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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Airman provides emergency care to fellow wingman

Posted  April 5, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Master Sgt. David Alderton, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Force Protection, thanks Tech. Sgt. Aaron Metrejean, 355th Maintenance Group, for helping him during a near fatal motorcycle accident on I-19 in Tucson, March 27. Metrejean rushed to Alderton’s side after Alderton was thrown from his motorcycle when…

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Local Briefs April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Brain Waves for Fathers Fri, Apr. 12, Noon-4 p.m. – Airman & Family Readiness Center Learn more about the mechanics of early childhood brain development.  This exciting new program is for fathers of young children (ages birth through five). Please RSVP at 228-5690. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Tues, Apr. 16, 9-10 a.m. – Airman &…

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Diamond Sharp – April 12, 2013

Posted  April 12, 2013

Name/Squadron: Airman 1st Class Cox, Joshua /355 AMXS First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Shulski Duty title: A-10 Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief When joined the AF: Jan. 3, 2012 Hometown: Dayton, Ohio Hobbies: Basketball, Paintball Selection reasons: Airman Cox was hand selected as the assistant dedicated crew chief on the Wing Flagship. Meticulous maintenance practices have contributed…

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12th AF takes down active-shooter during exercise

Posted  April 12, 2013

Members of the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) A4/7 Directorate employed tactical defense skills to subdue an assailant during an active-shooter exercise at the 12th AF headquarters building here April 4.

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Local Vet is presented with last Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal

Posted  April 12, 2013

Col. Kevin Blanchard, 355th FW Commander, and Commander Ross Orvik, DMAFB Navy Squadron Commander, honor Clarence Ellquist, a World War II Veteran and DMAFB employee of 14 years, as he is presented the very last Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Medal during a presentation Apr. 8. The award was presented by U.S. Congressman Ron Barber. Ellquist was…

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DLT Airmen unload 40K books for children

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths Airmen and Tucson citizens sort books at the Bookman’s warehouse for First Book Tucson April 2. Approximately 40,000 books were unpacked, sorted and stacked for children from pre- kindergarten to high school. Sixty-four Airmen from the Desert Lightning Team assisted First Book Tucson with unloading…

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Women’s History Month Series: Lt. Col. Jennifer Short

Posted  April 12, 2013

Lt. Col. Jennifer Short, 358th Fighter Squadron commander, is one of nearly 20 female A-10 Thunderbolt II pilots Air Force-wide. Short grew up in a military family. Her dad was a fighter pilot, and her brother went to the Air Force Academy when she was in high school.

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From the Ground Up: Climbing to the top of the world

Posted  April 12, 2013

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Six continents. Seven years. More than 100,000 feet climbed and next month, the USAF 7 Summits Challenge team is setting out to climb to the top of the world. At 29,035 ft., Mount Everest is the highest peak on Earth. If successful, six Airmen will become the first American military team…

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TRICARE offers new prescription coverage to help kick tobacco

Posted  April 12, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE beneficiaries living in the U.S. now have a new weapon in their fight to kick the tobacco habit. Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. The medications are available to beneficiaries with a prescription who are 18 years or older, but not eligible for Medicare. Though a…

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It shouldn’t hurt to be a child

Posted  April 12, 2013

April is national Child Abuse Awareness Month, a time dedicated to child abuse awareness and prevention activities. Michelle McLoughlin, 355th Fighter Wing Family Advocacy outreach manager, says that by providing access to quality childcare, affordable health services, parenting education resources, and substance abuse and mental health programs, communities can make progress toward what the month…

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