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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

Airman catches, gives back milestone HR to famed MLB slugger

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Even before Staff Sgt. Thomas Sherrill took his seat April 22 at Nationals Park here, he said he fantasized about what he would do if he somehow caught the milestone home-run ball off the bat of major-league slugger Albert Pujols. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman began the game against the…

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Events

Keeping Heritage Park looking good

Posted  May 1, 2014

If you visit Heritage Park in the next few weeks, you may see a missing display and one covered in tarps. This is because two static displays at Heritage Park will be undergoing maintenance and refurbishing during the next three weeks. All of the displays in Heritage Park recently underwent an inspection. Two aircraft, an…

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Veterans

VA removes annual income reporting requirement

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is eliminating the annual requirement for most Veterans enrolled in VA’s health care system to report income information. Instead, VA will automatically match income information obtained from the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration. “Eliminating the requirement for annual income reporting makes our health care benefits…

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Local

Servicemembers must follow local vehicle emissions standards

Posted  May 1, 2014

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — Airmen with vehicles registered out-of-state are still subject to local emissions standards, according to the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act Amendments. Even with authorization to maintain out-of-state registration under the provisions of the Service members Civil Relief Act, local inspection and testing of a vehicle’s emissions system may be required in…

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DoD

Building relationships through Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Posted  May 1, 2014

The largest personnel recovery exercise in the world helps foster international relationships by combining joint, coalition, and interagency partners. Exercise ANGEL THUNDER is an annual exercise that supports the DoD’s training requirements for personnel recovery, but also helps in building trust and relationships between joint, interagency, and coalition partners. This year’s exercise will occur from…

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Veterans

SGLI premium adjustment effective July 1

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program will adjust its monthly premium rate from 6.5 cents per $1,000 back to the 2006 rate of seven cents per $1,000 of insurance, a modest increase to ensure the SGLI program remains in a strong financial position. The Department of Veterans Affairs continues to place the interests…

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Commentary

Excellence unexpected result of mistakes

Posted  May 1, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In our present environment of force shaping actions and an increasing expectation to do more with less, the idea exists that perfection is expected. While excellence remains one of our core values, our heritage is wrought with leaders, who are both men and women, great and small, that questioned the status…

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Health & Safety

Beat the heat, check back seat

Posted  May 1, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — With the summer heat at our door step, it’s important to ensure children and pets are well taken care of. Leaving them in the car can cause serious illness and even death. Parents and pet owners must be aware that even in cooler temperatures the car can heat up quickly, which…

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Today’s MTIs, through the eyes of an old airman

Posted  May 1, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I normally don’t jump into the fray of Internet social commentary, but as Air Education and Training Command’s senior enlisted airman, I felt compelled after seeing many readers’ comments stemming from a March 31 news article on the court-martial of a former military training instructor. The article highlighted the former MTI’s…

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Salutes & Awards

AFN set to honor military spouses through Facebook initiative

Posted  May 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – The American Forces Network Broadcast Center has established a hashtag for Facebook users to help AFN honor military spouses during Military Spouses Appreciation Day on May 10. The initiative will center on a special hashtag — #spouseappreciation — that Facebook users can include in posts and photos that pay tribute to military spouses….

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