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TRICARE beneficiaries being targeted by call centers

Posted April 23, 2015 by Defense Health Agency

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Defense Health Agency, Office of Program Integrity (DHA-PI) has received a significant number of concerns from our TRICARE beneficiaries regarding unsolicited contact from call centers encouraging them to provide personally identifiable and health information. According to sources, the call center will normally cold call and say, “I am a representative…

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More than meets the eye

Posted April 16, 2015 by Airman 1st Class Jessica H. Smith

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho — The word abuse often conjures images of bruises, swollen lips and harsh markings, but abuse is more than meets the eye. It can be much more than physical suffering and can have lasting effects on a person’s well-being. There are four types of abuse, explained Kristina Holubar, 366th Medical Group…

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Reminder to Airmen: Avoid hemp seed products

Posted April 16, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General

WASHINGTON D.C.  — Air Force drug testing officials have long warned military members to avoid products that include hemp seed or hemp oil in order to ensure military readiness. In 2013, news reports on the Air Force’s prohibition of a popular yogurt brand spotlighted a regulation, in effect since the late 1990s. Military members were told to…

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AF’s updated policy further promotes tobacco-free environments

Posted April 9, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has led the military in advancing innovative tobacco control policies, such as the tobacco-free medical campus and prohibiting tobacco use outside “designated tobacco areas.” Now, an updated Air Force instruction, published in March, seeks to further reduce health impacts from smoking, the nation’s leading cause of death. “The Air Force is…

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Preventing sexual assault in the Air Force is our enduring responsibility

Posted April 9, 2015 by Gen. Larry Spencer, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff 

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — As we begin Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, clear signs point to the progress we have made in combating sexual assault. We can cite encouraging numbers in the areas of prevalence, reporting and convictions; however, this serves as only the beginning of an enduring effort. This effort must continue without pause and we…

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Air Force stands up Task Force Cyber Secure

Posted April 2, 2015 by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON, (AFNS) — Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Mark A. Welsh III signed a memorandum on March 20, establishing Task Force Cyber Secure, to address challenges of the cyberspace domain in synchronization, operations and governance within the Air Force and with those organizations it supports. “This task force is fundamental to understanding…

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Suicide prevention training goes face-to-face

Posted April 2, 2015 by Senior Airman Devante Williams

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — The World Health Organization reports that every year, more than 800,000 people die from suicide or roughly one death every 40 seconds. It’s a hard subject to speak on and some people don’t know where to go to for assistance. The Air Force is making sure that we give people who…

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D-M to host Motorcycle Safety Rally

Posted March 26, 2015 by

Airmen of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is hosting Motorcycle Safety Rally Mar. 27. There will be various activities during this event to include Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department conducting a motorcycle demonstration and awards given to the best bikes. After a safety briefing, the bikers will depart for a 2-3 hour…

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New plan to dramatically change today’s health systems

Posted March 26, 2015 by Larine Barr

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — With the goal to move from healthcare to health, the Air Force Medical Service (AFMS) has created a dynamic plan that promises to revolutionize health and human performance systems as they exist today. The Human Performance Concept of Operations (CONOPS), created by Air Force medical planners, strives to not only prevent or…

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The hazards of dietary supplements

Posted March 19, 2015 by Capt. Maggie Coppini

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE- Idaho — How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you been hitting the gym like you wanted to, modified your diet, or restocked your dietary supplement shelf? Before you throw some more money at protein shakes, diet pills, and energy drinks, I encourage you to research the products you’re buying…

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