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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(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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Davis-Monthan to hold National Night Out

Posted  August 14, 2014

Cities across the country recognized the nation’s premier crime prevention during an annual night out against crime Aug. 5. Each year since 1984, National Night Out events have been held on the second Tuesday of August. Its purpose is to foster relations between local law enforcement and emergency agencies which promotes involvement in crime prevention…

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Culture change: Aviation safety in healthcare

Posted  August 7, 2014

Langley Air Force Base, Va.  — The Air Combat Command Surgeon General’s office pioneered a program bringing operational risk management and flight line safety procedures into hospitals and dental squadrons across the Air Force. Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, Air Combat Command Surgeon General and a team of ACC aerospace physiologists, well-versed in operational risk management…

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Commentary: Strong followers challenge authority

Posted  August 7, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the…

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Team works to solve POV shipment issues

Posted  August 7, 2014

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and U.S. Transportation Command are standing up a team of transportation experts this week to quickly address the most significant challenges and concerns military customers are facing when shipping their privately owned vehicles. On May 1, International Auto Logistics, known as IAL,…

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Summer car care tips keep car running, looking good

Posted  August 7, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — As the red mercury in thermometers continues to rise, many of the objects we use in our everyday lives take a beating from the weather shift in Arizona. From the large dust storms, monsoon downpours and scorching heat of the desert sun, a car takes the brunt of the…

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‘Let me tell you ‘bout my best friend’

Posted  August 7, 2014

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — For a Military Working Dog handler it may take weeks or even months to build a bond with their dog, but once they do that bond will last forever. This is a bond that will survive through the good and bad times, as well as the challenges and struggles…

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Local Briefs August 8, 2014

Posted  August 7, 2014

AMMO to conduct inventory Aug. 8 The AMMO Flight will be conducting a 100% Change of MASO inventory, Aug. 8. Please direct any concerns to Munitions Operations at 228-8009. NARFE to meet Aug. 18, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874…

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Understanding sergeant’s words: ‘I’ve got your back’

Posted  August 7, 2014

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) — Seeing the newly selected staff sergeants recently brought back memories of when I was selected for staff sergeant. Actually, my thoughts went to the night I graduated Airman Leadership School. As I crossed the stage after receiving my completion certificate, my co-workers gathered to congratulate me and shake…

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Air Force to change enlisted evaluations, promotions

Posted  August 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced a series of sweeping changes to the Enlisted Evaluation System and Weighted Airman Promotion System July 31. The changes are intended to ensure the Air Force truly makes job performance the driving factor and will be implemented incrementally beginning in August 2014 and continuing through early 2016. Additional…

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Lights camera chaplains

Posted  August 7, 2014

The Air National Guard Recruiting Creative Marketing team visited Davis-Monthan Air Force Base July 14-18 to film an ANG chaplain recruiting video. Assisted by 162nd Wing personnel and assets here, the cast and crew spent the week filming at various locations on Davis-Monthan in addition to other locations throughout the country. The video is part…

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