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Fuels Laboratory brings quality results

Posted June 28, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The workstation in the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Laboratory can put you in the mind of Frankenstein’s lab while he was creating his monster. It may not be as dark and shadowed, but its giant beakers, strange contraptions and air of mystic all point to brilliantly mad science. In reality, the mission of the…

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355th Dental Squadron

Posted October 11, 2012 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin)

The 355th Dental Squadron sees about seven thousand patients a year. They cover everything from annual dental exams to periodontal surgeries. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cami Richards, 355th Dental Squadron dental assistant, demonstrates the proper way to floss your teeth. The 355th Dental Squadron does everything from simple annual exams to periodontal surgery. Sergeant…

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Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

Posted March 7, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping,…

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Tips for the upcoming monsoon season

Posted July 11, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin

With the monsoon season fast approaching, members of the D-M community should be prepared for the rough weather. A monsoon consists of hard rain with hail, severe lightning, strong winds, and flashfloods. Tucson is expected to experience monsoons from June to September. “One of the main dangers of a monsoon is a flashflood which can…

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Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted October 3, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the…

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TRICARE to end walk-in admin services

Posted January 23, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the U.S. on April 1, Pentagon officials said Jan. 13. While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. TRICARE service centers overseas are not…

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Airman serves with pride, joins Air Force after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Posted May 1, 2014 by Nick DeCicco

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) —  Between sips of an iced coffee, Airman 1st Class Leslie Wilson, a 60th Dental Squadron dental technician here, talks about her life. She talks about her childhood in Tennessee, going to college on a soccer scholarship and following in her father’s footsteps by joining the military. However, she also discusses…

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Academy introduces computer network security major

Posted August 14, 2014 by Don Branum

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Even as the U.S. Air Force Academy has reduced the number of majors it offers recently, it has instituted a new program aimed at helping the Air Force fly, fight and win in cyberspace. The computer network security major touches on topics designed to help cadets understand what…

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Airman smoke free for two years

Posted November 7, 2014 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There’s a killer on the loose — tobacco. It entices many each day. More than 3,200 people smoke their first cigarette under the age of 18 each day, and about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers, according to BeTobaccoFree.gov. Tobacco also prematurely kills more than 10 times as many U.S….

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Motorcycle safety makes new riders confident

Posted May 17, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin

In 2011, 15 Air Force members were involved in fatal motorcycle accidents. This year, D-M continues to take steps to help prevent incidents like this by providing the Motor Cycle Safety Basic Rider Course held here May 7-8. In the course, they learn the basics…

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