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Distance proves no barrier for concerned wingman

Posted January 23, 2014 by Karen Abeyasekere

RAF MILDENHALL, England (AFNS) — (Editor’s note: For privacy reasons, the name of the male Airman has been changed.) Previous experience working for a crisis prevention and intervention hotline helped an Airman from the 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron here, save another Airman’s life. Back in June 2013, Airman 1st Class Julia Cap, a geospatial…

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Driving drunk incurs a hefty price – literally

Posted May 17, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Kenneth W. Norman

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- It’s 2:15 a.m. and the bar just closed. An Airman and his wingmen stumble out to their vehicle. The designated driver tells the group he had a few beers, but he doesn’t feel drunk. They all pile into the vehicle and begin driving toward the base. As the driver messes with the radio, he misses a stop sign.

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NEW BOOSTER SEAT LAW Takes effect Aug. 2, 2012

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House Bill 2154 Section 1B states: The operator of a motor vehicle that is designed for carrying ten or fewer passengers, that is manufactured for the model year 1972 and thereafter and that is required to be equipped with an integrated lap and shoulder belt or a lap belt pursuant to the federal motor vehicle…

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Surviving the holidays with Commanders

Posted November 30, 2012 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

As physical training failures have been on the rise Air Force wide, several commanders on D-M took the opportunity to become better informed about the services provided to help their Airmen not only pass their PT tests but also improve their overall health. The Health and Wellness Center conducted a Commander’s 101/Surviving the Holidays health…

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Loving boyfriend or worst enemy?

Posted May 2, 2013 by Senior Airman Heather Hayward

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – Would you be strong enough to make it out alive? Staff Sgt. Evon Pretulak, 366th Fighter Wing Equal Opportunity director, was one of the lucky ones who did. There are many reasons to join the military; however, for most, falling victim to domestic violence isn’t one of them. Never thinking…

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Enlisted Airmen may be eligible for medical prep school

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) – Active-duty enlisted Airmen who qualify can now apply for a new pilot program designed to prepare them for medical school, but “intent to apply” emails must be submitted no later than Sept. 6, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 12. The Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program offers enlisted…

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AFI change simplifies fitness appeal process

Posted October 31, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen who fail their fitness assessment now may appeal to their wing commanders rather than submit an appeal to the Air Force Board for Corrections of Military Records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The appeal process change is one of several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2905,…

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Military saves week encourages fiscal fitness

Posted February 27, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Now in its eighth year of partnership with America Saves Week, the Defense Department’s Military Saves Week begins today to help service members achieve financial security, flexibility and confidence, a Pentagon official said in a telephone news conference here Feb. 24. The partnership initiatives continue to gain ground, with nearly 159,000 military members and…

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Intense preparation for severe weather

Posted June 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

In an emergency situation, agencies should have a plan in place to ensure that everyone gets to safety in a swift and orderly fashion. D-M held an emergency management exercise here May 17. The exercise focused on the base’s response to a natural disaster. “Our local area has a high Monsoon threat,” said 1st Lt….

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‘On house’ medical services not really free

Posted September 20, 2012 by Capt. James Schuhs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many times have you heard that those in the military receive “free” medical care? Well, it is free isn’t it? Not even close. In fact, every aspect of a person’s medical care has a cost. Each year the Defense Department spends more than $50 billion for medical care,…

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