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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

Posted  March 22, 2013

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Although military tuition assistance is suspended through the end of the 2013 fiscal year, there are other options that can keep advanced education a possibility for all Airmen. “To get money outside of tuition assistance from the Air Force is probably going to take a little more time and…

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DM-50 picnic

Posted  March 22, 2013

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held April 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bama Park here. The picnic is a free event for active duty members, families, retirees and any guests sponsored onto base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food and drinks, and events. At Bama Park,…

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Rocketry Club ready for blastoff this weekend

Posted  March 22, 2013

On March 23 and 24, hundreds of rockets will soar into the sky at Desert Heat 2013 in Tucson. Rocket enthusiasts from around the Southwest will gather for the 7th Annual Winter Rocket Launch of the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA). This entertainment is not just for rocketeers. Spectators and students will experience watching homemade…

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Largest U.S. military helicopter to visit D-M this week

Posted  March 22, 2013

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base welcomes six U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Heavylift Helicopter Squadron 465 out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., March 19-27. While here the helicopter pilots will conduct desert mountainous terrain training at Southern Arizona’s many outstanding military training ranges. The training will prepare crews for missions…

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612th SPTS named “best squadron” by Tucson Chamber of Commerce

Posted  March 22, 2013

The 612th Support Squadron was awarded the 2012 E.D. Jewett Award by the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, March 7. The E.D. Jewett Award recognizes the squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB that best represents the finest tradition of military excellence and community involvement in the previous year. The award is named for Col. E.D. Jewett (Ret.),…

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Local Briefs March 29, 2013

Posted  March 29, 2013

Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage Fri, Mar. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Mark Gungor talks about how to improve your marriage by understanding your spouse with four fun workshops. Humorous and serious way to improve couples communication. Please RVSP at 228-5690. Hearts Apart Easter Celebration Sat, Mar. 30,…

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Efforts continue for spouse professional license portability

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Defense Department officials recognize that an unemployed spouse can affect a service member’s retention, so efforts continue to allow spouses’ professional licenses to transfer from state to state as military families move from one duty station to another, a Pentagon official told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. Marcus Beauregard,…

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Not too soon for spouse’s job hunt before moving

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it’s time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Meg O’Grady, program manager…

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February 2013 Crime and Punishment

Posted  March 29, 2013

Each month, the legal office publishes the results of actions under the Uniform Code of Military Justice completed during the previous month. Specific individuals who received Nonjudicial Punishment are not identified. Article 15 Actions During February 2013, D-M commanders administered seven Nonjudicial Punishment actions under Article 15 of the UCMJ. The punishments imposed reflect the…

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Combat-Ready Airmen Delivering Electronic Attack at a Moment’s Notice… Anywhere!

Posted  March 29, 2013

Members of the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron step to a EC-130H Compass Call here March 20. Aircrew will typically step an hour before takeoff, as it takes time to run checklists, start engines and taxi. Maj. Michael Padilla, 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron assistant director of operations, warms up on a treadmill before going for a…

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