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Live to ride, ride to live another day

Posted May 30, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) —  Some memories are Kodak moments – the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life’s darker side. One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson. On a beautiful,…

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Power surge: Why energy drinks are too much

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class A. Harvill

FORT EUSTIS, Va., — Service members who rely on stimulant-cocktail energy drinks to keep alert on duty increase their risk for significant, lifelong health issues, say research scientists. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 45 percent of Service members downrange use energy drinks to stay awake. There are other ways to stay alert without reliance…

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2014 FEHB open season ends Dec. 9

Posted December 5, 2013 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program continues through Dec. 9. The average premium rate for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014,…

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Colon Cancer screening saves lives through early detection

Posted March 27, 2014 by Maj. Carla Wiese

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., — Colorectal Cancer, or Colon Cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel and the rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. Colon Cancer, when discovered early, is highly treatable. Even if it spreads into nearby lymph nodes, surgical treatment…

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Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted July 3, 2014 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., — In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm. In one recent incident, an Office of Special Investigations agent, trained by…

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‘Quest for Zero’ debuts with focus on risk management

Posted October 9, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. Gary Wright

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force Ground Safety introduces the ‘Quest for Zero’ campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign is designed for every Airman, in all career fields, to raise awareness of the hazards they face every day, at work and at home. “Readiness is paramount to…

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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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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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Family, fitness health fair

Posted June 21, 2012 by 355th Medical Group

Please join us for a Family Health and Fitness Health Fair hosted by the 355th MDG Patient Education Function on Friday, July 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Base Exchange Food Court area.  Information will be available on Patient Safety, Disease Management, Public Health, Pharmacy, Dental, the Wounded Warrior Project, and topics…

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OSI introduces new smartphone anonymous tip line

Posted October 4, 2012 by

QUANTICO, Va. (AFNS) — The Air Force Office of Special Investigations has opened its first anonymous tip line that allows submissions from the Internet, via SMS (texting) or using a smartphone application. The application was created in order to capitalize on cyberspace and engage the Air Force community more effectively, officials said. “This tool will…

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