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Official explains changing health care providers

Posted June 19, 2014 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON — Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said here yesterday. In a DOD News interview, Mary Kaye Justis said she wants service members and their families to know there are several easy options to find new…

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Distracted driving, the epidemic

Posted June 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Steve Stanley

The human brain struggles to complete multiple tasks efficiently. Especially if they require a higher degree of focus at the same time, like driving and texting. Therefore, texting while driving can be an extremely dangerous combination. In 2012 alone, 3,328 were killed in distracted driving crashes according to Distraction.gov. When people try to multitask, their…

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Corrective eye surgery wait times reduced

Posted June 12, 2014 by Capt. William Catt

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — The Air Force currently offers active duty members two types of corneal refractive surgery to correct near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. Refractive surgery eliminates the need for glasses, contacts, prescription inserts for night vision goggles and ballistic eyewear thereby enhancing mission and deployment readiness. CRS is now offered at six…

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FitFamily provides families tools for success

Posted June 12, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Ian Hoachlander

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas  — It’s that time of year again when people resolve to lose weight, get in shape and eat healthier, which takes dedication and determination. To help Airmen and their families achieve those goals, the Air Force offers the Air Force FitFamily initiative which encourages families to develop and maintain a…

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Davis-Monthan holds Social Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day

Posted June 5, 2014 by Air Force Photos by Senior Airman Sivan Veazie, Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau, Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

Airmen eat pancakes during a Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day here June 2. This quarter’s CAF Day was focused on improving Airmen readiness by solidifying the social pillar of CAF. Desert Lightning Team members depart from Heritage Park during the motorcycle mentorship ride. The social pillar of CAF encourages developing and maintaining trusted, valued friendships that…

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Summer grilling safety tips

Posted June 5, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AFB, Va. –  Good food and great conversation are staples of a summer barbeque, but before firing up the grill Airmen and their families should be aware of some proper grilling techniques to help prevent their summer days from going up in flames. According to the National Fire Protection Association in 2007-2011, U.S. fire…

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Avoid being stranded with these vehicle maintenance tips

Posted June 5, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski

With temperatures hovering in the triple digits, it is increasingly important to check the operational status of your vehicle. This includes checking fluids and drive belts. Ensuring you have a safe amount of motor oil in your engine should be your first priority. Motor oil can thin out and break down faster in hot climates…

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Giving blood, saving life

Posted May 29, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

More than 50 Desert Lightning Team members gathered at the Mirage Club to give blood to the American Red Cross, May 21. D-M hosts a blood drive at least once every other month. Sixty pints of blood were collected, falling short of the goal of 100. “We did not meet our intended goal, but we…

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DOD releases figures on sexual harassment in military

Posted May 22, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report today that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year. The congressionally mandated report defines sexual harassment as an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or…

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Attack Fitness Competition

Posted May 15, 2014 by (U.S. Air Force photos by Capt. Susan Harrington)

Competitors tag the fence as they complete a one-mile timed run during the Attack Fitness Competition here May 3. The competition consisted of four different workouts that combined both cardio and strength movements, with the top competitors completing two final workouts to determine the winner. The event was hosted by CrossFit Desert Lightning, the CrossFit…

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