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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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Take Command: Changes to TRICARE disenrollment coming in 2018

Posted October 30, 2017 by

As part of the changes coming to TRICARE on Jan. 1, 2018, there will be new rules affecting disenrollment. Beginning in 2018, if you’re eligible for TRICARE and enrolled in a health plan, there are three ways you can be disenrolled: * If you no longer wish to continue TRICARE coverage, you can voluntarily disenroll. * If…

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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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Indirect child abuse common

Posted April 6, 2018 by by JAMES YANG-HELLEWELL

I hear couples claim their chronic arguing, and even occasional throwing of objects or physical altercations, do not affect their children. They assert the children are not usually in the room, or they make a deliberate effort to remove the children from the scene. Unfortunately there is plenty of research claiming this opinion to be…

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Have fun, be safe this Halloween

Posted October 28, 2015 by Matthew Rosenbaum

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  — When I was a kid, my favorite character and what I dressed up as for Halloween was this homemade Godzilla costume my mom made.  It wasn’t anything extraordinary as the costumes in today’s world are, but I was a huge Godzilla fan and it was something “unique” in my small town…

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Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force

Posted August 2, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals, communities and specific populations to help groups reduce their risk…

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PTSD Awareness leads to positive treatment

Posted June 29, 2016 by J.D. Levite

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time. Maj. Joel Foster, Chief of Air Force Deployment Mental Health, said treating PTSD has improved dramatically in the last 20 years. “Twenty…

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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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The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

Posted December 30, 2016 by Yolanda R. Arrington

We've all seen them before: the cans, small shots and uniquely packaged drinks that promise to give you an energy boost during the most important parts of your day.

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SERE teaches SPEAR: Airmen learn primal defense tactics

Posted October 6, 2017 by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer

For the first time since learning the course themselves, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape specialists hosted a two-hour-long introductory course in the combative system of Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Sept. 28.

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