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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Chuck Aaron: Living Legend of Aviation

Posted  April 10, 2014

Chuck ‘Malibu’ Aaron is the first civilian pilot ever to be licensed to perform helicopter aerobatics in the U.S. He is also the first helicopter pilot to be presented with the Art Scholl Showmanship Award, an honor bestowed to recognize the world’s most outstanding air show performers. In 2011, Chuck was inducted to the prestigious…

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Jacquie B and her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane

Posted  April 10, 2014

When most people turn 50, they figure it’s time to relax and settle into neutral while coasting toward retirement. Not Jacquie B! When Jacquie turned 50, she launched her solo aerobatic career with her one-of-a-kind Pitts Special biplane. During the centennial celebration of powered flight in 2003, Jacquie finally quit the humdrum of a white…

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DAV shares message of support with veterans, showcase B-25 flyby

Posted  April 10, 2014

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will reach out to veterans and their families sharing its message of service and volunteerism in support of our nation’s combat-wounded men and women at Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona air show. In the company of the iconic World War II era B-25 Mitchell Bomber, the DAV Flight Team will appear…

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Welcome

Posted  April 10, 2014

On behalf of the men and women of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, we’d like to personally welcome you to the 2014 “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” Open House. We are honored to have you here as our special guests and hope to make your visit with us as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Our goal…

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AFSOUTH sends training team to Colombia to prepare for Exercise ANGEL THUNDER

Posted  April 3, 2014

Capts. Aaron Cavazos and David Nagle, A-10 weapons officers assigned to the 355th Fighter Wing, recently returned from their second mobile training team (MTT) event this year with the Colombian Air Force (COLAF) to prepare for their participation in Exercise ANGEL THUNDER. During their trip, Cavazos and Nagle worked with the COLAF to help develop…

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Pilot for a Day: Dana Morgan

Posted  April 3, 2014

The 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron hosted nine-year-old Dana Morgan as an honorary Pilot for a Day here March 14. Dana smiles after a ride in a fire truck with Airman 1st Class Joshua Scully, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighter. Pilot for a Day is a program which allows children, who have serious or chronic conditions,…

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What to know before you go to the open house

Posted  April 3, 2014

More than 200,000 people are expected to attend the “Thunder and Lightning over Arizona” Air Show and Open House April 12 and 13. The event is open to the public and admission is free. It is two days of nonstop entertainment, but a few tips can help make the experience more pleasurable for guests. Traffic…

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Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward for base inspections

Posted  April 3, 2014

Professionalism, mission focus, and a new way forward known as the Air Force Inspection System – those three things sum up what members of the Desert Lightning Team should take away from last week’s Unit Effectiveness Inspection. The Air Combat Command Inspector General Team conducted the 355th Fighter Wing’s Capstone event, known as a UEI,…

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Take on the Marine Challenge

Posted  April 3, 2014

Airmen test their strength and abilities through the ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ drill, here. The ‘Maneuver Under Fire’ Drill is one of three components of the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test and is designed to measure functional fitness in a combat environment. This course is mandatory for all Marines, however the 355th Force Support Squadron decided…

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Diamond Sharp April 4, 2014

Posted  April 3, 2014

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Wesley Shumard First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Jason Maberry Duty title: Assistant NCOIC of the Student Flight When joined the AF: June 2009 Hometown: Norman, OK Hobbies: Restoring older vehicles Selection Reasons: Staff Sgt. Shumard has recently earned 10 credit hours and was awarded both the Aviation Maintenance Technology & Aviation Ops CCAFs….

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