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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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

(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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Local

Heroes Day for Open House a success

Posted  April 19, 2012

More than 500 local people with disabilities or special needs were on the flight line April 13, the day before the Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona 2012 Open House to watch the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other performers practice their routines. Heroes Day was organized by the base to accommodate representatives of the local…

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Tech Sgt. Angela Blue receives the Purple Heart Medal

Posted  April 19, 2012

U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin/Released U.S. Air Force Col. John Cherry, 355th Fighter Wing commander, awards Tech Sgt. Angela Blue, non-commissioned officer-in-charge of education and training, the Purple Heart and the Combat Action medal here April 13. Sergeant Blue was accompanied by her husband, Master Sgt. Christopher Blue, 755th aircraft…

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Thunder and Lightning Over Arizona brings fun and flight to Tucson Skies

Posted  April 19, 2012

More than 130,000 people converged on Davis-Monthan AFB April 14 and 15 to watch a spectacular display of aeronautic stunts and tour...

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Local Briefs April 27, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

AFA holds 28th annual golf tournament The Tucson Chapter of the Air Force Association is scheduled to have their 28th annual “scramble golf tournament” at the D-M golf course May 4 at 12:30 p.m. Entry forms are available at the D-M Pro Shop. Profits from this event are used to annually support a wide variety…

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Davis-Monthan Women’s Golf Association wraps-up regular season

Posted  April 26, 2012

The Davis-Monthan Women’s Golf Association completed its regular season’s play this month. On April 18, awards and prizes were presented to the members. The 2012 Commander’s Cup winner was Cleo Elve. This three-day tournament was…

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Out and About in Arizona Tombstone: The town too tough to die

Posted  April 26, 2012

The most famous event in Tombstone’s history, the famed Gunfight at the OK Corral will be re-enacted this weekend, April 28-29. On October 26, 1881, Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp with help from Wyatt’s friend Doc Holliday took 24 seconds and…

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World

Holocaust survivor: ‘You’re the last generation that will hear from us’

Posted  April 26, 2012

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — To this day, 77-year-old Marion Blumenthal Lazan feels a strong sense of fear when she sees a German Shepard. It takes her back to that cold, rainy night in 1944 when she arrived at Bergen-Belsen…

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Chapel to host COPE Roadshow

Posted  April 26, 2012

The Base Chapel will host the COPE Roadshow May 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Roadshow is an on-base compact version of the COPE retreats that many are familiar with. It is designed to prepare deploying Airmen and their families for separation as well as foster reintegration through social activities and marriage enrichment…

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Health & Safety

Officials explain new sexual assault policies

Posted  April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON – Senior Defense Department officials said they hope more service members who are victims of sexual assault report the crimes as a result of a policy change Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced last week. Panetta issued guidance April 20 withholding “initial disposition authority” from any officer who is below the O-6 — colonel…

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Diamond Sharp April 27, 2012

Posted  April 26, 2012

Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS Senior Airman Marc Bates, 355 AMXS First Sergeants:  Master Sgt. Miranda and Master Sgt. Allyn Duty Title: Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice When joined the AF: Dec. 9, 2008 Hometown: New Haven, MO Hobbies: Sports, fitness, and continuing his education Selection Reasons: Airman Bates has an average of 99.15 for his…

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