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30-Day Inspection ensures functionality, saves lives

Posted October 25, 2012 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

It takes an entire village to raise a child, and it takes an entire squadron to get an aircraft in the air, keep it there, and make sure the personnel on board are safe. The 563rd Operations Support Squadron is one such squadron, but there is more than just aircraft maintenance involved. There are also…

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TRICARE offers new prescription coverage to help kick tobacco

Posted April 12, 2013 by TRICARE Management Activity

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — TRICARE beneficiaries living in the U.S. now have a new weapon in their fight to kick the tobacco habit. Tobacco cessation medications are now covered through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. The medications are available to beneficiaries with a prescription who are 18 years or older, but not eligible for Medicare. Though a…

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Mobile app helps iPhone users ‘Be Ready’

Posted July 25, 2013 by John Burt

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — The “Be Ready” mobile app, or application, is now available for download on most Apple devices like the iPhone and iPad. Previously offered for Motorola Android products only, this app was developed by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Emergency Management Division, as an on-the-go emergency preparation resource. “This app provides…

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New Defense Health Agency to streamline functions

Posted October 10, 2013 by

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — The government shutdown did not stop the official opening Oct. 1 of the Defense Health Agency, a major streamlining effort of military medicine that has been in the works for three decades and signed into law earlier this year. “This day has been a long time in coming, and represents…

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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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DOD releases figures on sexual harassment in military

Posted May 22, 2014 by Nick Simeone

WASHINGTON – Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report today that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year. The congressionally mandated report defines sexual harassment as an unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or…

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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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Maintaining fitness standards during the holidays is important

Posted November 20, 2014 by 2nd Lt. Logan Fleming

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — During the holidays, going to the gym usually isn’t on the top of most peoples’ priority list. Priority is given to visiting families, planning vacations, and most important, indulging in holiday feasts. Going to the gym during the holidays can be more important than you think. Whether you are…

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D-M to host Motorcycle Safety Rally

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Airmen of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is hosting Motorcycle Safety Rally Mar. 27. There will be various activities during this event to include Tucson Police Department and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department conducting a motorcycle demonstration and awards given to the best bikes. After a safety briefing, the bikers will depart for a 2-3 hour…

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Always take children, pets, elderly when leaving vehicle

Posted July 16, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley

The thought of leaving a child in the car during the summer might seem impossible, but it happens. A variety of things including changes in routine for families or just being a new parent can lead to forgetting a child who is fast asleep in the back seat of a car. In some cases it…

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