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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

Aircrew Decontamination Training

Posted  October 18, 2012

Airmen from all over Air Combat Command came to D-M in September to attend aircrew decontamination training. They learned a general mitigation process that could be applied to several types of personal protective equipment.

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September 2012 Crime and Punishment

Posted  October 18, 2012

Courts-martial: All courts-martial are open to the public. Visit our USAF Public Docket website at http://www.afjag.af.mil/docket/index.asp. Airman Basic Joshua Briggs, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, was tried by special court-martial on 12 September 2012. He was charged with using heroin on more than one occasion in violation of UCMJ Article 112(a). Airman Briggs pled guilty to…

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TAP scheduled for an overhaul

Posted  October 18, 2012

As the Air Force and department of defense continue to improve processes to help servicemen and women while in the military, equal attention is being given to those who are preparing to separate from the Air Force. Enter the new and revised transition assistance program. The TAP is receiving a long overdue overhaul. “The new…

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HAWC offers advice to add a few points to your PT score

Posted  October 18, 2012

Your Air Force Physical Training test is in exactly two weeks. You’ve been training hard all year and you are ready to pass the test with room to spare.

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October is Energy Action Month

Posted  October 18, 2012

October is Energy Action Month. It is a time for all of us to think about the importance of energy in our daily lives, the lives of our families, and in our ability to accomplish our mission. Our colleagues in the area of responsibility know how critical energy is as they fly missions to resupply…

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AF officials to release enlisted quarterly assignment listing early

Posted  October 18, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force officials are releasing the enlisted quarterly assignment listing, or EQUAL, on Oct. 22 for the July to September 2013 overseas assignment cycle. Enlisted Airmen must update their assignment preferences by Nov. 1 and they will be notified of their assignment selections by Nov. 16. “We are…

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‘Fastest man alive’ celebrates 65th anniversary with re-enactment

Posted  October 18, 2012

Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ground breaking event with a re-enactment at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 14.

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Warrior of the Week October 19, 2012

Posted  October 18, 2012

Desert Lightning Team’s Weekly Warrior: Staff Sgt. Michelle Snapp Family: David Snapp, Jennifer Murray, James Mateosky Hometown: Clark AFB, Philippines/ Schertz, Texas

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Desert Lightning Team encouraged to practice daily situational awareness

Posted  October 18, 2012

Tucson can be a wonderful place to live, work and play. It’s filled with picturesque desert landscapes, high mountain vistas and a melting pot of culturally diverse people with whom to enjoy life. However, as great of a place as Tucson is, there is still a need for all of us to maintain awareness of…

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Airmen volunteer for “Tucson Meet Yourself”

Posted  October 18, 2012

The “Tucson Meet Yourself” Festival was held Oct. 12-14 in downtown Tucson and more than 40 members of the Desert Lightning Team volunteered their time to the annual community event. Airmen were scheduled to help with set-up, tear down, green team, which is a trash pickup and recycling detail, and traffic control. “Most of the…

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