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Detecting spice: research continues at the Academy

Posted February 13, 2014 by Amy Gillentine

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The Navy has a promotional campaign warning against spice; the Army has allowed commanders to order mandatory drug-testing for the first time; and Airmen at the Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory are working to find ways to detect the substance in service members. Spice is a synthetic compound created…

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Colonel encourages ‘caged’ drivers to watch out for bikers

Posted June 1, 2012 by Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON — Col. Dana Morel knows the dangers of motorcycle riding as well as anyone. A biker herself, Morel was a lieutenant at Mather Air Force Base, Calif., in 1986 when a young airman she knew with the base honor guard took off…

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I’ve been profiled, now what

Posted August 23, 2012 by 99th Medical Group

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Getting a profile exempting a person from one or more part of the fitness assessment is different than a profile that limits a person from doing certain things at work, and knowing the difference in the process can save service members unnecessary aggravation down the road. A profile, or…

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EFMP offers help to special needs family members

Posted December 21, 2012 by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle

The Airmen and Family Readiness Center on D-M offers families many opportunities to connect with other families around the base. The Exceptional Family Member Program offers families with special needs a way to get the help and support they need. The EFMP is a mandatory enrollment program administered by the medical community by all the…

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Pediatric patients eligible for messaging health application

Posted May 16, 2013 by Col. Gwen Johnson

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS)  – The Air Force Medical Service is now registering children in its web-based secure messaging health application, MiCare. MiCare allows beneficiaries to communicate securely and privately with their health care teams anywhere and anytime. The secure tool is now available to more than 70 percent of Air Force bases, with the…

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PT changes in 4 categories coming

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U.S. Air Force Photo by Lucas Silva Tech. Sgt. Casey J. McKinney, 65th Logistics Readiness Squadron refueling maintenance element, performs push ups during a physical training exercise, Lajes Field, Azores. McKinney scored 100 percent on his Air Force PT test. WAHINGTON – Air Force senior leadership announced enhancements to the Air Force’s Physical Fitness Assessment program, to…

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VA to offer dental insurance program

Posted November 21, 2013 by

WASHINGTON – VA is partnering with Delta Dental and MetLife to allow eligible Veterans, plus family members receiving care under the Civilian Health and Medical Program (CHAMPVA), to purchase affordable dental insurance beginning Nov. 15, VA officials announced today. “VA continues to explore innovative ways to help Veterans get access to the care and services…

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AF improves its personnel reliability program

Posted March 20, 2014 by Master Sgt. Angelita Colón-Francia and Joel Fortner

WASHINGTON (AFNS) – Changes are coming to the Air Force’s program used to ensure personnel who perform nuclear-related duties are of sound mind and body on the job. The decades-old Personnel Reliability Program, or PRP, is used by all branches of service with duties tied to nuclear weapons to ensure personnel are reliable to perform nuclear-related responsibilities,…

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Kids lasso safety lessons at bicycle rodeo

Posted June 14, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

The 355th Fighter Wing Ground Safety office held a Bicycle Rodeo here June 9. The Bicycle Rodeo was for children of all ages and focused on teaching the basics of bike safety. “This event teaches kids the basics…

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Posted September 27, 2012 by Michelle McLoughlin

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and advocates across the country will be showing support for the cause in a variety of ways.

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