staff Sgt. Michael Stringer was able to do just that. In a ceremony Monday, two 48th Rescue Squadron Guardian Angels were presented the Bronze Star with Valor for their rescue of Stringer in February 2012,…

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Gay Airman paved path for future service

Posted  June 12, 2014

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — With his father, a 30 year Air Force veteran by his side, Leonard Matlovich was just another scared but excited 19 year old taking the oath of enlistment in 1962. He couldn’t predict then that his presence in the Air Force would ignite a national debate. Shortly after his…

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Local Briefs June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 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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Tops In Blue performs at D-M

Posted  June 12, 2014

The U.S. Air Force expeditionary unit Tops In Blue performed at the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hangar here June 3. Tops In Blue is an all-active duty Air Force special unit which provides entertainment for the Air Force family, primarily focusing on Air Force personnel stationed worldwide. The unit consists of vocalists, musicians, dancers and…

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Integrity first: Having courage to speak up

Posted  June 12, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As a kid my dad always asked me questions he already knew the answers to, testing my integrity throughout my childhood. As a strict military father, he taught me at an early age that a man’s word is everything, and as I grew older, it developed into having integrity…

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Diamond Sharp June 13, 2014

Posted  June 12, 2014

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Joel Schuman / 755 OSM First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Amanda Hass Duty Title: Cyber Surety Specialist When joined the Air Force: February 20, 2013 Hometown: Memphis, TN Hobbies: Running, Church Basketball, Weightlifting, Intramurals Selection Reasons:  Airman 1st Class Schuman was hand-selected as the 55 ECG Advanced Programs Information Assurance Officer. He immediately…

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Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six…

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D-M welcomes new rescue flight

Posted  June 12, 2014

Col. Sean Choquette, 563rd Rescue Group commander, gives Capt. Michael Ellingsen, newly appointed 68th Rescue Flight commander, the guidon during an assumption of command ceremony here June 4. The 68th Rescue Flight’s mission is to instruct and train U.S. Air Force combat rescue officers and pararescuemen in advanced skill upgrades and proficiency training.

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Key spouse program key to family readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force spouses are key to maintaining stability on the home front as Airmen maintain focus on the war front, according to the wife of the Air Force’s top officer. The key spouse program is an official unit/family program overseen by commanders designed to enhance readiness and establish a sense of unity…

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Keeping workplace relations appropriate is crucial to overall Airman wellness, readiness

Posted  June 12, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Today’s Airmen face many challenges in both their personal lives and the workplace. Having to worry about feeling safe from unwanted advances or sexual assault should not be one of those challenges. In addition to being essential for effectively completing the mission, being free from unwanted advances or sexual…

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