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Give safe gifts this holiday season

Posted December 19, 2013 by Commentary by 355th Medical Group

The month of December is observed as “Safe Toys and Gifts Month,” as a means of alerting parents to be careful when making toy and gift choices. According to cpsc.gov, toy-related deaths and injuries calendar year 2011, an estimate of 262,300 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2011. More than 70…

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April: National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Posted March 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

It’s been 40 years since former President Richard Nixon signed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Child abuse is still a major concern and, each year, the month of April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together and learning to…

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Be physically prepared for summer sports to prevent injury

Posted July 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Winter has ended and many people are headed outdoors to play their favorite sports, but couch potatoes beware. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for sport injuries. Children and adults should properly prepare and ease into summer sports such as basketball, track and field, football, golf or soccer 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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Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

Posted January 29, 2015 by Brig. Gen. Kathleen Cook

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter…

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Enroll newborns in TRICARE within 60 days of birth

Posted May 14, 2015 by Master Sgt. Carolyn Stewart

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Service members are reminded to enroll their newborns into TRICARE within 60 days of birth or 120 days in overseas areas. When newborns are not enrolled within the first 60 days of birth, this can cause claims processing issues and parents incur costly out-of-pocket expenses. Members who want their…

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Air Force changes fitness statements in performance reports policy

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

Revisions to the Air Force fitness program took effect July 1, 2010. These modifications, improvements and upgrades brought about some of the most significant changes to fitness standards in the last five years and shift a greater level of responsibility for maintaining year-round physical fitness to all Airmen.  The Air Force Fitness Program goal is…

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Military spouses residency relief act information

Posted June 28, 2012 by 1st Lt. Jason Cordova

Pursuant to Arizona law (A.R.S. 28-2533), it is illegal for non-Arizona residents living in the state to drive without an Arizona-issued driver license and registration. However, Arizona does not require military members and non-resident military spouses to obtain an Arizona driver license or registration. In the event you are subject to a traffic stop, it…

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HAWC offers advice to add a few points to your PT score

Posted October 18, 2012 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Your Air Force Physical Training test is in exactly two weeks. You’ve been training hard all year and you are ready to pass the test with room to spare.

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Being aware of traumatic brain injuries

Posted March 22, 2013 by Senior Airman Timothy Moore

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and the 355th Medical Group is doing its part to draw attention to this medical issue. The 355th MDG is providing information about traumatic brain injuries: what they are, how they are caused and how the risk of sustaining a TBI can be avoided. A TBI is a blow…

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