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Prescription tracker gives vets online access to status

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Veterans can now track the status of most of their prescriptions online, thanks to an innovative idea by a Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) employee. The new 24/7 service allows online tracking for most prescriptions mailed from the VA Mail Order Pharmacy. The Prescription Tracker was recommended by VA employee Kenneth Siehr, a winner of…

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“Super” Airman becomes professional bodybuilder

Posted February 5, 2015 by Samuel King Jr.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — After a heavy, weight workout, Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin walks over to a row of mirrors in the gym. He strikes a pose and flexes the muscles in his chest, arms and legs. He stares, then smiles at the reflection he sees. He continues in this manner for more than a…

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Airman leads way in combating sexual assault

Posted February 5, 2015 by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Rape is a dirty word. But it’s not the word that is dirty, it’s the action. At a U.S. Air Force Warfare Center reporting unit, one Airman is going above and beyond to combat this violation to the Air Force, its Airmen and its mission. And the service’s leadership has taken…

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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 29, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter…

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Some temp, seasonal, interim workers eligible for health benefits

Posted January 29, 2015 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Some temporary, seasonal and intermittent employees are now eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program (FEHB), said Office of Personnel Management officials. Temporary, seasonal or intermittent employees who anticipate working 130 or more hours per month for 90 consecutive days are now eligible to receive the same…

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MLK Commemoration Tribute

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey) David Bellamy, 355th Operations Support Squadron chief of plans, exercises and readiness, serves as guest speaker during the Martin Luther King Commemoration Tribute at Davis-Monthan, Jan. 22. After Bellamy’s speech, attendees watched a documentary based on the remembrance of the life and death of Dr….

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Legislation changes UCMJ for victims of sexual assault

Posted January 22, 2015 by David Vergun

WASHINGTON — The fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, signed into law last month, significantly changes the Uniform Code of Military Justice, known as UCMJ, in cases pertaining to rape and sexual assault. All of the UCMJ amendments contained in the NDAA pertain to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault crimes and victim…

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Airmen get a refresher on water survival training

Posted January 15, 2015 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)

Airmen backstroke as a unit during a water survival training refresher course. The group activity focused on getting aircrew members accustomed to working together while in water so they are able to preserve energy in the event of a ditched aircraft. Staff Sgt. Whitni Levering, 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron airborne linguist, is dragged through the…

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Want to quit smoking? Here’s how

Posted January 8, 2015 by Stuart Bapties

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — By using the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, all federal employees and retirees – as well as their spouses and dependents – have full access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatments at no out-of-pocket cost. FEHB covers an estimated 8 million people, including 2.2 million active federal employees, 1.9 million retirees,…

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AF government travel cards receive tech upgrade

Posted January 8, 2015 by Air Force Public Affairs Agency, Operating Location – P

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Beginning this month, Citibank is issuing chip and PIN-enabled government travel cards (GTC) to new card applicants, individuals whose cards will expire in 2015 and individuals who have reported lost or stolen cards. This is the first phase in a multi-phased rollout, which will enhance the security and convenience of government travel…

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