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Drug testing: What’s fact or myth?

Posted June 18, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — For those who have donned a military service uniform, most have heard the myths and urban legends that surround random drug testing, with the biggest question being “Is it really random?” With facts received from the 56th Fighter Wing Drug Demand Reduction, this article presents the truth about the…

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Critical days of summer upon us

Posted June 11, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Cropland

  LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — With the beginning of the Critical Days of Summer, we are reminded to make safe decisions this summer. “The Air Force has been focused on additional mishap vulnerabilities during the summer months since 1964,” said Col. James Fisher, Air and Education Training Command director of safety. “We recognize the summer…

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Summer safety begins with risk management

Posted May 28, 2015 by Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Increased travel and leisure activities go hand in hand with the summer months, and require increased emphasis on risk management, said Bill Parsons, the Air Force chief of ground safety While Airmen and their families make the most of recreational opportunities during the summer, the period between Memorial…

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AF phases in employees’ injury, illness comp portal

Posted May 28, 2015 by Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Air Force, in conjunction with other Defense Department services, is phasing in the use of the Employees’ Compensation Operations and Management Portal (ECOMP), which is intended to eventually replace the current system used to file injury and illness compensation claims. ECOMP is a free, Web-based portal for…

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Memorial Day weekend safety tips

Posted May 21, 2015 by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie

Memorial Day weekend is coming up, for most service members that means getting on the road and traveling for the first long weekend of the summer. During this holiday weekend more people will be traveling, which makes it important to drive safely. So here are some safety tips to help you and your families have…

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Peer-to-peer service aims to provide counseling support

Posted May 21, 2015 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON – Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises. Peer-to-peer support, which will be available through Military OneSource, will offer assistance from counselors who have at least a master’s degree…

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Honest answers to sexual assault myths

Posted May 14, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Gina Grosso

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to address three persistent myths regarding the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. These myths include a commander’s ability to start, stop or otherwise hinder a sexual assault investigation; what agencies can…

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Military spouse seeks donor for kidney transplant

Posted May 14, 2015 by Natalie Lakosil

Looking at Tawanna Clapp you wouldn’t guess that she spends 21 hours a week on dialysis. Tawanna was diagnosed with focal glomerulosclerosis, FSGS, in 1996 during a routine physical for college. According to the National Kidney Foundation, FSGS is a disease that “describes scarring in the kidney. “Glomerulosclerosis is not caused by a single disease….

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Enroll newborns in TRICARE within 60 days of birth

Posted May 14, 2015 by Master Sgt. Carolyn Stewart

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses. Members who want their…

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Tobacco-use AFI changes

Posted May 14, 2015 by Senior Airman Monet Villacorte 

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Air Force Instruction 40-102, Tobacco Free Living, was recently updated to give Airmen a simplified definition of what is defined as tobacco, as well as additional regulations for smoking in privately owned vehicles. According to the AFI, tobacco includes all products that may be configured to deliver nicotine, including but not…

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