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DOD releases figures on sexual harassment in military

Posted May 22, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report today that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year. The congressionally mandated report defines sexual harassment as an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or…

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15 seconds: A rude awakening

Posted August 21, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — Gut-wrenching screams, the shattering of glass, and the unforgettable sounds of metal twisting and bending all around me as my truck rolls over and over again. I thought those were going to be my last memories. April 12, 2012, started out like any other Thursday for me….

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Maintaining fitness standards during the holidays is important

Posted November 20, 2014 by 2nd Lt. Logan Fleming

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — During the holidays, going to the gym usually isn’t on the top of most peoples’ priority list. Priority is given to visiting families, planning vacations, and most important, indulging in holiday feasts. Going to the gym during the holidays can be more important than you think. Whether you are…

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Colonel encourages ‘caged’ drivers to watch out for bikers

Posted June 1, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON — Col. Dana Morel knows the dangers of motorcycle riding as well as anyone. A biker herself, Morel was a lieutenant at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., in 1986 when a young airman she knew with the base honor guard took off…

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I’ve been profiled, now what

Posted August 23, 2012 by 99th Medical Group

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Getting a profile exempting a person from one or more part of the fitness assessment is different than a profile that limits a person from doing certain things at work, and knowing the difference in the process can save service members unnecessary aggravation down the road. A profile, or…

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EFMP offers help to special needs family members

Posted December 21, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center on D-M offers families many opportunities to connect with other families around the base. The Exceptional Family Member Program offers families with special needs a way to get the help and support they need. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program administered by the medical community by all the…

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Pediatric patients eligible for messaging health application

Posted May 16, 2013 by Col. Gwen Johnson

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS)  — The Air Force Medical Service is now registering children in its web-based secure messaging health application, MiCare. MiCare allows beneficiaries to communicate securely and privately with their health care teams anywhere and anytime. The secure tool is now available to more than 70 percent of Air Force bases, with the…

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PT changes in 4 categories coming

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U.S. Air Force Photo by Lucas Silva Tech. Sgt. Casey J. McKinney, 65th Logistics Readiness Squadron refueling maintenance element, performs push ups during a physical training exercise, Lajes Field, Azores. McKinney scored 100 percent on his Air Force PT test. WAHINGTON — Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to…

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VA to offer dental insurance program

Posted November 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services…

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AF improves its personnel reliability program

Posted March 20, 2014 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia and Joel Fortner

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Changes are coming to the Air Force’s program used to ensure personnel who perform nuclear-related duties are of sound mind and body on the job. The decades-old Personnel Reliability Program, or PRP, is used by all branches of service with duties tied to nuclear weapons to ensure personnel are reliable to perform nuclear-related responsibilities,…

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