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You can prevent kitchen fires

Posted October 3, 2013 by 355 Civil Engineer Squadron

Your home should be a safe haven, but do you regularly check for fire hazards? The 2013 Fire Prevention Week campaign will run from 6-12 October and the theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires”. It is all about keeping you, your family, and the Desert Lightning community safe from a fire. Fire Prevention Week is actively…

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Josh Slavin)
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Desert Lightning Team fitness challenge

Posted January 23, 2014 by Senior Airman Josh slavin

Members of the Desert Lightning Team competed in a quarterly fitness challenge at the Haeffner fitness center, January 17. Nine contestants competed in a variety of exercises that tested both their endurance and strength. The quarterly competition was hosted by the CF Desert Lightning team. “The idea is to give people who are possibly interested…

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(U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)
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ERQS PJs honor fallen Airman with a fitness challenge memorial one year later

Posted April 24, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Members of the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) organized a “Memorial Mash,” in honor of U.S. Air Force pararescueman Chief Master Sgt. Nick McCaskill on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 6, 2014. The mash, a fitness challenge, marked the one year anniversary of McCaskill’s death in Afghanistan. More than 70 people, split into 18…

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Culture change: Aviation safety in healthcare

Posted August 7, 2014 by Senior Airman Tory Cusimano

Langley Air Force Base, Va.  — The Air Combat Command Surgeon General’s office pioneered a program bringing operational risk management and flight line safety procedures into hospitals and dental squadrons across the Air Force. Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, Air Combat Command Surgeon General and a team of ACC aerospace physiologists, well-versed in operational risk management…

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DoD urges flu shots to maintain unit health, readiness

Posted October 30, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON – Flu season is underway and the Defense Department is making sure service members get flu shots because the illness, often considered mild, has a significant potential to affect operational readiness in unvaccinated units, an expert from the Defense Health Agency said this week. Air Force Lt. Col. Amy Costello, a pediatrician who specializes…

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Arizona heat ushers in Critical Days of Summer

Posted May 10, 2012 by 1st Lt. Angela Walz

It wasn’t your ordinary safety briefing the Friday before drill weekend. There was laughter, a few snickers, then – applause. “Well done. This is the first time I’ve seen applause following a safety briefing,” said Colonel Mick McGuire, 162nd Fighter Wing commander here. He was addressing Lt. Col. Jeffrey Waterbury, the wing’s new safety officer…

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Don’t get carried away during monsoon season

Posted July 26, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

A monsoon can be described as a seasonal shift in the prevailing wind direction, that usually brings with it a different kind of weather. From the month of June all the way through September, known as monsoon season in Arizona, the “different kind of weather” is rain, and lots of it. In 2011, more than…

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Keep holiday weight off your plate

Posted November 16, 2012 by Lara H. Smith

Temps are dropping, holidays are approaching, stress levels are raising and, for many us, our weight starts increasing. In fact, the average American gains approximately two to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is it really a problem if a person gains one to two pounds during the holidays? According to TriWest Healthcare Alliance…

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New resources promote fitness culture

Posted April 18, 2013 by Gloria Kwizera

OINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas   – To help improve Total Force fitness levels, Air Force Personnel Center officials are fielding new fitness resources accessible online, in person or on DVD. These resources, including the Operational Fitness Program, Xtreme Wednesday Workouts, the Air Force Fitness DVDs and the Fitness on Request kiosks are available to all…

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TRICARE moves forward with Prime service area reductions

Posted August 15, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members. Those beneficiaries, who mostly reside more than 40 miles from a military clinic or hospital, received a letter earlier this year explaining their options. They will…

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