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AF authorizes medical benefits for some separatees

Posted November 7, 2014 by

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force senior leaders announced adjustments to benefits for Airmen separated under the fiscal year 2014 Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program Oct. 31. Based on inconsistent issuance and confusion with transitional medical benefits for Airmen separating under the VSP program, the Air Force requested clarification from the Office of the Secretary of…

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Airman smoke free for two years

Posted November 7, 2014 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — There’s a killer on the loose — tobacco. It entices many each day. More than 3,200 people smoke their first cigarette under the age of 18 each day, and about 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers, according to BeTobaccoFree.gov. Tobacco also prematurely kills more than 10 times as many U.S….

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Posted October 30, 2014 by 355 Security Forces Squadron

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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Airmen lead the way in last pre Ranger course

Posted October 30, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nevada — Twenty-one Airmen from around the Air Force were put to the test both physically and mentally in their pursuits to attend the U.S. Army Ranger school during the Ranger Assessment Course Oct. 2-16, 2014, at Silver Flag Alpha range, Nevada. The course has existed in Nevada since the early 1980s, and…

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DoD urges flu shots to maintain unit health, readiness

Posted October 30, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON – Flu season is underway and the Defense Department is making sure service members get flu shots because the illness, often considered mild, has a significant potential to affect operational readiness in unvaccinated units, an expert from the Defense Health Agency said this week. Air Force Lt. Col. Amy Costello, a pediatrician who specializes…

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(U.S. Air Force Illustration by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau)
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Don’t become a target

Posted October 23, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical information, and outlines potential threats and risks associated while developing countermeasures to safeguard that critical information. “Operations Security is any information that an…

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An Airman’s story: My mother didn’t fight alone

Posted October 23, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Ceaira Tinsley 

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — His green eyes frantically searched the crowd for his dying mother. During his final pass and review at basic military training (BMT) he saw her in the stands, cheering him on. A year later, she was gone. “I have breast cancer” are probably the last words a new Airman wants to…

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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted October 23, 2014 by (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Sparky the Fire Dog, National Fire Protection Association spokesdog, and members from the 355th Fire Emergency Services flight taught children from the Child Development Center how to stop, drop and roll at Davis-Monthan, Oct. 8. The 355th FES conducted several events in conjunction with Fire…

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(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Micaiah Anthony)
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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Posted October 23, 2014 by 355 Security Forces Squadron

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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Early HPV vaccination protects those at risk

Posted October 23, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON – Immunization at a young age against the human papilloma virus can protect those who are typically infected in the United States –- military- or college-age young adults –- from a range of cancers as adults, an expert from the Defense Health Agency said today. Air Force…

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