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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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 Marathon registration to open with special discount

Posted  December 21, 2012

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — Registration for the 2013 Air Force Marathon will open Jan. 1, 2013, with special New Year’s resolution discounts. The full and half marathons will be discounted by $10 Jan. 1. The 10K and 5K races will be discounted by $5. “We encourage all participants to register as early…

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Dagger Point with Staff Sgt. Ryan Vottero

Posted  December 21, 2012

Recently Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s own Staff Sergeant Ryan Vottero, 355th Security Forces Squadron, wrestled for Team USA. Vottero was selected to represent the country and compete in a tournament in Poland. JS: How did you become part of team USA? RV: In years past they used to run a trials tournament to make the…

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AF tests 24/7 fitness centers

Posted  December 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Six installations will implement 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week fitness center access this and next month as part of an Air Force Services Transformation Initiative test concept, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced today. The Office of the Secretary of Defense Military Communities and Family Policy director and Assistant Secretary of…

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New process improves household goods shipments

Posted  December 21, 2012

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., (AFNS) — A system being implemented at U.S. Transportation Command is making permanent-change-of-station moves more convenient, while reducing lost and damaged shipments and saving the government money. The Defense Personal Property System, introduced in 2009 as a pilot program at 17 installations, now supports 90 percent of all military moves,…

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Local Briefs – December 21, 2012

Posted  December 21, 2012

Christmas Tree Recycling Recycle your Christmas trees at the Golf Links Sports Park. North West corner of Golf Links and Craycroft Roads from Dec. 26 – Jan. 6. DO NOT TAKE TO BASE RECYCLING CENTER. Southern Arizona to host annual train show Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 – SAVAHCS The Southern Arizona VA Health Care…

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Rescue Group participates in Air-Sea Battle exercise

Posted  December 14, 2012

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND (or Naval Base Coronado), Calif. — The 563d Rescue Group deployed 153 personnel and five HH-60G Pavehawk helicopters to Naval Air Station North Island Nov. 1-15, to participate in Commander, U.S. Third Fleet’s Joint Task Force Exercise, the final pre-deployment certification for the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group….

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Airmen reminded to get TDAP

Posted  December 14, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of Nov. 17, 2012, more than 36,000 cases of pertussis and 16 pertussis-related deaths were reported this year. The Department of the Air Force mandated all personnel to receive the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis, or…

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D-M Exchange explains holiday return policy

Posted  December 14, 2012

Nearly 20 percent of Americans will return at least one holiday gift item this holiday season, according to Lavi Industries, a provider of public guidance. To take the stress and confusion out of the return process, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has extended the terms of its hassle-free return policy for the holidays….

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  December 14, 2012

Staff Sgt. Ian Porter Family: Father, Carter Porter; Mother, Paula Porter; two sisters and a brother Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana Unit: 355 Security Forces Squadron Job title: Military Working Dog Handler Job description: Explosive/Narcotic Detection—Deter, detect, search for and eliminate threats Most rewarding job aspect: Getting to train dogs on a daily basis Goals: Become…

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Lighting up Tucson for a noble cause

Posted  December 14, 2012

U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Timothy Moore 1st Lt. Joshua Palochak, 41st Electronic Combat Squadron, likes to give back to his community in his own way. He has programmed approximately 50,000 Christmas lights to sync up with the music played by a local radio station to encourage donations to Toys for Tots.

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