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Black eye event calls for compassion

Posted October 31, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – She walked into the honor guard training area that day, unsure of how her fellow guardsmen would react. The black eye she had was obvious, so she headed straight to her locker to hide the bruising. Others she encountered wouldn’t make eye-contact with her, even when speaking to her, and…

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Attention all Airmen: Sexual assault convictions are now published on-line

Posted October 31, 2013 by

As members of the Desert Lightning Team it is important that you are aware of the “back to basics” approach the Air Force has taken with regards to strategic communications and the on-going battle to combat sexual assault.  Beginning immediately, sexual assault convictions, and the perpetrators of these crimes will be published on-line.  You will…

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Students hold drive to save lives

Posted October 31, 2013 by Airman 1st Class C. Massey

The American Red Cross held a blood drive in the Sonoran Science Academy gym Oct. 24, 2013. The blood drive was hosted by the school’s National Honor Society in coordination with the ARC. The NHS members were contacted after they submitted a blood drive request to the ARC for a volunteer service project. “This was…

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AF holds sexual assault offenders accountable, convictions now online

Posted October 24, 2013 by Col. John J. Allen Jr.

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — You should know that the Air Force publishes sexual assault convictions online. Anyone can review more than 100 sexual assault convictions from across the Air Force, to include viewing them by base. After only few minutes reviewing these cases, you will see many are similar – they involve the…

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Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted October 17, 2013 by

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014,…

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Dietary supplement linked to hepatitis outbreak

Posted October 17, 2013 by Larine Barr

FALLS CHURCH, Va., – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers to stop using OxyElite Pro, a dietary supplement, because of suspected links to acute hepatitis. The FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Hawaii Department of Health are investigating reports of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii where 29 cases…

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Be more vigilant: Protect passwords, government systems

Posted October 10, 2013 by Brandice J. O’Brien

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.  – In an era when identities can be easily stolen and networks compromised, Air Force Sustainment Center officials are urging its network users to be more careful. By adhering to two requests, the number of attempted hacker intrusions and virus downloads can be drastically reduced. Officials stress that network users should…

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents…

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Flu defense takes seconds

Posted October 3, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  – If you want to avoid that aching, tired, runny nose, fever, sneezing and coughing period of misery, you can save yourself with just one quick jab of a needle. Flu season is here, and Air Force health officers say it’s time to get the shot. The seasonal flu vaccine for…

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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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