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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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Old Dawgs & Pups recognize one of D-M’s Finest 

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin Staff Sgt. Aaron Escalante, 355th Security Forces Squadron Military Working dog handler, receives a certificate from Major Douglas Whitehead, 355th SFS commander, here March 1. Escalante was recognized for his service as a MWD handler during tours to Qatar and Afghanistan. The Old Dawgs & Pups…

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Annual D-M 50 picnic scheduled for March 15

Posted  March 14, 2014

The annual DM-50 picnic will be held March 15 from 10:30 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 the base. The DM-50 will be providing a variety of free entertainment, food, drinks and events. “It is a…

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When keeping it real goes wrong

Posted  March 14, 2014

It’s Tuesday, and after a long day at work I’m reminded that I have an intramural league basketball game tonight. After arriving home and quickly changing I make my way back to the base gym to avoid the scrutiny of my coach and team mates.  As I begin to search through the maze of a…

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AF officials announce FY15 force structure changes

Posted  March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON  — Air Force officials released force structure changes resulting from the Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Budget today. To ensure the service successfully transitions to a leaner force that remains ready, the Air Force plans to remove almost 500 aircraft across the inventories of all three components over the next five years. “The FY15PB request favors a…

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Voluntary application processing continues during force management pause

Posted  March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Late last week, Air Force officials initiated a strategic pause to all force management programs to fully evaluate potential changes to the timing, composition and eligibility criteria for each program based on budget adjustments and early lessons learned. “Complex strategies are rarely perfect from their inception but evolve as new information and…

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CMSAF #5 Robert Gaylor inspires D-M’s newest Chiefs

Posted  March 14, 2014

The Desert Lightning Team Chiefs’ Group honored six Airmen recently selected for promotion to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in a ceremony at the Mirage Club here Feb. 22. The ceremony recognized DLT honorees for their hard work, dedication, loyalty and sacrifice as they achieved the highest enlisted rank in the Air Force. The…

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Eye injuries avoidable, doctor says

Posted  March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – March is National Save Your Vision Month, and the Defense Department wants service members to take care of their eyes by wearing eye protection when performing dangerous work, reducing eye strain and routinely undergoing eye examinations. Dr. Robert Mazzoli, an ophthalmologist at the Vision Center of Excellence at Madigan Army Medical Center in…

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# 1 NY Times author teaches D-M Airmen

Posted  March 14, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin Dr. Gary Chapman, author, signs copies of“The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workspace” after his seminar at the base theater here, March 7. A copy of his book was given out to everyone in attendance. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of “The 5 Languages of Appreciation…

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CAF Day: Physically “Charged”

Posted  March 14, 2014

Desert Lightning Team members pose with Jarret Johnson, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League, following a workout at here, March 3. D-M acknowledged the physical pillar of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Day by offering Airmen a chance to work out with Johnson.   Jarret Johnson, linebacker for the San Diego Chargers…

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The impact of a simple email

Posted  March 14, 2014

It seems like the emails just won’t stop. Review this, update that, and the ever dreaded tasking that was due yesterday....

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