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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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Tip line reports illegal acts to AFOSI

Posted October 16, 2014 by Special Agent Robert Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Reporting suspicious activity has become much easier. The Air Force Office of Special Investigations established a tip line for the Air Force to support the insider-threat mission. The tip line is an anonymous reporting mechanism to advise law enforcement of illegal activities. It provides an easily accessible avenue for individuals to…

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Enterovirus spreads throughout country, launches Flu season

Posted October 16, 2014 by 56th Medical Group

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Enterovirus is spreading throughout the country starting from the East Coast, making its way to the West. From mid-August to Sept. 18, a total of 153 people in 18 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. In the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68…

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Any cruelty harmful to family

Posted October 16, 2014 by Jim Yang-Hellewell

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.” Shakespeare October in Arizona is a time for outdoor barbecues and football tailgating parties. But October is also Domestic Violence Prevention Month. Domestic violence is one of those topics not often raised at those barbecues and tailgating parties. Yet,…

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When responding to surveys, check to ensure they’re official

Posted October 16, 2014 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen around the world are asked to respond to many surveys, some of which are official and legitimate. Others, however, are not official and Airmen should not respond to them. According to Renee Tealer of the Air Force Survey Office, Air Force Personnel Center, Airmen typically get three types…

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‘Quest for Zero’ debuts with focus on risk management

Posted October 9, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. Gary Wright

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force Ground Safety introduces the ‘Quest for Zero’ campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign is designed for every Airman, in all career fields, to raise awareness of the hazards they face every day, at work and at home. “Readiness is paramount to…

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Cyber security: Our present, our future

Posted October 9, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Heather Davs

Cyber technologies and the Internet are an integral part of everyone’s lives these days, whether at work, at home, on the go, for fun, to keep us healthy, manage our finances and even to save our lives. Most of our day-to-day routines rely heavily upon technology and cyber connectivity because of the ease they provide….

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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

Posted October 2, 2014 by

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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