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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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PJs meet Open House heart attack patient

Posted  May 8, 2014

Six pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron were able to meet the man whose life they saved during the Thunder and Lightning over Arizona event, May 1. Russell Korne, a Phoenix resident, suffered a heart attack on April 12 while he and his wife were walking past the 48th RQS display. Six PJs and two…

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Survival by Luck

Posted  May 8, 2014

It started on Sept. 1, 1939, more than 2,000 tanks and over 1,000 planes, broke through Polish defenses along the border and advanced on Warsaw. Within weeks the Polish army was defeated. Pawel Lichter, a survivor of the German invasion of Poland, shared his life story with the members of 12th Air Force (Air Forces…

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Local Briefs May 9, 2014

Posted  May 8, 2014

NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet May 19, 11:30 a.m. – Golden Corral Restaurant Current and retired Federal employees, spouses, guests, and visitors are invited to join NARFE Chapter 1874 at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 6865 N. Thornydale Dr.  The May meeting will be on Monday, May 19. (Senior menu $7.95)  Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m….

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World

From American Samoa to Afghanistan: Polynesian PERSCO processes Bagram Airmen

Posted  May 8, 2014

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Lackland Air Force Base is worlds away from American Samoa, in more ways than one. And for Senior Airman Desirae Faasavalu, she found a few of those differences right away. “It was a huge culture shock, seeing all of the buildings and freeways and no greenery,” she said. Faasavalu is a…

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355th Fighter Group Association reunites at D-M

Posted  May 8, 2014

The 355th Fighter Group Association Reunion was held here May 1-5. The 355th FGA consists of any member assigned to the 355th Fighter Group or Wing from 1942 to present. Members of the group began the reunion by experiencing a flight in the A-10 Thunderbolt simulator at the 355th Operations Group Thursday. U.S. Air Force…

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A chance for me to say thank you

Posted  May 8, 2014

Did you know April was Month of the Military Child? I’ll be honest; it didn’t dawn on me until yesterday. I can understand if you forgot, or didn’t notice. It’s easy, after all, with last-minute taskers, performance reports to write, doing the daily tasks asked of us – a lot of times I think these…

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Guardian Angels from the 563rd RQG in rescue mission

Posted  May 8, 2014

CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO — Airmen from the 563rd Rescue Group (RQG) responded to a Rescue Mission after being notified of a Venezuelan fishing boat 1,100 nautical miles off the Pacific coast of Mexico with two critically injured Chinese sailors May 02, 2014. While preparing for the world’s largest Combat Search and Rescue Exercise, ANGEL…

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Five Davis-Monthan Airmen LEAD to USAFA

Posted  May 8, 2014

The U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., will welcome five members of the Desert Lightning Team into the Leaders Encouraging Airmen Development program. Senior Airman Thomas R. Nguyen and Airman 1st Class Torrence R. Rees, both from the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, will enter directly into the academy through LEAD program. Airman 1st Class…

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Hagel orders services to review grooming standards

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed members of the Congressional Black Caucus that he is ordering the military services to review grooming standards, particularly those for African-American women. Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel directed the deputy secretary of defense to work with the service secretaries and the military chiefs…

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48th RQS Rescue Training at the Titan Missile Museum

Posted  May 1, 2014

The 48th Rescue Squadron utilized the unique layout of the Titan Missile Museum in Green Valley to conduct high angle and confined space rescue training April 17.  A pararescueman from the 48th Rescue Squadron guards an area of the Titan Missile Museum during a simulated rescue exercise. The 48th RQS conducted the rescue training in…

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