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Driving drunk incurs a hefty price – literally

Posted May 17, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Kenneth W. Norman

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- It’s 2:15 a.m. and the bar just closed. An Airman and his wingmen stumble out to their vehicle. The designated driver tells the group he had a few beers, but he doesn’t feel drunk. They all pile into the vehicle and begin driving toward the base. As the driver messes with the radio, he misses a stop sign.

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Motorcycle safety makes new riders confident

Posted May 17, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Camilla Griffin

In 2011, 15 Air Force members were involved in fatal motorcycle accidents. This year, D-M continues to take steps to help prevent incidents like this by providing the Motor Cycle Safety Basic Rider Course held here May 7-8. In the course, they learn the basics…

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Fight the Bite

Posted May 10, 2012 by 355th Aerospace Medicine Squadron

In recent weeks, more people have been spending time out of the house to enjoy the warm, sunny weather. Unfortunately, the warmth has also brought out the local mosquito population, which may be carrying diseases such as the West Nile Virus. So far, there is still no human vaccine for the WNV infection, and treatment…

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Arizona heat ushers in Critical Days of Summer

Posted May 10, 2012 by 1st Lt. Angela Walz

It wasn’t your ordinary safety briefing the Friday before drill weekend. There was laughter, a few snickers, then – applause. “Well done. This is the first time I’ve seen applause following a safety briefing,” said Colonel Mick McGuire, 162nd Fighter Wing commander here. He was addressing Lt. Col. Jeffrey Waterbury, the wing’s new safety officer…

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Help is here

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Roselyn Leyva

AFRC Psychological Health Advocacy Outreach Specialist- Western Region — Mental health plays an essential role in shaping one’s life. In short, a person free of excessive anxiety, stress and worry is more capable to live life at its fullest. A mentally fit person maintains a...

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AADD in the driver’s seat for Airmen wingmanship

Posted May 3, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

If an Airman is out drinking with some friends on a Friday night, and they turn around to find that their designated driver has succumb to the temptation and festivities around and started knocking back a drink or two, and then they realized they had spent all their money in the spirit of the evening,…

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Parent of autistic child asks ‘why not?’

Posted May 3, 2012 by Commentary by Jessica Turner

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — I was truly speechless the moment after his delivery. It was within those first 60 seconds when he was placed on my chest that my world completely changed. Children define the phrase “life altering.” They bring love, panic, laughter, tears, distraction, frustration and every stray animal in the neighborhood,…

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D-M rescue group sits down with civilian search and rescue

Posted May 3, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Members from the 563rd Rescue Group met with civilian search and rescue factions in Silver City, N.M. April 20. The meeting was a means to inform local groups of D-M’s search and rescue capabilities and how to request assistance if needed. “This meeting is about opening up a...

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Officials explain new sexual assault policies

Posted April 26, 2012 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON – Senior Defense Department officials said they hope more service members who are victims of sexual assault report the crimes as a result of a policy change Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced last week. Panetta issued guidance April 20 withholding “initial disposition authority” from any officer who is below the O-6 — colonel…

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Air Force aiding Airmen

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — Air Force Aid assists Airmen in numerous ways whether it’s getting them home for a loved one’s sickness, passing or to assist in helping Airmen pay bills they cannot afford. Among the Air Force non-profit organizations is Air Force Aid is one of the most popularly used. U.S. Air…

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