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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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If it isn’t you, it’s the person next to you

Posted  April 12, 2013

WESTOVER AIR RESERVE BASE, Mass. (AFNS) — “Hey sexy… you single?” I turned to see a fellow Airman in training; standing about 5 foot 8 inches tall, dark hair and eyes. Over the next four months, I heard this fellow classmate repeat the same line more than a couple dozen times. It wasn’t just me he had an eye…

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Voluntary separation programs continue through August

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Eligible officers and enlisted members have until Aug. 1 to submit their application for separation under the fiscal 2013 voluntary force management programs, Air Force officials reminded Airmen today. Announced in February, FY13 force management programs support the Air Force effort to reduce manning to the authorized end-strength by Sept. 30….

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Hagel seeks to limit convening authority powers under UCMJ

Posted  April 12, 2013

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will ask Congress to change military law so that commanders cannot overturn major convictions, the secretary announced in a written statement issued April 8. Article 60 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice currently gives power to “convening authorities,” or commanders, to set aside a conviction or decrease punishment following a…

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MilPDS upgrade complete: Review emergency contact information

Posted  April 12, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS)  — If you married, have a new address or experienced significant life changes in March, you should review your emergency contact information to ensure it is accurate, Air Force Personnel Center officials advised. The Military Personnel Data System manages such military personnel and pay information as accessions, separations, retirements, promotions,…

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“Paradise” for D-M personnel and families

Posted  April 12, 2013

An estimated 3,000 Davis-Monthan Air Force Base personnel and their families spent Saturday afternoon at DM enjoying free food, games, live music and a car show at a picnic in the park hosted by the DM 50. “This is one of the most popular events of the year for thousands of folks who sacrifice their…

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AFSOUTH Airman presented with the Purple Heart

Posted  April 12, 2013

USAF photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Ogden Col. James Bortree, 612th Air and Space Operations Center commander, stands at attention with Staff Sgt. Staff Sgt. Darren C. Fackler, 612th AOC Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialist, during Fackler’s Purple Heart recognition ceremony here April 4. An Airman assigned to the 612th Air and Space Operations…

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Softball season set to kickoff

Posted  April 12, 2013

U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Christine Halan Kristopher Henson, second baseman for the Desert Lightning 1st Six Council softball team, swings his bat at a pitch during the Company Grade Officer Council and 1st Six softball game here Aug. 25. The CGOC defeated the 1st Six, 18-16. The softball season is scheduled to…

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354th FS and 355th MXG return home from deployment

Posted  April 12, 2013

Air Force members wait in a hangar with “Welcome Home” signs for the return of deployed Desert Lightning Team members on the flightline. The deployment included members of the 354th Fighter Squadron and 355th Maintenance Group, who were deployed for six months to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force members of the 354th Fighter Squadron…

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Local Briefs April 19, 2013

Posted  April 18, 2013

Retired Officers’ Spouses Club The Tucson Retired Officers’ Spouses Club will hold its last monthly luncheon meeting of the season on Thursday, May 2 at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E. St. Andrews Dr., located off Swan Rd., one mile north of Sunrise Dr.  Special guest speaker is Matt Welch, Tucson Botanical Gardens Volunteer Docent. Social…

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May 2013 is Career Month at Davis-Monthan AFB

Posted  April 18, 2013

The DMAFB Annual Career Fair will be held on Tues, May 21, from 10am to 2pm at the Mirage Club. Representatives from numerous local and national companies, including state and federal government agencies, will be on hand to provide information on career opportunities with their respective organizations.  The Airman & Family Readiness Center will be…

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