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Desert medic chosen for commissioning program

Posted July 5, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christine Griffiths Tech. Sgt. Pamela Jirsa, 355th Medical Operations Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of the orthopedic clinic, applies a cast to a patients arm at the 355th Medical Group. Jirsa was accepted into the Nursing Enlisted Commissioning Program for the year of 2013. Not everyone gets to…

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Protect your children from UV rays

Posted June 27, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Timothy Young

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The desert sun can be dangerous to anyone within its reach, but children’s skin is more vulnerable to harmful ultraviolet rays than the average adult. “Children, and particularly infants, have a thinner outer skin layer than adults which can lead to increased absorption of harmful UV rays from the sun,” said…

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Summer blood donation campaign kicks off July 1

Posted June 27, 2013 by Jessica Pellegrini

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Armed Services Blood Program is launching its summer donation drive next week. “Our summer campaign this year is a service-specific campaign,” said Julie Oliveri, ASBP’s communications and marketing director.

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Alcohol increases chances of injury during critical days

Posted June 20, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.  — Summertime is almost here. The smell of barbecue is in the air. Children are out of school, and it’s the perfect time to plan a getaway. Summer is all about having fun, and throwing back a few cold ones is a common way to beat the heat. The Critical Days…

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Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted June 20, 2013 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm.

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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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D-M OSI Agent saves drowning child

Posted June 13, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

Special Agent Christopher Martin, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 217, saved an eight-year-old boy from drowning at a youth football team pool party in Marana, Ariz., June 2. Martin was poolside talking with his wife and daughter, scanning the pool for his other children, when he noticed something was motionless under the water….

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101 Critical Days of Summer kicks of season of safety

Posted May 30, 2013 by Airman 1st Class R. Alex Durbin

FORT EUSTIS, Va.  — With summer almost here, it will soon be time to uncover boats, dust off motorcycles, take a dip in the pool, go for a hike or just lie in the sun enjoying the outdoors with the smell of barbeque in the air. Unfortunately these beautiful summer days come with increased hazards and…

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D-M completes Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week

Posted May 30, 2013 by Vincent Howard

D-M concluded its quarterly Comprehensive Airman Fitness Week on May 23. The week’s activities were focused on highlighting safety, resiliency and the social pillar of CAF and started with a wing run, followed by a wingman scavenger hunt where teams of four had to work together to find information and objects related to CAF’s social…

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Live to ride, ride to live another day

Posted May 30, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) —  Some memories are Kodak moments – the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life’s darker side. One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson. On a beautiful,…

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