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Fighting prejudice with a passion

Posted June 26, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series on AF.mil. These stories focus on a single Airman, highlighting their Air Force story.) An equal opportunity specialist, a sexual assault response coordinator and a deputy inspector general walk into a base social event. What sounds like the beginning…

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Heat illness a summer threat to the uninitiated

Posted June 26, 2014 by Senior Airman Jason Colbert

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — For Airmen living in Arizona, being told that “the summer is hot here” is akin to being told “the water is wet.” It’s a no-brainer. But ask these same Airmen what injuries can come from the summer heat and many of them may shrug or give the “deer in…

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Old drug, new promise for PTSD nightmares

Posted June 19, 2014 by Christine Creenan-Jones

BETHESDA, Md. — Every day, thousands of American service members relive the trauma of war in their sleep. They hear explosions, see the carnage of battle erupt around them and feel the crushing weight of a painful combat memory resurface in their dreams. Unfortunately, frequent nightmares are common among service members with post-traumatic stress disorder….

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Official explains changing health care providers

Posted June 19, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday. In a DOD News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their families to know there are several easy options to find new…

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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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Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted June 12, 2014 by Capt. William Catt

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted June 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a…

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Davis-Monthan holds Social Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day

Posted June 5, 2014 by Air Force Photos by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie, Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau, Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

Airmen eat pancakes during a Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day here June 2. This quarter’s CAF Day was focused on improving Airmen readiness by solidifying the social pillar of CAF. Desert Lightning Team members depart from Heritage Park during the motorcycle mentorship ride. The social pillar of CAF encourages developing and maintaining trusted, valued friendships that…

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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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Avoid being stranded with these vehicle maintenance tips

Posted June 5, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

With temperatures hovering in the triple digits, it is increasingly important to check the operational status of your vehicle. This includes checking fluids and drive belts. Ensuring you have a safe amount of motor oil in your engine should be your first priority. Motor oil can thin out and break down faster in hot climates…

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