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AF ensures command visibility on sex-related offenses

Posted October 2, 2014 by

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — Air Force officials announced a new policy requiring the inclusion and command review of information on sex-related offenses in personnel service records Sept. 30. The change was directed in the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, requiring the services to document this information in service member personnel records. “Sexual harassment and…

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Allow time to prepare pet for overseas PCS move

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Your family is on orders, preparing to leave the U.S. to go overseas, and it’s time to think about shipping your dog or cat. Since aircraft pet space is very limited, contact your transportation office as early as possible to book. Department of Defense regulations limit pet shipment to two pets to Families in PCS…

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VA develops mobile app “Concussion Coach”

Posted September 25, 2014 by

To better meet the needs of Veterans and others who have suffered mild to moderate concussion associated with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed “Concussion Coach,” a mobile application (“app”) that provides portable tools to recognize symptoms and to identify and make use of coping strategies. The Concussion Coach…

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National Preparedness Month: Be Ready

Posted September 25, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

How would you react in an emergency situation? If you don’t already have a plan, there will be plenty of resources available during National Preparedness Month. NPM, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is held annually the month of September. It promotes emergency preparedness across…

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Core elements work together

Posted September 18, 2014 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The Air Force has built a suicide prevention program based on 11 overlapping core elements that stress community involvement and leadership in the prevention of suicides in the military: Leadership involvement — Air Force leaders actively support the entire spectrum of suicide prevention initiatives in the community. Addressing suicide…

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Keep sports safe

Posted September 18, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Luther Mitchell Jr.

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Playing sports is fun and it helps people keep in shape and relieve stress. However, if one is not careful, playing sports can result in injuries that keep Airmen on the sideline and out of work. “The main cause of sports-related injuries is over aggressive play and people going…

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Dietary Supplements: Safety still an issue

Posted September 11, 2014 by Ron Wolf

SAN ANTONIO — Being a Servicemember is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Servicemembers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and ready. In recent years, a larger percentage of Servicemembers have begun to rely on dietary supplements to help them stay…

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Suicide prevention more than a month-long campaign

Posted September 11, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

WASHINGTON (AFNS)  — All Airmen have a responsibility that lasts much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of everyone’s 24/7,…

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Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

Posted September 5, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21. Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel…

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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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