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Safe HelpRoom: new support avenue for sexual assault victims

Posted August 8, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Ashley J. Thum

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Sexual assault victims now have a way to network with other survivors from the privacy of their own homes, thanks to the launch of a DoD chat service called Safe HelpRoom. Part of the Department of Defense’s ongoing fight against sexual assault among the ranks of service members and DOD civilians,…

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Most TRICARE beneficiaries meet ACA coverage requirements

Posted October 17, 2013 by

The Affordable Care Act, also known as the health care law, was created to expand access to affordable health care coverage, lower costs, and improve quality and care coordination for all Americans. Under the health care law, people will have health coverage that meets a minimum standard (called “minimum essential coverage”) by January 1, 2014,…

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ANG immunization expert says flu shot still vital

Posted February 20, 2014 by Airman Halley Burgess

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. (AFNS) — It’s deep into flu season, and public health officials continue to work to spread the word about the importance of getting the flu shot, especially in light of a recent increase in a particularly severe flu strain affecting young adults. A recent World Health Organization advisory indicated that flu…

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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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Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

Posted September 5, 2014 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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Resiliency in numbers

Posted December 4, 2014 by Dianne Moffett

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Most Airmen have probably heard the expression “there’s strength in numbers.” Most Airmen have also probably heard of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness. When it comes to building resiliency, the two are not unrelated. The four domains of comprehensive fitness are mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness, which enhance resilience…

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Annual 101 Critical Days of Summer Campaign

Posted June 1, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Camilla A. Griffin

This year, the 355th Fighter Wing Safety Office is throwing together the annual 101 Critical Days of Summer campaign at the Mirage Club on May 24 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 101 Critical days of summer officially started May 25 and ends Sept. 4. “Our goal for this campaign is to reduce or…

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West Nile Virus prevention

Posted August 29, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In the peak of summer dealing with itchy mosquito bites can be irritating, but getting bit by a mosquito with West Nile Virus can cause more than temporary irritation. It can be life-threatening. As of Tuesday, Arizona has had seven cases of the disease that involved the nervous system…

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AF to provide dedicated legal counsel to sexual assault victims

Posted January 11, 2013 by Rich Lamance

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — A new Air Force pilot program designed to provide legal assistance to victims of sexual assault will begin later this month. The Special Victims’ Counsel Program will give sexual assault victims legal assistance and help them navigate the criminal justice system with lawyers trained to handle their unique needs. “It takes a…

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Shifty supplements: dangers of dietary aids

Posted May 24, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Austin Harvill

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — With summer on the horizon, everyone is looking to get that perfect beach body. For many of us, reaching that goal means hitting the gym, eating better and eventually fitting into the bikini or trunks gathering dust in the closet. While those goals to become more physically fit are admirable, service members…

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