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TRICARE Pharmacy Rules Changing for Maintenance, Brand-name Drugs

Posted August 24, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — TRICARE beneficiaries who take certain brand-name medications on a regular basis will be required to fill prescriptions at a military treatment facility or through a mail-in program beginning Oct. 1, a Defense Health Agency official said yesterday. George Jones, DHA’s pharmacy operations division chief, said the new policy does not apply to active-duty troops,…

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Paving the way for Battlefield Airmen

Posted August 19, 2015 by Volunteer in the Physical Fitness Tests and Standards Study

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — *Editors note-The following is a commentary by a female who completed a Physical Fitness Tests and Standards study at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The Airman was a volunteer in the fitness study, which supports the Air Force’s Women in Service Review. The study aims to scientifically establish occupationally-specific,…

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Bite down on summer tooth health

Posted August 19, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Ashley Stallworth

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — As you may know, during the summer it can be extremely hot.  We want to stay cool and keep hydrated; however, sometimes we can harm our teeth in the process. For example, chewing on ice or consuming sugary sports drinks can cause tooth damage. The American Dental Association recommends the following…

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Sun safety now pays dividend later

Posted August 18, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Having fun in the sun is great while at the the beach, river, hiking and other outdoor activities, but too much exposure and not enough protection can lead to sunburn. Sun damage can lead to skin cancer. “The sun can do a lot of damage to our skin, with most people…

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Keep motorcycle riding fun – keep it safe

Posted August 13, 2015 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Arizona — Many motorcyclists dream of riding during the summer, but without the right training it can quickly turn into a nightmare. “The cause of most motorcycle injuries we see are caused by lack of discipline,” said Staff Sgt. Jason De Jesus, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety technician. “Military riders receive more training…

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Ten surprising ways GPS improves your life

Posted August 13, 2015 by Raytheon Company Public Affairs

In the 20 years since the U.S. Air Force first developed the satellite-based Global Positioning System (better known as GPS), its use as a free public utility has skyrocketed. For most of us, “GPS” is that screen in our car or that app on our smartphone that helps calculate drive times, avoid traffic jams, locate…

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Comprehensive Airman Fitness on the go

Posted August 13, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Luke Hill

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS) — The Wingman Toolkit, an outreach and communication tool designed to ensure Airmen have quick and easy access to the latest Comprehensive Airman Fitness programs and resources, now has a mobile app available to download. The app provides resources to improve mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness, all at the touch…

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Certified to save lives

Posted August 6, 2015 by Airman First Class Cheyenne Morigeau 

Twenty-one U.S. Air Force Airmen graduated from a paramedic training course at the Pima Community College Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute July 31. The course is a four-month accelerated paramedic certification that is usually 10 months to complete and consists of classroom and field experience training created specifically for Airmen. This was the third…

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TRICARE Online and MiCare have similarities, differences

Posted August 6, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE Online and MiCare Secure Messaging may seem to offer the same services, but there are important differences to these software tools, which are designed to enhance access to care for all military beneficiaries. “Both programs are endorsed by the Military Heath System, and although they may seem very similar, in actuality…

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The new fight: Writing cyber into the science of war

Posted July 30, 2015 by Staff

Every year, the Aspen Security Forum brings together the top minds in defense, intelligence and homeland security. This year, more than ever, the conversation is turning to cybersecurity – protecting computer networks and everything attached to them. Cyber is constantly changing the way conflicts and combat unfold. Here, former U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Leigher offers insights…

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