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Local Briefs May 15, 2015

Posted May 14, 2015 by

Society of Military Widows to meet May 16, noon – Mirage Club The ladies of the Society of Military Widows will have their monthly meeting and luncheon at noon, Saturday, May16 at the Mirage club at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. For reservations and information, please call Kay Spargur (520)574-6628. NARFE Chapter 1874 to meet…

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Holocaust Day of Remembrance

Posted May 14, 2015 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Lilly Brull, Holocaust survivor, is presented with a memento of appreciation from Col. James Meger, 355th Fighter Wing commander, during the Holocaust Day of Remembrance at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, May 7. The memento was created from aircraft aluminum and shaped like a butterfly to represent freedom and hope. Nine candles burn for the Holocaust…

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Health & Safety

Honest answers to sexual assault myths

Posted May 14, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. These myths include a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; what agencies can…

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Beneficiaries have increased access to behavioral health services

Posted May 14, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Airmen, veterans and family members seeking care for a variety of mental health and medical conditions have direct access to care from their primary care clinic. The support is available through the Air Force’s Behavioral Health Optimization Program (BHOP), a consultation service within primary care designed to target any issue…

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Health & Safety

Military spouse seeks donor for kidney transplant

Posted May 14, 2015 by Natalie Lakosil

Looking at Tawanna Clapp you wouldn’t guess that she spends 21 hours a week on dialysis. Tawanna was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, in 1996 during a routine physical for college. According to the National Kidney Foundation, FSGS is a disease that “describes scarring in the kidney. “Glomerulosclerosis is not caused by a single disease….

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AFOQT scores updated as AF implements new test, form

Posted May 14, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen who took Form S of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test may see their test scores updated on May 22, when the Air Force converts scores to the new Form T metric, officials said May 12. According to Dr. Lisa Hughes, the Air Force Personnel Assessment chief,…

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Health & Safety

Enroll newborns in TRICARE within 60 days of birth

Posted May 14, 2015 by Master Sgt. Carolyn Stewart

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses. Members who want their…

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Air Force recognizes nurses and medical technicians

Posted May 14, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Michael Cossaboom

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C.  — Running from May 6-12, nurses and medical technicians throughout the Air Force were recognized for the care they provide to Service members and their families. The theme of the week “Ethical Practice and Quality Care,” serves as a platform to celebrate the ways nurses and medical technicians provide safe, efficient, and…

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At 94, Grandmother stays on duty for Soldiers and Airmen

Posted May 14, 2015 by

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD – At 94 years old, Julia Santiago is still young at heart. And, she says, a big part of her youthful spirit is her part-time job at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, her employer for the last 44 years. “I don’t plan to slow down. I’m very satisfied,” said Santiago, who has two…

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Health & Safety

Tobacco-use AFI changes

Posted May 14, 2015 by Senior Airman Monet Villacorte 

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Free Living, was recently updated to give Airmen a simplified definition of what is defined as tobacco, as well as additional regulations for smoking in privately owned vehicles. According to the AFI, tobacco includes all products that may be configured to deliver nicotine, including but not…

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