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Black eye event calls for compassion

Posted October 31, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — She walked into the honor guard training area that day, unsure of how her fellow guardsmen would react. The black eye she had was obvious, so she headed straight to her locker to hide the bruising. Others she encountered wouldn’t make eye-contact with her, even when speaking to her, and…

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Simple tips Airmen should ‘take to heart’

Posted February 27, 2014 by Senior Airman Zachary Vucic

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) — February is designated American Heart Month with the mission to increase awareness about heart health, a growing problem within the Air Force, according to a cardiology consultant to the Air Force surgeon general. Lt. Col. Samuel O. Jones said that in the medical community, heart issues are no…

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Summer grilling safety tips

Posted June 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AFB, Va. —  Good food and great conversation are staples of a summer barbeque, but before firing up the grill Airmen and their families should be aware of some proper grilling techniques to help prevent their summer days from going up in flames. According to the National Fire Protection Association in 2007-2011, U.S. fire…

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Your benefits: TRICARE standards and access to care

Posted September 5, 2014 by

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made…

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“If you can’t see ‘em… “

Posted June 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Camilla A Griffin

Airmen from the 355th Medical Group Aerospace Medicine Squadron optometry clinic help keep Desert Lightning Team members’ eyes on the prize, at home and downrange. “Optometry technicians generally don’t deploy in their career field, unless you have the ophthalmology...

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‘Be Ready’ during National Preparedness Month, year round

Posted September 13, 2012 by John Burt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) — With September designated as National Preparedness Month, Air Force Emergency Management experts are emphasizing the tools available to help Airmen and their families “Be Ready.” National Preparedness Month is an annual campaign to raise awareness on the importance of disaster preparedness. The event was instituted by the Federal…

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Well-Baby doctor visits: why they’re so important

Posted January 24, 2013 by Shari Lopatin

You’ve missed your baby’s scheduled well-baby doctor exam; should you be concerned? Your baby isn’t sick, so it’s not that important … is it? Because babies grow so quickly, regular well-baby doctor visits help keep them happy and healthy. Wellness visits start two days after discharge from the hospital and should continue on the following…

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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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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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TRICARE makes online customer service easier

Posted December 12, 2013 by from TRICARE

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — TRICARE implemented an easier way to access customer service features under the “I want to” section of the www.tricare.mil homepage, which began Dec. 1. TRICARE brings together the healthcare resources of each of the military services and supplements them with networks of civilian health care professionals to provide better access and high…

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