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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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….

(U.S. Air National Guard Photo/Staff Sgt. Heather Davis) Salutes & Awards

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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Events

Opening doors for fun and recreation

Posted  November 21, 2012

Outdoor Recreation and Information, Tickets, and Tours held an open house Nov. 14, 2012 to showcase what they offer. Many of ODR and ITT’s services go unused. Many people do not even know both services share the same building. To combat this issue, the recreation specialists put together an open house to show the base…

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Commentary: Thankfulness and an oak tree

Posted  November 21, 2012

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — What are you thankful for? The question followed me the entire, extended weekend, as I struggled to write this article. It followed me as I made my way through the historic sites of Virginia. The air was unseasonably warm for November, as I walked through the remnants of Jamestown, Va….

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Air Force

New spouses, former spouses and children entitled to benefits

Posted  November 21, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — If you’re newly married, newly divorced, have dependent children or have a child who was born out of wedlock you may be confused about military benefits. Some family situations are complicated or even awkward, so Airmen may be reluctant to pursue benefits to which their dependents – or…

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Veterans

Airmen participate in Veteran’s Day Parade

Posted  November 21, 2012

Airmen from D-M participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade, hosted by The American Legion Morgan McDermott Post 7, Nov. 12.

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Helping man’s best friend

Posted  November 21, 2012

This is an interview with U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christian Sewart, 79th Rescue Squadron hydraulic specialist. Sergeant Sewart spends most of his free time volunteering at the Pima Animal Care Center and for a non-profit organization called Adopt-A-Bull. He helps care for and tries to adopt out pit bulls and other dog that are…

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Health & Safety

Report anonymous crime tips with mobile app, texts

Posted  November 21, 2012

QUANTICO, Va (AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air…

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Local Briefs November 21, 2012

Posted  November 21, 2012

Cookie Crunch Davis-Monthan’s Annual Cookie Crunch is under way!  Help spread holiday cheer to our Airmen by ringing a “taste of home” to their dormitories.  Cookie collection and package will be at the Mirage club on Dec. 3, 6:30 a.m. -5 p.m., and Dec. 4, 6:30 – 10 a.m.  Cookies can be placed in disposable…

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F-22 Raptor crashes at Tyndall AFB

Posted  November 21, 2012

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — An F-22 Raptor crashed Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. on Tyndall Air Force , Fla., one quarter mile east of the drone runway. The pilot ejected from the aircraft safely and is currently under supervision of the 325th Medical Group. First responders are on scene. The cause of…

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162nd Fighter Wing first in region to receive MEOC

Posted  November 16, 2012

The 162nd Fighter Wing received a new piece of emergency equipment Nov. 1 – a Mobile Emergency Operations Center, or MEOC – to act as an incident command post in the event of emergencies or special events. “The MEOC stands ready as a state or region asset for incidents such as natural disasters, aircraft mishaps,…

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Chief master sergeant promotion list announced

Posted  November 16, 2012

For any enlisted Airman, achieving the rank of chief master sergeant can often be the pinnacle of their military career. Of all enlisted Airmen, only one percent will ever make the rank of chief master sergeant during their time in the military. Those Airmen who hold the grade of E-9 are the cream of the…

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