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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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Distracted driving, the epidemic

Posted June 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

The human brain struggles to complete multiple tasks efficiently. Especially if they require a higher degree of focus at the same time, like driving and texting. Therefore, texting while driving can be an extremely dangerous combination. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes according to Distraction.gov. When people try to multitask, their…

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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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(U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. David Neve)
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In-place patient decontamination tent comes to Tucson Air Guard

Posted January 31, 2013 by 1st Lt. Angela Walz

Between Jan. 15-18, 13 Airmen total were trained by instructors from the National Guard Bureau at the 162nd Fighter Wing on the city’s newest asset – an in-place patient decontamination shelter for the effective decontamination of both ambulatory…

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The cost of medicine

Posted June 20, 2013 by 633rd Medical Operations Squadron

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  – Service members can save money by filling prescriptions at a local military treatment facility, while also saving the government a significant amount of money. According to statehealthfacts.org, an estimated 3.8 billion prescriptions were filled in the United States in 2011, costing Americans more than $271 billion. The total nears $300 billion…

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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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Give safe gifts this holiday season

Posted December 19, 2013 by Commentary by 355th Medical Group

The month of December is observed as “Safe Toys and Gifts Month,” as a means of alerting parents to be careful when making toy and gift choices. According to cpsc.gov, toy-related deaths and injuries calendar year 2011, an estimate of 262,300 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2011. More than 70…

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April: National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Posted March 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

It’s been 40 years since former President Richard Nixon signed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Child abuse is still a major concern and, each year, the month of April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together and learning to…

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Be physically prepared for summer sports to prevent injury

Posted July 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Winter has ended and many people are headed outdoors to play their favorite sports, but couch potatoes beware. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for sport injuries. Children and adults should properly prepare and ease into summer sports such as basketball, track and field, football, golf or soccer to…

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