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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 When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women.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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History is not for me

Posted  February 21, 2013

Whenever I fill out a form that asks me about my race, I take pride in marking the box labeled African American/Black. I am proud of my skin tone; my ethnicity; and to the extent that my knowledge of it allows me, my heritage; but I am not that fond of African American/Black History month….

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It’s ORI “go time”

Posted  March 8, 2012

After nearly 18 months of preparation and a sustained deployment tempo, Desert Lightning Team units face off in their 2012 Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection. The ACC Inspector General team will assess D-M’s ability to generate aircraft, cargo and personnel for deployment through a Phase I ORI here March 11 to 16. “It’s go…

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Davis-Monthan Movie Schedule

Posted  March 22, 2012

Adults – $3.25 Children – $2 FRIDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 7 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson SATURDAY Safe House, 7 p.m. (R), starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds SUNDAY Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, 2 p.m. (PG), starring Josh Hutcherson, Dwayne Johnson

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Happenings around Tucson

Posted  March 22, 2012

Spring Training Game: Chicago White Sox vs. Los Angeles Dodgers  March 23 Game start: 1:05 p.m., gates open at 11:30 a.m. Major League Spring Training is returning to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, March 23 at 1:05 p.m. when the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers play a charity game to benefit the…

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Local Briefs March 23, 2012

Posted  March 22, 2012

2012 Air Force Assistance Fund kick-off breakfast Davis-Monthan AFB will kick off our AFAF season with a breakfast March 26 at the Mirage Club, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Come join us for a traditional breakfast buffet of scrambled eggs, biscuits and all the fixings. Share in camaraderie with base leadership and fellow personnel assigned to…

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D-M Exchange to hold semi-annual wireless sale

Posted  March 22, 2012

The proliferation and popularity of apps on mobile phones continue to grow at an incredible rate. And, according to a recent Exchange poll, military members, with their mobile lifestyle, have a higher propensity to use these tools. As a result, their need for the latest in mobile technology is even greater. To meet military consumers’…

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Official offers tips to beat summer moving rush

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON – With military moving season about to kick into high gear, officials are urging service members to book their moving dates early and to remain as flexible as possible when doing so. Careful planning is vital to ensuring a smooth move, especially during the busiest season, John Johnson, branch chief for the personal property…

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Air Force changes name of MC-130J

Posted  March 22, 2012

Ashley M. Wright Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) ““ Officials announced a popular name change for the MC130J here March 9 that honors the Air Commando legacy and capitalizes on the versatility of the aircraft. “Air Force Special Operation…

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Health & Safety

Air Force changes fitness statements in performance reports policy

Posted  March 22, 2012

Revisions to the Air Force fitness program took effect July 1, 2010. These modifications, improvements and upgrades brought about some of the most significant changes to fitness standards in the last five years and shift a greater level of responsibility for maintaining year-round physical fitness to all Airmen.  The Air Force Fitness Program goal is…

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F-35 reaches critical juncture after strong year, official says

Posted  March 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program — the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance — made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said today. Frank Kendall, the acting undersecretary of defense…

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