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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Operational Readiness Exercise tests D-M Airmen

Posted  June 26, 2014

Airmen from the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit take shelter in a simulated bunker after an alarm sounded during an Operational Readiness Exercise. This exercise was designed to test and prepare Airmen for deployed operations. Senior Airman Iain McElrath, 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, marshals out an A-10 Thunderbolt II during an Operational Readiness Exercise…

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‘Workhorse’ becomes first F-35 to achieve 1,000 flight hours

Posted  June 26, 2014

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — AF-2, the second production F-35 Lightning II for the Air Force, became the first F-35 to reach 1,000 flight hours June 11. Paul Hattendorf, a Lockheed Martin test pilot, was flying an airframe loads envelope expansion mission when the fighter reached the milestone. “AF-2’s nickname is ‘Workhorse,’” said…

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Local Briefs July 3, 20014

Posted  July 3, 2014

NARFE chapter 1874 to meet July 21, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Drive. The July meeting will be Monday, July 21. (Senior menu $7.95).  Presentation by Jennifer McMenamin on home staging…

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35th FSS hosts “unbirthday celebration”

Posted  July 3, 2014

The 355th Force Support Squadron hosted a “Meet FSS Unbirthday Celebration.” This event gave Desert Lightning Team members a chance to learn about the facilities on base that belong to FSS. “The purpose of events like the Unbirthday Party is really two-fold,” said said CMSgt. Patrick Fry, 355th FSS superintendent. “We want to do something…

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Air Force releases Morale, Welfare, Recreation survey

Posted  July 3, 2014

Ever feel like you had the perfect idea for a new activity at your base but were not sure who to tell? Now is the perfect time to be heard. The Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services recently began sending recreational leisure surveys to Airmen located within the continental United States June 19. The…

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Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center

Posted  July 3, 2014

The Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center here offers swim lessons designed to teach you, your child or other family members how to swim skillfully and safely. As children progress through the levels, their comfort level in and around water will increase. Robyn Anderson, Davis-Monthan Outdoor Recreational pool Aquatic Center swim instructor, helps her student practice…

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New rules for safety during monsoon season

Posted  July 3, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — June 15 marked the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona with a combination of high winds, moisture and temperatures which result in remarkable but sometimes deadly storms. As summer approaches, Arizona receives its winds from the south or southeast where moisture hitches a ride from the Pacific Ocean and…

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Diamond Sharp July 3, 2014

Posted  July 3, 2014

Name/Squadron:   Airman 1st Class Christopher G. Harrington/612 ACOMS First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. Jason Maberry Duty Title: Knowledge Ops Manager/Exec When joined the AF: April 9, 2013 Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Hobbies: Watching and coaching football, working out and playing with his puppy. Selection Reasons: Recently, this Diamond Sharp recipient made the job easier for his…

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Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted  July 3, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm. In one recent incident, an Office of Special Investigations agent, trained by…

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Being resilient, at all ranks

Posted  July 3, 2014

When Airmen join the Air Force, they immediately start going through resiliency training to help them overcome challenges they will endure during their military career. Approximately 20 chief master sergeants gathered to receive resiliency training and grasp what younger Airmen are being educated on today. “I think it is important for all the chiefs to…

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