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‘Final Rule’ offers broader mental health care coverage

Posted July 24, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today. In an interview with DoD News, Dr. John Davison, DHA’s behavioral health branch chief, said the so-called “Final Rule,” published yesterday, will go into effect…

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Early HPV vaccination protects those at risk

Posted October 23, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON – Immunization at a young age against the human papilloma virus can protect those who are typically infected in the United States –- military- or college-age young adults –- from a range of cancers as adults, an expert from the Defense Health Agency said today. Air Force…

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Officials explain new sexual assault policies

Posted April 26, 2012 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – Senior Defense Department officials said they hope more service members who are victims of sexual assault report the crimes as a result of a policy change Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced last week. Panetta issued guidance April 20 withholding “initial disposition authority” from any officer who is below the O-6 — colonel…

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DOD leads drive toward healthier lifestyles

Posted July 19, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON – The Defense Department is taking a leading role in a governmentwide effort to stop the nation’s obesity problem, Barbara Thompson, the director of DOD’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, said. DOD is one of 17 federal departments and agencies working together to identify opportunities for promoting healthy living as part of the…

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D-M continues to save energy

Posted October 25, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

The D-M Energy Team has a knack for producing great ideas for the future of D-M. They also have a talent for coming up with ideas that save money for the base. Before upgrades, Davis-Monthan used up to $7.8 million a year on utilities. The Energy Team is looking to bring it down even more…

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Anonymous crime tips possible with mobile app

Posted April 5, 2013 by

QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air…

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Pilot program enhances Autism care, treatment

Posted July 25, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, a senior DOD official said. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity met with reporters yesterday to…

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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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Join the Super Smile Team

Posted February 13, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Tamara Hennis, RDH

The month of February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.  This year’s slogan is “Join the Super Smile Team!” Every year thousands of dedicated dental professionals promote good oral health and healthy eating habits to our children.  The 355th Dental Squadron is no exception. Each year, we reach out to our community to educate children on…

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Anti-terrorism/Force Protection travel safety tips

Posted May 15, 2014 by

1. The Back Glance Get in the habit of looking back when you get up to leave somewhere. Travel is very distracting and you are probably carrying more things than what you are accustomed to at home. You’re more likely to leave a jacket or journal at that local bus top, coffee place table where…

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