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355th FSS to hold Attack Fitness Competition

Posted September 26, 2013 by Senior Airman Camilla Elizeu

The 355th Force Support Squadron will be holding the Attack Fitness Competition at 8 a.m. until noon at the Haeffner Gym, Sept. 27. This event is open to anyone with gym access, whether military or dependents, but is limited to 15 men and 15 women. There will be four required workouts that each competitor must…

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Random Anti-Terrorism Measures come to D-M

Posted September 26, 2013 by Senior Airmen Camilla Elizeu

What do you do if you see suspicious activity or packages? Miguel Mendez, 355th Fighter Wing Anti-Terrorism Officer, is putting the Desert Lightning Team to the test with a program called Random Anti-Terrorism Measures. RAMs are just that, random inspections of various facilities from the anti-terrorism perspective and are designed to increase base personnel’s vigilance…

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Pharmacy home delivery cost-efficient, safe

Posted September 19, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFPS) — Following an almost year-long study of the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program requested by members of Congress, the Defense Department inspector general’s office has determined it is a cost-efficient way for beneficiaries to get their prescription medications, TRICARE Management Activity officials reported. The inspector general’s study found that the Home…

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Responder demystifies calling military crisis line for help

Posted September 19, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — When someone is in crisis and feeling despondent, reaching out for help is a stronger step to take than doing nothing, which can lead to a worsening state, a Military Crisis Line responder told American Forces Press Service Sept. 9. Tricia Lucchesi said she encourages service members, families, veterans and friends to…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Courtney Richardson)
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Blocks to build on: The physical pillar

Posted September 19, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Physical fitness is a staple in the Air Force. Units hold physical training sessions, the fitness centers offer free PT classes and Airmen receive a routine PT test. The physical pillar of CAF has multi-faceted benefits. According to a U.S. News article, running can reverse the detrimental effects of stress because it causes the brain…

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Avoiding hemp seed in food Airman’s responsibility

Posted September 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — It has become increasingly important for Airmen to read the labels of products they consume to ensure there is no damage to their career due to traces of hemp seeds and its derivatives being ingested from their day-to-day consumer products. Consumption of a yogurt brand directly violates the Air Force’s prohibition…

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Health care professionals recommend flu shots

Posted September 15, 2013 by Robert Goetz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Autumn is just a few weeks away, the time of year when oppressive summer heat gives way to cooler weather. It’s also the time of year when flu activity begins, reaching its peak in January or February, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, people need not suffer…

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Power surge: Why energy drinks are too much

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class A. Harvill

FORT EUSTIS, Va., — Service members who rely on stimulant-cocktail energy drinks to keep alert on duty increase their risk for significant, lifelong health issues, say research scientists. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 45 percent of Service members downrange use energy drinks to stay awake. There are other ways to stay alert without reliance…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Timothy Moore)
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Blocks to build on: The social pillar

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

You’ve had a day for the record books. Not even 15 minutes into the work day you receive a verbal counseling from your supervisor, after which you are so preoccupied you realize you’re running late to a dental appointment.

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New bone marrow clinic opens at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center took a step forward in the assistance of bone marrow treatments across the world by opening a bone marrow clinic. Of the 30,000 people in need of a bone marrow transplant each year, 500 are Department of Defense members. “By establishing the program here,…

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