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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Local Briefs May 23, 2014

Posted  May 22, 2014

Stay and Play Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. – Youth Center instruction room This is a new program for parents and children ages birth to five years. Features open play-time, parent-child activities, circle time, parenting support and education. Registration is not required. For more information, call 321-1500. Money on the Road Program Money on the Road is…

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Southern Arizona VA to hold Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted  May 22, 2014

The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS) is inviting patients, staff, visitors, and guests to the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.  The program will be held on Friday, May 30 in the R.E. Lindsey Jr. Auditorium located in building #4 at 10 a.m.  There will be numerous local dignitaries as well as active duty military…

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Airman reflects on being a young parent

Posted  May 22, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Being a young parent can be challenging in the best of conditions. Having a child while still in high school can hardly be considered the best of circumstances. Add to the mix joining the military right after graduation and a whole other league of challenges are entered. For Airman…

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D-M AFB Gospel Service celebrated its 41st anniversary

Posted  May 22, 2014

On April 27, the Davis-Monthan AFB Gospel Service celebrated its 41st anniversary on this base. This milestone was noted by the Mayor of Tucson, Jonathan Rothschild with a proclamation declaring April 27, 2014 as Davis-Monthan Gospel Service Day. More than 120 people participated, including some who have attended since the gospel service’s inception. Three choirs,…

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CRE employed for ANGEL THUNDER

Posted  May 22, 2014

A contingency response element of the 621st Contingency Response Wing from Travis Air Force Base, California, is participating in exercise ANGEL THUNDER at Davis-Monthan AFB and Flagstaff Pulliam Airport. The CRE provides continuous on-site management of Air Mobility Command airfield operations including command and control, aerial port services, maintenance, security, weather, and intelligence — those…

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Modify myPers home page to make searches easier

Posted  May 22, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen using myPers have multiple role options available to help them locate the information they need faster and easier. When users log in, the system takes them to a default page attached to their authentication credentials (i.e., active duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, retiree or civilian…

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D-M helps maintain a Flying Fortress

Posted  May 22, 2014

More than 10 Airmen from D-M volunteered to clean and learn about different World War II aircraft, such as the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, May 11. The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft, which was developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. From its introduction in 1938,…

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History of Memorial Day

Posted  May 22, 2014

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration…

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Memorial Day: What does it mean to you?

Posted  May 22, 2014

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — What does Memorial Day mean for you? For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial beginning of summer. We fire our grills up and plan trips to the lake–there is palpable excitement as we discuss how to spend the extra-long weekend. But Memorial Day is much more. “Memorial Day is a time…

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Tucson Mayor jets across Arizona skies

Posted  May 22, 2014

Exhilaration filled the air as Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild soared above the city May 3 in an F-16 Fighting Falcon piloted by Col. Phil Purcell, commander of the 162nd Wing. “It was a blast,” said Rothschild as he recounted his wild ride. “The aircraft has amazing capability.” Rothschild visited the wing Saturday to meet Arizona…

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