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Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

Posted September 5, 2014 by Amaani Lyle

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21. Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel…

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What’s going into your tank?

Posted June 7, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Are you putting regular or premium foods in your tank? What you put in your stomach may affect not only your energy levels but your overall health. Similar to how a car’s performance is affected by the type of gas put in it, the human body’s performance can either…

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Beware of mold

Posted September 6, 2012 by Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight

With the Arizona monsoon season in full swing and humid weather the norm, mold growth can become prevalent in homes and buildings. Mold is a type of fungus that grows on damp surfaces or decaying organic matter. It is found everywhere, both outdoors and inside of buildings and homes. Mold only becomes a concern if…

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Hitting the dusty trail

Posted January 24, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Christine Griffiths

Capt. Collin O’Bryant, the 43rd Electronic Combat Squadron EC-130 pilot trains and runs ultra-marathons that range from 40 to 55 miles each week.

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Live to ride, ride to live another day

Posted May 30, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Alexander W. Riedel

FORT MEADE, Md. (AFNS) –  Some memories are Kodak moments – the kind you want to recall again and again. Others are more sinister, hanging around unwanted, as a reminder of life’s darker side. One such ominous memory combines one of my greatest joys and my greatest fear into a valuable life lesson. On a beautiful,…

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Power surge: Why energy drinks are too much

Posted September 15, 2013 by Airman 1st Class A. Harvill

FORT EUSTIS, Va., – Service members who rely on stimulant-cocktail energy drinks to keep alert on duty increase their risk for significant, lifelong health issues, say research scientists. According to the Center for Disease Control, about 45 percent of Service members downrange use energy drinks to stay awake. There are other ways to stay alert without reliance…

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2014 FEHB open season ends Dec. 9

Posted December 5, 2013 by Janis El Shabazz

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Open season for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program and the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program continues through Dec. 9. The average premium rate for the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will increase by 3.7 percent in 2014,…

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Colon Cancer screening saves lives through early detection

Posted March 27, 2014 by Maj. Carla Wiese

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill., – Colorectal Cancer, or Colon Cancer, occurs in the colon or rectum. The colon is the large intestine or large bowel and the rectum is the passageway that connects the colon to the anus. Colon Cancer, when discovered early, is highly treatable. Even if it spreads into nearby lymph nodes, surgical treatment…

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Drowning: You probably have no idea what it looks like

Posted July 3, 2014 by Benjamin Newell

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va., – In two recent examples of vigilance, Air Combat Command Airmen have discovered that drowning isn’t always accompanied with shouts and thrashing. Victims sometimes slip silently beneath the water, or struggle to the point of exhaustion without raising an alarm. In one recent incident, an Office of Special Investigations agent, trained by…

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‘Quest for Zero’ debuts with focus on risk management

Posted October 9, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. Gary Wright

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. (AFNS) — Air Force Ground Safety introduces the ‘Quest for Zero’ campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign is designed for every Airman, in all career fields, to raise awareness of the hazards they face every day, at work and at home. “Readiness is paramount to…

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