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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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TRICARE to end walk-in admin services

Posted January 23, 2014 by Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON (AFNS) –TRICARE military health plan service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the U.S. on April 1, Pentagon officials said Jan. 13. While the 189 facilities will stop taking walk-ins, beneficiaries can accomplish any administrative task online or by phone, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren. TRICARE service centers overseas are not…

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Motorcycle safety makes new riders confident

Posted May 17, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin

In 2011, 15 Air Force members were involved in fatal motorcycle accidents. This year, D-M continues to take steps to help prevent incidents like this by providing the Motor Cycle Safety Basic Rider Course held here May 7-8. In the course, they learn the basics…

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DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. The app is called PE Coach; PE stands for “prolonged exposure.” Psychologists at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, and the VA National…

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Keeping ‘Safe-n-Sound’ this holiday season

Posted November 21, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

In preparation for the winter months and upcoming holidays, the Air Force has begun this year’s Holiday Winter Safety campaign, the theme of which is Safe-n-Sound, All Year Round. The campaign is slated to run from Nov. 16 through Jan. 2, 2013 and focuses on proper risk management during any and all activities this winter…

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Recognize and respond: steps to notice and prevent child abuse

Posted April 26, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  – Take a piece of paper. Crush it in your fist. Throw it to the ground. Scream at it. Release all your stresses of the day into that scrap of parchment. Now straighten it out. Obviously, you will still be able to see the wrinkles and the tears left from your…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook)
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Parents follow the yellow brick road to fitness

Posted August 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The Benko Fitness and Sports Center has a little something for all types of exercise enthusiasts. From bikers to runners, from swimmers to lifters, the gym offers equipment and facilities for a myriad of workouts. One group they cater to is parents. The Benko Fitness and Sports Center Munchkin Room is the only child-friendly area…

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey)
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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Giving blood on the flightline

Posted February 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class B. Chevalier

According to the American Red Cross website, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. The 355th Maintenance Group had the chance to help fill these donation needs while working on the flightline, Feb. 14. Master Sgt. Wayne Gibbs, 355th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft section chief, and Senior Master Sgt. Jackie Pryor-Walters, 355th Dental…

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D-M to host Blood Drive

Posted June 7, 2012 by Staff

The American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood. This is the lowest it has been in 7 years! The next Blood Drive is scheduled for June 20 at the Hope Chapel Annex from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Appointments are scheduled every fifteen minutes beginning at 8 a.m. The goal for this blood…

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