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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

Gold Star Families to receive unique acknowledgement

Posted  March 26, 2015

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Some memorials aren’t inlaid with platinum, or ten feet tall, or carved out of Italian Marble. According to reports, for Capt. Nathan Nylander, an Air Force meteorologist, April 27, 2011, was just another day on deployment. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Airman was deployed and at a meeting…

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Health & Safety

D-M to host Motorcycle Safety Rally

Posted  March 26, 2015

Airmen of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is hosting Motorcycle Safety Rally Mar. 27. There will be various activities during this event to include Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department conducting a motorcycle demonstration and awards given to the best bikes. After a safety briefing, the bikers will depart for a 2-3 hour…

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D-M A-10’s train at RAF Lakenheath

Posted  March 26, 2015

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — A Theater Security Package comprised of A-10C Thunderbolts and Airmen from the 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., arrived at the Liberty Wing March 13 to train with NATO allies in new environments and cultures. “Working with our NATO allies helps strengthen the bonds between us, and demonstrates the…

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Health & Safety

New plan to dramatically change today’s health systems

Posted  March 26, 2015

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With the goal to move from healthcare to health, the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) has created a dynamic plan that promises to revolutionize health and human performance systems as they exist today. The Human Performance Concept of Operations (CONOPS), created by Air Force medical planners, strives to not only prevent or…

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Mentorship, adaptability key for recognized Airmen at OSAY

Posted  March 26, 2015

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Arizona’s military citizenry honored the best of its air and ground power at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa here March 21. The 162nd Wing nominees at the Arizona National Guard’s 2015 Outstanding Soldiers and Airmen of the Year (OSAY) Banquet were as follows: For Airman of the Year category: Senior Airman Nicholas Hoffman,…

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Local Briefs March 27, 2015

Posted  March 26, 2015

Summary Courts Officer notice for Master Sgt. Verdelle Holloway Jr. Master Sgt. Verdelle J. Holloway Jr. of the 923d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, passed away on 9 March 2015. Anyone having knowledge of claim for or against the deceased’s estate may contact the Summary Courts Officer, Capt. Joseph Bennett, at 520-228-7923,…

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Air Force

OTS eliminates component distinctions

Posted  March 19, 2015

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The Air Force Officer Training School here has removed all service component distinctions from its line officer commissioning courses. Regular Air Force and Reserve cadets no longer receive their commissions through Basic Officer Training or Air National Guard cadets through the Academy of Military Science. With the start of…

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Increase your sphere of influence

Posted  March 19, 2015

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — In his November 2013 Roll Call, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody said that a nomination to a developmental special duty is an honor and expresses the faith and confidence leadership has in an Airman to purposefully shape our future. Earlier in 2013, 10 special…

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AF announces 23 AFSCs on reenlistment bonus list

Posted  March 19, 2015

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas (AFNS) — Enlisted Airmen in 23 Air Force specialty codes may be eligible to receive a selective reenlistment bonus (SRB) effective March 12, Air Force officials announced March 12. The Air Force is moving forward with a higher end-strength, so AFSCs eligible for the SRB program will increase to address retention of…

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