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30-Day Inspection ensures functionality, saves lives

Posted October 25, 2012 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

It takes an entire village to raise a child, and it takes an entire squadron to get an aircraft in the air, keep it there, and make sure the personnel on board are safe. The 563rd Operations Support Squadron is one such squadron, but there is more than just aircraft maintenance involved. There are also…

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TRICARE offers new prescription coverage to help kick tobacco

Posted April 12, 2013 by TRICARE Management Activity

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – TRICARE beneficiaries living in the U.S. now have a new weapon in their fight to kick the tobacco habit. Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. The medications are available to beneficiaries with a prescription who are 18 years or older, but not eligible for Medicare. Though a…

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Mobile app helps iPhone users ‘Be Ready’

Posted July 25, 2013 by John Burt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, is now available for download on most Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Previously offered for Motorola Android products only, this app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division, as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource. “This app provides…

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted October 10, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents…

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Detecting spice: research continues at the Academy

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amy Gillentine

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The Navy has a promotional campaign warning against spice; the Army has allowed commanders to order mandatory drug-testing for the first time; and Airmen at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory are working to find ways to detect the substance in service members. Spice is a synthetic compound created…

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DOD releases figures on sexual harassment in military

Posted May 22, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report today that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year. The congressionally mandated report defines sexual harassment as an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or…

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Colonel encourages ‘caged’ drivers to watch out for bikers

Posted June 1, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON — Col. Dana Morel knows the dangers of motorcycle riding as well as anyone. A biker herself, Morel was a lieutenant at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., in 1986 when a young airman she knew with the base honor guard took off…

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I’ve been profiled, now what

Posted August 23, 2012 by 99th Medical Group

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Getting a profile exempting a person from one or more part of the fitness assessment is different than a profile that limits a person from doing certain things at work, and knowing the difference in the process can save service members unnecessary aggravation down the road. A profile, or…

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EFMP offers help to special needs family members

Posted December 21, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center on D-M offers families many opportunities to connect with other families around the base. The Exceptional Family Member Program offers families with special needs a way to get the help and support they need. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program administered by the medical community by all the…

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Pediatric patients eligible for messaging health application

Posted May 16, 2013 by Col. Gwen Johnson

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS)  – The Air Force Medical Service is now registering children in its web-based secure messaging health application, MiCare. MiCare allows beneficiaries to communicate securely and privately with their health care teams anywhere and anytime. The secure tool is now available to more than 70 percent of Air Force bases, with the…

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