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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Good grades pay off at the Exchange

Posted  November 2, 2012

DALLAS – According to the Military Child Education Coalition, an estimated 80 percent of military connected children are forced to move between 6-9 times as they complete their K-12 education and, along with geographical moves, comes changes in educational settings and curriculums. With these unique challenges in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service…

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AF officials eliminate civilian skill code requirements

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials have rescinded the manual used to define civilian position skill codes in one of several ongoing administrative actions geared toward transforming civilian hiring, determining employee training and development needs, and selecting employees for training under competitive procedures, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Skill codes…

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2013 Vanguard nominees sought

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are seeking nominees for the 2013 Noncommissioned Officers Association Award. The award annually recognizes one enlisted member from each of the uniformed services for acts of heroism that result in saving someone’s life or preventing serious injury. The act must have occurred between Jan. 1…

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Customs and courtesies still apply in electronic communication

Posted  November 2, 2012

JOINT BASE LANGLEY EUSTIS, Va. — Modern communication is quick and convenient, and has dramatically altered the way the Air Force fights. Air Force information systems provide each Airman with direct and immediate access to the world. While information systems such as email, webpages, electronic transfer points and data links vitally enhance productivity by providing…

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Cadet reaches podium at Ironman World Championship

Posted  November 2, 2012

Cadet 1st Class Samantha Morrison prepares to swim at the Iron Man Triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Oct. 13. Morrisson is assigned to Cadet Squadron 06 and is the Air Force Academy’s 102 triathlete. (Courtesy photo) U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The first cadet to qualify in the Ironman World Championship, Cadet 1st Class Samantha…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  November 2, 2012

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Vito Delcore, 25th OWS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Marc Miller Duty Title: Weather Forecaster When joined the AF: Dec. 14, 2010 Hometown: Brooklyn, NY Hobbies: Volunteer firefighter, snowboarding, skydiving, rock climbing, hiking, shooting, photo editing, and car repair. He aspires to be a FDNY Fire Fighter and is currently waiting on…

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Davis-Monthan Exchange offers fee-free holiday layaway

Posted  November 2, 2012

A good program just got better as the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Holiday Layaway program is now fee-free. Shoppers simply select their gifts for layaway and stop by customer service to complete the layaway process. “Fee-free” means that while the Davis-Monthan Exchange collects an initial $3 processing fee for new layaways, that amount…

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Local Briefs – November 2, 2012

Posted  November 2, 2012

Private Sector Resume Workshop Nov. 7, 10-11:30 a.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Prepare for your next career! Topics include writing a resume for the private sector and successful interviewing skills. Please RSVP at 228-5690. Federal Resume/Interview Tips Information Nov. 7, 1-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Class covers basic federal resume…

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SFS Airman receives Hero of the Year award

Posted  October 25, 2012

Staff Sgt. Aaron Escalante, 355th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, was one of four to receive the Hero of the Year award at the fifth annual Tucson observance of Heroes Day, Oct. 18.

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The Loft to reopen in November

Posted  October 25, 2012

Since early September, The Loft has been under renovation, but it is now scheduled to re-open for dormitory Airmen in early November. Construction on The Loft began a few months after receiving the base received the Commander in Chief Annual Award for Installation Excellence (CINC award) money. “We received money from the CINC award so…

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