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Your benefits: TRICARE standards and access to care

Posted September 5, 2014 by

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made…

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Preventative healthcare: Key to overall wellness

Posted August 28, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

Preventing an illness before it even arises is one of the surest ways Airmen can maintain their health. These preventative measures range from receiving vaccinations, physicals and cancer screenings, to maintaining healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. One of the best ways to prevent the contraction of a disease or illness is to get…

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Think before you act: Only takes a second for actions to go viral

Posted August 21, 2014 by Christa D’Andrea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Have you ever done something you wish you could take back? Said something mean … wrote something inappropriate … behaved in a way that was disrespectful? I’m sure you have or you wouldn’t be human. However, in today’s society some of these behaviors never go away, even if…

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Comprehensive Airman Fitness: A Lifestyle and culture

Posted August 21, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Comprehensive Airman Fitness is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices. The program’s goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness. The new AFI…

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15 seconds: A rude awakening

Posted August 21, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cliffton Dolezal

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) — Gut-wrenching screams, the shattering of glass, and the unforgettable sounds of metal twisting and bending all around me as my truck rolls over and over again. I thought those were going to be my last memories. April 12, 2012, started out like any other Thursday for me….

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier)
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Davis-Monthan gets mentally fit to fight

Posted August 14, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie

The 355th Fighter Wing participated in the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Aug. 11. CAF is a lifestyle taught to strengthen an Airman with four domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual. This quarter’s CAF Day focuses on the mental aspect. The Airmen were educated on approaching life’s challenges in a positive way by demonstrating self-control, stamina…

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Academy introduces computer network security major

Posted August 14, 2014 by Don Branum

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — Even as the U.S. Air Force Academy has reduced the number of majors it offers recently, it has instituted a new program aimed at helping the Air Force fly, fight and win in cyberspace. The computer network security major touches on topics designed to help cadets understand what…

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HPV vaccine provides important safeguards

Posted August 14, 2014 by Christine Creenan-Jones

BETHESDA, Md. – Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It can lead to cervical and anal cancer — which, combined, account for more than 250,000 deaths worldwide each year. Furthermore, HPV also causes genital warts, which affects 360,000 people annually in the United States alone. Fortunately, said Air…

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Culture change: Aviation safety in healthcare

Posted August 7, 2014 by Senior Airman Tory Cusimano

Langley Air Force Base, Va.  — The Air Combat Command Surgeon General’s office pioneered a program bringing operational risk management and flight line safety procedures into hospitals and dental squadrons across the Air Force. Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, Air Combat Command Surgeon General and a team of ACC aerospace physiologists, well-versed in operational risk management…

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Team works to solve POV shipment issues

Posted August 7, 2014 by Mark Diamond

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and U.S. Transportation Command are standing up a team of transportation experts this week to quickly address the most significant challenges and concerns military customers are facing when shipping their privately owned vehicles. On May 1, International Auto Logistics, known as IAL,…

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