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TRICARE now provides breast pumps, lactation counseling

Posted July 30, 2015 by Airman First Class Cheyanne Morigeau 

Mothers that choose to breast feed their infants might be surprised to learn that TRICARE updated its coverage to include breast pumps and supplies as of July 1. TRICARE can aid expecting Desert Lightning Team mothers through the process to obtain a breast pump and supplies. There are multiple methods to receive a pump or…

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Airmen to keep focus on safety at home

Posted July 30, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — Airmen are constantly trained to be safe in everything while at work, but how safe are we when we arrive home? According to the National Safety Council, an estimated 93,200 unintentional injury-related deaths occur in the home and community. The top causes of injuries involve motor vehicles, poisoning, falls, choking, drowning,…

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Mental health: To go or not to go

Posted July 24, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

  CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada (AFNS) — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) The clinic buildings themselves aren’t scary, but add the words ‘mental health,’ and most people will avoid them like they contain tigers on the loose. That’s…

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PT exemptions for new AF mothers to increase

Posted July 16, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The six-month deferment for female Airmen to accomplish their fitness assessments following childbirth will be increased to 12 months to align with recent changes to the deployment deferments, Air Force officials announced July 14. The deployment deferment policy, as part of the Air Force’s 2015 Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, increases the deferment…

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Keeping Airmen healthy and informed through Operation Supplement Safety

Posted July 16, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — For peak performance, Airmen should eat healthy and exercise regularly. But in the quest to gain an “edge,” many Airmen resort to dietary supplements. Enter Operation Supplement Safety, or OPSS. This Defense Department educational campaign, accessible at www.hprc-online.org/opss, educates the warfighter and healthcare provider on responsible dietary supplement use. While some supplements, such as…

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Always take children, pets, elderly when leaving vehicle

Posted July 16, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley

The thought of leaving a child in the car during the summer might seem impossible, but it happens. A variety of things including changes in routine for families or just being a new parent can lead to forgetting a child who is fast asleep in the back seat of a car. In some cases it…

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Surviving the Heat

Posted July 9, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Ashley N. Steffen 

Asphalt hot enough to fry an egg, winds that feel like a million blow-dryers, and sun baking your skin to the color of lobster red, welcome to another summer in Tucson, Arizona. There are a variety of dangers associated with the rise in temperature that should not go overlooked. When the weather warms up, people…

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Giving life through the Living Donor Program

Posted July 1, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

  As Airmen, it is our responsibility to help each other, as well as our civilian counterparts from day to day. But what if the need was greater than something as simple as a ride to work? What if it was as great as a kidney donation? Located in Sacramento, Calif., The University of California…

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Spiritual doctors support Airmen

Posted July 1, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Kathleen D. Bryant

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.  — They don’t work in hospitals, wear lab coats or fix broken bones but they can heal hidden wounds. Some people may refer to them as pastors, while others consider them counselors. But these spiritual doctors are known to the military as chaplains. Chaplains work 24/7 to help members cope…

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Don’t throw a fit — get fit

Posted June 25, 2015 by SrA. GRACE LEE

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA — It’s a controversial topic that has been brought up by many Airmen — changing the abdominal circumference standards on the Air Force fitness assessment test. After months of debate, it was decided by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III that the standards will stay the same….

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