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Avoid online dangers, unfriendly users on social media

Posted February 19, 2015 by Air Force News Service

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The internet instantaneously allows you to reach out across the internet superhighway to share information or connect with loved ones.  Despite how innocuous this may seem, without taking the proper precautions, your personal information can inadvertently fall into the wrong hands. “You have to assume that everyone is looking at it,” said…

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Brush, floss, repeat daily for good dental health

Posted February 12, 2015 by Capt. Benjamin Werner

Each February, the American Dental Association, or ADA, sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Regular dental visits should happen every…

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Sexual assault rates decrease at military service academies

Posted February 12, 2015 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON – Rates of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies declined in 2014, according to a report released today by the Defense Department. The annual report on sexual harassment and violence at the military service academies estimates that overall rates decreased for both men and women, indicating that nearly 200 fewer sexual assaults…

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Prescription tracker gives vets online access to status

Posted February 5, 2015 by

Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy. The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of…

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“Super” Airman becomes professional bodybuilder

Posted February 5, 2015 by Samuel King Jr.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — After a heavy, weight workout, Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin walks over to a row of mirrors in the gym. He strikes a pose and flexes the muscles in his chest, arms and legs. He stares, then smiles at the reflection he sees. He continues in this manner for more than a…

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Airman leads way in combating sexual assault

Posted February 5, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Rape is a dirty word. But it’s not the word that is dirty, it’s the action. At a U.S. Air Force Warfare Center reporting unit, one Airman is going above and beyond to combat this violation to the Air Force, its Airmen and its mission. And the service’s leadership has taken…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 29, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter…

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Some temp, seasonal, interim workers eligible for health benefits

Posted January 29, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), said Office of Personnel Management officials. Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same…

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MLK Commemoration Tribute

Posted January 29, 2015 by

(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) David Bellamy, 355th Operations Support Squadron chief of plans, exercises and readiness, serves as guest speaker during the Martin Luther King Commemoration Tribute at Davis-Monthan, Jan. 22. After Bellamy’s speech, attendees watched a documentary based on the remembrance of the life and death of Dr….

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Legislation changes UCMJ for victims of sexual assault

Posted January 22, 2015 by David Vergun

WASHINGTON — The fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, signed into law last month, significantly changes the Uniform Code of Military Justice, known as UCMJ, in cases pertaining to rape and sexual assault. All of the UCMJ amendments contained in the NDAA pertain to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes and victim…

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