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TRICARE makes online customer service easier

Posted December 12, 2013 by from TRICARE

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – TRICARE implemented an easier way to access customer service features under the “I want to” section of the www.tricare.mil homepage, which began Dec. 1. TRICARE brings together the healthcare resources of each of the military services and supplements them with networks of civilian health care professionals to provide better access and high…

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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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Former MTI’s road to recovery transformed tragedy into inspiration

Posted November 26, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Zachary Vucic

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) – In the pitch blackness and pre-dawn stillness, his booming voice alone was enough to send several dozen new trainees into a frenzied scramble from the comfort of their bunks. His scowl was enough to keep those trainees frozen into a formation of stone figures. Tech. Sgt. Matthew Zien was…

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Thanksgiving safety tips for adults, children, pets

Posted November 26, 2013 by Senior Airman Grace Lee

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. – Thanksgiving is a day during which families may come together, enjoy a turkey and other various dishes and talk about all the things they are thankful for. It can also turn into a day of disaster if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken. “On Thanksgiving we get three times more fires…

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How to combat bullying in the digital age

Posted November 21, 2013 by Capt. Allison Walker

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Watching the news, many parents may feel perplexed by the recent surge of “cyberbullying.” Cyberbullying? What is that? This relatively new phenomena is unchartered waters for most parents and keeping children safe in this new technological arena can be anxiety provoking. Cyberbullying is defined as deliberately using digital media to communicate false,…

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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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Supplement safety website helps keep Airmen healthy, informed

Posted November 14, 2013 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON  – For peak performance, people should eat healthy and exercise regularly. But in their quest to gain an edge, many resort to dietary supplements. Enter Operation Supplement Safety, or OPSS. This Defense Department educational campaign, accessible at www.hprc-online.org/opss, is targeted at service members and healthcare providers, but is available to anyone looking for useful information…

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Protect your smile with a mouth guard

Posted November 14, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Tamara Harris

Once again, its fall and that means sports! Whether it’s you, your buddies or your kids out there enjoying some football, soccer or another sport of your choice, it’s always wise to make sure you’re playing safe. Each year, thousands of athletes suffer sports injuries, with about one third being oral-related. Falls or hits to…

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AFI change simplifies fitness appeal process

Posted October 31, 2013 by Debbie Gildea

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Airmen who fail their fitness assessment now may appeal to their wing commanders rather than submit an appeal to the Air Force Board for Corrections of Military Records, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. The appeal process change is one of several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2905,…

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Black eye event calls for compassion

Posted October 31, 2013 by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho – She walked into the honor guard training area that day, unsure of how her fellow guardsmen would react. The black eye she had was obvious, so she headed straight to her locker to hide the bruising. Others she encountered wouldn’t make eye-contact with her, even when speaking to her, and…

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