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Suicide prevention month: stopping suicide is everyone’s battle

Posted September 8, 2017 by Peter Holstein

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time for Americans to build awareness and help understand suicide in our culture. More than 40,000 Americans lose their life due to suicide each year and research shows that rates in the military and the general population are very close. The loss of any one person to suicide is…

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DUI wrought with hidden costs, pain

Posted August 4, 2017 by Story and photo by Airman 1st Class LAUREN SPRUNK

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Airman A epitomized what every stellar Airman should be. He passed every test with flying colors, volunteered during his free time, and went above and beyond during his everyday job. He had just received Senior Airman Below-the-Zone, a promotion given six months early, and went out to celebrate. Before…

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New annual Mental Health Assessment requirement begins July 31

Posted July 24, 2017 by Peter Holstein

Starting July 31, 2017, Airmen undergoing their annual Periodic Health Assessment may notice something new. A Mental Health Assessment will now be part of every annual PHA, to help ensure that Airmen suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues are referred to the necessary care. Mental health issues are a serious problem for U.S. Armed Forces…

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355th Medical Group: Summer access to care

Posted July 12, 2017 by

You may have noticed the decrease in medical appointment availability at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The 355th Medical Group has been experiencing a significant provider manning shortage in recent months, decreasing the supply of our Primary Care Manager appointments. The manpower shortage is due to permanent change of stations, separations, and hard to fill…

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SERE meets SPEAR: Specialists convene for unique combative course

Posted May 15, 2017 by Senior Airman Chris Drzazgowski

Self-defense is a major component of support provided by Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists to troops who have a high risk of isolation in theater, such as downed-pilots and operators.

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TRICARE changes to Nexium coverage

Posted May 8, 2017 by

Starting June 28, 2017, the drug Nexium will no longer be a TRICARE preferred, or formulary, drug. This means it will no longer be available in military pharmacies, and you will pay more if you get it through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or a retail network pharmacy. Nexium is a brand name prescription drug often…

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Army nurse gains insight on cancer battle

Posted May 5, 2017 by Story and photo by Marcy Sanchez

FORT BLISS, Texas — Army Capt. Kelly Elmlinger, a military nurse and cancer survivor, shared a story of resilience and recovery April 6 during her battle with cancer with William Beaumont Army Medical Center nurses. Elmlinger said she was always athletic. She participated in various high school sports and was even awarded a scholarship based…

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Overcoming the shadow of death: An Airman’s fight against depression

Posted March 24, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Joshua Magbanua

Air Force photograph Staff Sgt. Srun Sookmeewiriya, 313th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of reports, holds up a picture of him and his younger brother, Thana, on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 16, 2017. Sookmeewiriya, who attempted to commit suicide twice, draws inspiration from his brother to remain resilient and encourages Airmen to…

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Early prevention leads to lifetime of smiles

Posted February 3, 2017 by

Every February, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month. The aim of Children’s Dental Health Month is to raise awareness about the importance of oral health for children. Developing good dental hygiene habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of…

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Protect those pearly whites

Posted February 3, 2017 by by Senior Airman David Evans

Sports activities are a common hobby that many Airmen enjoy. Unfortunately, many sports carry some risk of injury. A commonly overlooked area prone to injury is the mouth, including the teeth and gums. Basketball, for instance, is fun until a stray pass hits a player in the face leaving one less tooth with which to…

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