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Anti-terrorism/Force Protection travel safety tips

Posted May 15, 2014 by

1. The Back Glance Get in the habit of looking back when you get up to leave somewhere. Travel is very distracting and you are probably carrying more things than what you are accustomed to at home. You’re more likely to leave a jacket or journal at that local bus top, coffee place table where…

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Comprehensive Airman Fitness gains official AFI

Posted May 15, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Veronica Pierce

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AFNS)  — Comprehensive Airman Fitness is not a new term; however, Air Force Instruction 90-506 was released April 2 and further defines requirements for CAF in an effort to enhance the resilience of individuals, families, and communities. CAF is described as a holistic approach to develop over-arching Airman fitness and fortitude….

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Beat the heat, check back seat

Posted May 1, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – With the summer heat at our door step, it’s important to ensure children and pets are well taken care of. Leaving them in the car can cause serious illness and even death. Parents and pet owners must be aware that even in cooler temperatures the car can heat up quickly, which…

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Airman serves with pride, joins Air Force after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Posted May 1, 2014 by Nick DeCicco

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AFNS) –  Between sips of an iced coffee, Airman 1st Class Leslie Wilson, a 60th Dental Squadron dental technician here, talks about her life. She talks about her childhood in Tennessee, going to college on a soccer scholarship and following in her father’s footsteps by joining the military. However, she also discusses…

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(U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)
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ERQS PJs honor fallen Airman with a fitness challenge memorial one year later

Posted April 24, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – Members of the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) organized a “Memorial Mash,” in honor of U.S. Air Force pararescueman Chief Master Sgt. Nick McCaskill on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 6, 2014. The mash, a fitness challenge, marked the one year anniversary of McCaskill’s death in Afghanistan. More than 70 people, split into 18…

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Introducing the ‘unnamed conspirator’

Posted April 24, 2014 by Senior Airman Cortney Paxton

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. (AFNS) – As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a briefing was held April 18 here, to help educate Airmen on the impact of sexual assault across the service and the nation and how they can get involved in the fight to change the culture that supports it. Speaking during the…

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Airman consumed by alcohol fights back

Posted April 24, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Alexis Millican

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, GA. – With his suicide note placed neatly on the bed, he got dressed and headed to work. His plan was to pretend everything was OK, arm up for training, and then take his own life. In his note, the Airman wrote to his friends, family, supervisor, leadership and himself. He apologized…

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Many unregulated nutritional supplements could be harmful

Posted April 17, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

With the summer season season fast approaching, many people are trying to get into shape. In addition to regular exercise, many Airmen take supplements to help speed up the process. However, there are no regulations determining what manufacturers can and cannot put into these supplements. Some of the many types of supplements that individuals take…

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Service members required to get Hep B immunization

Posted April 17, 2014 by

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) — The Department of Defense recently updated its immunization guidelines, requiring all service members to receive the hepatitis B virus immunizations. Since 2002, the Air Force has administered the vaccination to new recruits. Most deploying Airmen and health care workers have also received the vaccination. However, about 10 percent…

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PJs rapidly respond during Open House

Posted April 17, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier

Six pararescuemen assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron were first responders at a scene during D-M’s Thunder and Lightning over Arizona event, April 12. During the event, an individual suddenly had a heart attack and fell over. The episode happened directly in front of the 48th RQS display, which expedited lifesaving procedures. “We were all…

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