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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Outdoor Rec offers low cost events for Airmen

Posted  November 9, 2012

Members of the Desert Lightning Team scale obstacles at the 4H High Ropes course held by the Single Airmen Initiative program in Tucson, Ariz. March 8. The SAI is an Air Force-wide program endorsed by the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. (Courtesy photo) Are you looking for something fun and inexpensive to do…

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How can I ride a motorcycle on base?

Posted  November 9, 2012

Students of the Motorcycle Safety Basic Rider Course practice basic riding techniques on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The course consists of one day of in-class learning and two days of actual riding. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Timothy D. Moore) Are you tired of riding around base on four wheels? Do you…

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D-M observes “America Recycles Day” everyday

Posted  November 9, 2012

November 15 is the day America has proclaimed as America Recycles Day. This day is to remind and re-educate everyone about our direct and indirect impacts on the environment. Just remember, it is not about just this one day in November, it is about the mindset and constant awareness of how we impact our environment…

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AFOSI tip line lets base-level agents investigate crime

Posted  November 9, 2012

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — The Air Force Office of Special Investigations recently announced its first anonymous tip line, which operates via the Internet, SMS (text messaging), and a smart phone application. This tool will allow anyone to provide OSI with anonymous tips on everything from drugs and theft to terrorist activities and potential…

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Strong leadership today may save lives tomorrow

Posted  November 9, 2012

An Afghan woman and her son ride a donkey through a U.S. Army scout presence patrol in Nawbor Village, Bala Murghab District, Badghis Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 16, 2011. The scouts, who hail from White Platoon, Bulldog Troop, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, identified the woman’s family as having recently moved to the village, after insurgents…

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Program gives recordable books to deployed Airmen

Posted  November 9, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center Directorate of Services officials are sending more than 900 recordable children’s books to learning resource centers at six deployed locations throughout the U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s area of responsibility. The Air Force Library Program collaborated with the Directorate of Services’ PLAYpass initiative to…

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AF officials delay MilPDS upgrade

Posted  November 9, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Air Force officials are delaying the upgrade of the Military Personnel Data System that was originally scheduled for December. Delaying the upgrade is necessary to ensure the new system is thoroughly tested by the Air Force Personnel Center and other Department of Defense and Air Force agencies that use…

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Warrior of the Week

Posted  November 9, 2012

Airman 1st Class Scott A. Garner Family: Allen Garner, Annette Garner, Arielle Alelunas Hometown: Tucson, AZ Unit: 943rd Operations Support Flight Job title: Aircrew Flight Equipment Technician Job description: Inspect, maintain, and pack aircrew flight equipment such as oxygen masks, NVG’s, survival kits, flotation devices, anti G-suits, and parachutes. Most rewarding job aspect: Ensuring aircrew…

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D-M hosts adaptive sporting demo

Posted  November 9, 2012

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Hector Herrera, 355th Component Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, and Master Sgt. Steven Shulski, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, tip off during an adaptive sporting demonstration at the Benko Fitness Center on here Oct. 30. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle) Disabled athletes from the University…

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Base Harvest Festival a huge success

Posted  November 9, 2012

Airmen and their families congregated in the Hope Chapel parking lot for this year’s Harvest Festival Oct. 31. Harvest Festival is an alternative to Halloween trick-or-treating. The festival featured a plethora of activities including face painting, game booths, costume contest, candy, prizes and more. “So much of what you see and experience on Halloween is…

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