(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Family Health and Fitness Fair held at BX

Posted July 31, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

More than 100 Desert Lightning Team members attended a Family Health and Fitness Fair which was held at the Base Exchange July 25. Vendors from 18 programs on base set up booths and provided information about their organization. The fair gave retirees, active duty and dependents the opportunity to ask questions and learn about programs…

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‘Final Rule’ offers broader mental health care coverage

Posted July 24, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON – TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today. In an interview with DoD News, Dr. John Davison, DHA’s behavioral health branch chief, said the so-called “Final Rule,” published yesterday, will go into effect…

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TRICARE Nurse Advice Line offers health care guidance

Posted July 24, 2014 by

BETHESDA, Md. – TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can now access the Nurse Advice Line to receive health care guidance and advice. The service, launched in April, offers professional help by phone at a moment’s notice, officials said. “Our mission at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is to provide…

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Be physically prepared for summer sports to prevent injury

Posted July 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. – Winter has ended and many people are headed outdoors to play their favorite sports, but couch potatoes beware. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for sport injuries. Children and adults should properly prepare and ease into summer sports such as basketball, track and field, football, golf or soccer to…

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Summer heat brings dangers for man’s best friend

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – As summer continues to funnel its way into the desert southwest, temperatures continue to soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Many people enjoy a day at the pool and barbeques, but others enjoy time with pets. It is important to remember the proper precautions to take in order to keep pets safe…

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DoD announces new award for sexual assault prevention innovation

Posted July 10, 2014 by DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON – Defense Department officials today announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions that advance the department’s goals of preventing sexual assault. Core elements of the military’s strategy to prevent sexual assault include the promotion of innovative ideas and enhanced collaboration among the services, officials said. In May,…

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TRICARE offers 24/7 nurse advice line

Posted July 10, 2014 by Air Force Medical Service

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Sometimes it is difficult to know if and when to seek medical help for an acute health problem, so having professional assistance at a moment’s notice is invaluable. The Military Health System’s new Nurse Advice Line for TRICARE beneficiaries does just that. As of April 2014, TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental…

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Be aware, be prepared

Posted July 10, 2014 by Staff

Airmen are reminded to wear the proper protection while operating a bicycle in order to reduce risk of injury in case of an unexpected incident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2012, 726 pedal cyclists were killed and an additional 49,000 were injured which accounted for two percent of all traffic fatalities…

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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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New rules for safety during monsoon season

Posted July 3, 2014 by Senior Airman Marcy Copeland

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — June 15 marked the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona with a combination of high winds, moisture and temperatures which result in remarkable but sometimes deadly storms. As summer approaches, Arizona receives its winds from the south or southeast where moisture hitches a ride from the Pacific Ocean and…

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