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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(U.S. Air National Guard photo by 2nd Lt. Lacey Roberts) Events

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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FTAC changes bring new perspectives

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Airman 1st Class Jaime Heathe, 355 Operational Weather Squadron, sweeps as Airman 1st Class Luke Ivazic, 355 Component Maintenance Squadron, holds the dust pan here Aug 25. The center is designed to help first-term Airmen transition from technical school to a first duty station environment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christine Halan)…

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Diamond Sharp

Posted  March 29, 2013

42nd ECS Diamond Sharp Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Sarah Parsley/ 42nd ECS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. James Goley Duty Title: EC-130H Flight Engineer When joined the AF: Aug. 26, 2003 Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin Hobbies: Hiking, swimming, going to baseball games, working on cars and running. Selection Reasons: Completed EC130H Flight Engineer trng crs; received 100% on…

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Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Tech. Sgt. Shaina Hernandez, 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron standardization crewmember (center) and her fellow crew members practice weapons loading with an AIM-9 training missle in a hangar at the 355th Maintenance Operation Squadron, March 19. Sergeant Hernandez is one of Approximately 20 female maintenance members on D-M. It has been almost 65 years…

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UofA Rugby puts mock “boots on the ground” with 55th RQS

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Staff Sgt. Josh Emerick, 55th Rescue Squadron, assists members of the University of Arizona rugby team with reading a map during a mock deployment hosted by the 55th RQS here March 16. For the mock deployment, the UofA rugby team was bused to a campsite behind the small arms range where they were…

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Gary Sinise, band to visit D-M March 29

Posted  March 29, 2013

Friday, March 29, the 355th Fighter Wing at Davis-Monthan AFB is scheduled to host Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for an evening concert event. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. The event will be held inside the 755th Aircraft Maintenance Hangar, which is just off of Yuma…

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It takes a village

Posted  March 29, 2013

Courtesy Photo Senior Master Sgt. Haisshia Havens (left) explains the benefits of a drug free lifestyle during a health fair at her sons’ school March 19. School officials asked Havens, a former Air Force Office of Special Investigations agent, to attend the fair to help educate parents and students about drug and alcohol abuse prevention….

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DOD requires more base closings, official says

Posted  March 29, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense Department possesses more real estate than it needs and is looking to close additional bases and installations in the United States and abroad, a senior DOD official told a House panel March 14. Air Force leaders agree, according to Kathleen I. Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics….

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MilPDS upgrade complete

Posted  March 29, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force has successfully upgraded and transferred the Military Personnel Data System to the Defense Information Systems Agency Defense Enterprise Computing Center, Air Force Personnel Center officials said March 25. “We’re pleased that the MilPDS upgrade took less time than anticipated, and we are well on our way to…

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AFSOUTH welcomes new command chief

Posted  March 29, 2013

A new command chief has taken on the role of senior enlisted adviser at 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern). Chief Master Sgt. Calvin D. Williams, an Alabama native who has been serving in the Air Force for 24 years, comes to 12th AF (AFSOUTH) after completing a 365-day tour in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the…

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DM-50 picnic

Posted  March 29, 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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