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DoD urges flu shots to maintain unit health, readiness

Posted October 30, 2014 by Cheryl Pellerin

WASHINGTON – Flu season is underway and the Defense Department is making sure service members get flu shots because the illness, often considered mild, has a significant potential to affect operational readiness in unvaccinated units, an expert from the Defense Health Agency said this week. Air Force Lt. Col. Amy Costello, a pediatrician who specializes…

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Don’t become a target

Posted October 23, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Morigeau

Considering recent threats against Americans and the exponential growth of social media use, becoming a target of an adversary is easier than ever. Operations Security is a process that identifies unclassified, critical information, and outlines potential threats and risks associated while developing countermeasures to safeguard that critical information. “Operations Security is any information that an…

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An Airman’s story: My mother didn’t fight alone

Posted October 23, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Ceaira Tinsley 

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — His green eyes frantically searched the crowd for his dying mother. During his final pass and review at basic military training (BMT) he saw her in the stands, cheering him on. A year later, she was gone. “I have breast cancer” are probably the last words a new Airman wants to…

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Fire Prevention Week 2014

Posted October 23, 2014 by (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski) Sparky the Fire Dog, National Fire Protection Association spokesdog, and members from the 355th Fire Emergency Services flight taught children from the Child Development Center how to stop, drop and roll at Davis-Monthan, Oct. 8. The 355th FES conducted several events in conjunction with Fire…

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Trick-or-treat safely this Halloween

Posted October 23, 2014 by 355 Security Forces Squadron

Excitement is in the air and ghosts, ghouls, monsters and princesses will be out in mass, October 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Accidents and mishaps increase during this event. To prevent them use common sense, be aware of potential hazards, and take precautions. Halloween Costume Safety: · Wear flame retardant costumes. · Hem your costumes so you don’t…

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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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