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Assistance program provides GS employees counseling, more

Posted May 7, 2015 by Joanne Perkins

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Personal and family problems can diminish a person’s happiness, health and ability to be their best at home or at work. With help from the Employee Assistance Program, employees of authorized federal agencies can resolve these matters and become happier, healthier and more effective. According to Ed Thomas,…

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Love thy feet

Posted May 7, 2015 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland 

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, AZ — The human foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments that make up the load-bearing structure at the base of a human leg. At one time, humans walked with their bare feet across the terrain, toughening the soles of their feet to become like hides…

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ACC suffers six motorcycle fatalities before summer hits

Posted May 7, 2015 by Capt. Erin Dorrance

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS,Va. — Air Combat Command has suffered six motorcycle fatalities this fiscal year, which is well past the one motorcycle fatality in fiscal year 2014. This spike in fatalities is alarming because summer, which is when motorcycle traffic surges, has not begun yet. One of the motorcycle fatalities was a qualified motorcycle instructor who was…

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Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

Posted April 30, 2015 by Dave Smith

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Health, fitness and energy are important considerations for all Airmen, but when does pursuing them result in potential and real problems? Supplements, health foods and energy drinks may be popular and even come with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that doesn’t ensure compliance with current…

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General Courts-Martial for Sexual Assault: How do they work?

Posted April 30, 2015 by Maj. Derek Rowe

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — Support for military sexual assault victims and the number of reported offenses have increased in recent years resulting in more investigations and courts-martial involving sexual assault charges. This article describes the general court-martial process and some of the unique aspects with regards to sexual assault cases. One distinct aspect of…

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TRICARE beneficiaries being targeted by call centers

Posted April 23, 2015 by Defense Health Agency

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Defense Health Agency, Office of Program Integrity (DHA-PI) has received a significant number of concerns from our TRICARE beneficiaries regarding unsolicited contact from call centers encouraging them to provide personally identifiable and health information. According to sources, the call center will normally cold call and say, “I am a representative…

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More than meets the eye

Posted April 16, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Smith

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have lasting effects on a person’s well-being. There are four types of abuse, explained Kristina Holubar, 366th Medical Group…

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Reminder to Airmen: Avoid hemp seed products

Posted April 16, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Air Force drug testing officials have long warned military members to avoid products that include hemp seed or hemp oil in order to ensure military readiness. In 2013, news reports on the Air Force’s prohibition of a popular yogurt brand spotlighted a regulation, in effect since the late 1990s. Military members were told to…

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AF’s updated policy further promotes tobacco-free environments

Posted April 9, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has led the military in advancing innovative tobacco control policies, such as the tobacco-free medical campus and prohibiting tobacco use outside “designated tobacco areas.” Now, an updated Air Force instruction, published in March, seeks to further reduce health impacts from smoking, the nation’s leading cause of death. “The Air Force is…

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Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility

Posted April 9, 2015 by Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff 

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we…

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