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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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AF test pilot school applications due in June

Posted  June 12, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — The 2014 USAF Test Pilot School selection board will convene here Aug. 5-8 to consider candidates for July 2015 and January 2016 classes, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Applications must reach Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command Air, Space and Information Operations by June 23, 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight…

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Arizona’s new general: Accept opportunities, be versatile, be grateful

Posted  June 12, 2014

The Arizona National Guard congratulated its newest brigadier general at a promotion ceremony for the state’s joint staff director here June 7. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kerry Muehlenbeck now wears the rank commensurate with her duty to direct Arizona Army and Air Guard joint operations, special staff agencies, and joint policies and programs. Humbled by…

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What we do makes an impact

Posted  June 19, 2014

What we do makes an impact, was the first line on a slide Lt. Gen. Tod Wolters, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander, briefed from during a commander’s call on June 9. As I sat in that crowded theater, initially I was inspired. We here at 12th Air Force have made a difference. Since…

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Maintainers that give a “hoot!”

Posted  June 19, 2014

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, more commonly referred to as “The Boneyard”, has a lengthy history here in Tucson, Ariz. Since 1946, the facility has performed aircraft storage, parts support and regeneration in support of the warfighter. The nearly 600 employees at AMARG do some pretty remarkable things, but one thing most people…

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Distracted driving, the epidemic

Posted  June 19, 2014

The human brain struggles to complete multiple tasks efficiently. Especially if they require a higher degree of focus at the same time, like driving and texting. Therefore, texting while driving can be an extremely dangerous combination. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes according to Distraction.gov. When people try to multitask, their…

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JBSA-Lackland temporarily housing immigrant minors

Posted  June 19, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The only sounds heard inside the Hackney Training Complex at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland eight months ago were usually the commands given by Military Training Instructors and the responses returned by trainees in Air Force Basic Military Training. There has been silence at the Recruit Housing and Training facility…

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Patients from Steele Children’s Research Center tour D-M

Posted  June 19, 2014

Pediatric patients from the University of Arizona Steele Children’s Research Center and their families attended a tour of Davis-Monthan June 12. Steele Children’s Research Center specializes in better treatments for pediatric illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes, cancer and cystic fibrosis. The tour was hosted by the 41st Electronic Combat Squadron and its purpose was…

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Difficult force shaping calls made tougher by undeserved ‘Firewall 5’s’

Posted  June 19, 2014

LAJES FIELD, Azores (AFNS) — I was not a very good Airman in the early days of my Air Force career. I was passably good at my job and very bad at the Air Force. Here is an actual quote from one of my early Enlisted Performance Reports, “Improved responsibility in off-duty affairs would quickly…

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Some AFSCs removed from retention boards

Posted  June 19, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Fewer Airmen than originally expected will meet involuntary retention boards this summer and fall, Air Force officials said June 13. Air Force leaders eliminated approximately 4,000 Airmen from eligibility for the upcoming boards at Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James’s direction to bolster manning for nuclear-related air force specialty codes…

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Local Briefs June 20, 2014

Posted  June 19, 2014

Society of Military Widows to meet June 21, noon – The Mirage Cub The Ladies of the Society of Military Widows will have their monthly luncheon at noon, Saturday, June 21, at the Mirage club at D.M. Air Force Base. For information and your reservations, please call 574-6628 at least 10 days prior to the…

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