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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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AETC husband creates online, education resource for male spouses

Posted  March 14, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — The husband of an Air Education and Training Command, Directorate of Manpower, Personnel and Services major was recently recognized for his creative efforts in educating other male military spouses. Chris Pape, husband of Maj. Dana Pape, Resources Section chief, was named the AETC winner of the Joan Orr Spouse…

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Local Briefs March 14, 2014

Posted  March 14, 2014

The first annual Pat’s Run Troop Run at D-M scheduled for April 26 The ruck/walk/run will begin at the Benko Fitness Center and will be approximately 4.2 miles long. This event can be enjoyed by all family members! Cost of adults is $20 and children under 12 is $5. Deadline to register for this event…

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Raptor crews preserve mission through adversity

Posted  March 7, 2014

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz Three F-22 Raptors from Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, are parked on the flightline here, March 2. Four F-22’s were diverted to D-M and during landing three of the Raptors’ right side tires deflated as a safety precaution due to an increase in tire pressure, caused…

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SMSgt promotion release rescheduled

Posted  March 7, 2014

The 2014 senior master sergeant promotion selection release slated for March 6 has been rescheduled for March 20, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced. “Air staff distributes promotion quotas based on fiscal and statutory constraints, and projected grade vacancies,” said Col. Joe Atkins, the AFPC operations division chief. “We are working carefully to make final…

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Leadership stresses importance of keeping families informed

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Air Force’s on-going force shaping initiatives affect more than our Airmen–they also affect our families.  The concerns and questions Air Force families differ from those of a service member. Family members have few opportunities to engage with commanders and experts and large auditorium briefings and pages of personnel documents are not always the most…

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New apps provide Airmen mobile medical education and tools

Posted  March 7, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO – RANDOLPH, Texas  — Two free mobile applications produced by the Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia are now available for Airmen and all military health system beneficiaries. The CEMM released two mobile apps in 2013, the CEMM Virtual Medical Center app and a pregnancy app called “My Pregnancy A to Z Journal.”…

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ACC command chief visits D-M

Posted  March 7, 2014

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt., Richard A. Parsons, Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., speaks to personnel at the 355th Security Forces Squadron, Feb. 19. Parsons emphasized capability versus capacity of Airmen regarding the force management the Air Force is currently undergoing.

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Admin career field to make comeback

Posted  March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A previous administrative career field will make its second debut across the Air Force in May 2014, providing support staff at all Air Force levels and eliminating a special duty echelon. Approximately 80 percent of Airmen currently assigned to the Knowledge Operations Management Air Force specialty code 3D0X1 will transition to the  new…

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How effective is D-M?

Posted  March 7, 2014

The Desert Lightning Team will be tested on how effectively its mission is executed during a Unit Effectiveness Inspection, March 20-30. A UEI is a capstone event, which is a continual evaluation of performance throughout an inspection period. A UEI is broken up into four major gradable areas; managing resources, leading people, improving the unit…

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Think before you act: It only takes a second for your actions to go viral

Posted  March 7, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean … wrote something inappropriate … behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I’m sure you have or you wouldn’t be human. However, in today’s society some of these behaviors never go away, even if you tried to…

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