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Summer burnout

Langley Air Force Base, Va. — Some of the very things we enjoy during the summer can also wear us down. Juggling work, family schedules, vacation times, and outdoor squadron activities can take a toll. The chronic engagement of these activities can cause stress, fatigue and eventually summer burnout. According to the American Psychological Association,…

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Proper flag display honors nation’s history, ultimate sacrifices

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — From front yards to the top of the White House, people have flown U.S. flags as emblems for sacrifice and independence. But to honor Old Glory, they must display it with proper etiquette year-round. According to Title 4 of the U.S. Code, it is “universal custom to display the…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) Health & Safety

Davis-Monthan gets mentally fit to fight

The 355th Fighter Wing participated in the Comprehensive Airman Fitness Day, Aug. 11. CAF is a lifestyle taught to strengthen an Airman with four domains: mental, physical, social and spiritual. This quarter’s CAF Day focuses on the mental aspect. The Airmen were educated on approaching life’s challenges in a positive way by demonstrating self-control, stamina…

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sivan Veazie) Salutes & Awards

Airman lifts Arizona record to new elevations

An Airman stepped onto the platform, hands at his side, ready. He closes his eyes, blocked out all distractions and focused on the task at hand. Once he’s chalked up and squats down, the gun goes off. Staff Sgt. David Labrie, 612th Support Squadron lead meteorologist, participated in the 2014 National Powerlifting Competition, which was…

(U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin Raughton) Health & Safety

HPV vaccine provides important safeguards

BETHESDA, Md. – Human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. It can lead to cervical and anal cancer — which, combined, account for more than 250,000 deaths worldwide each year. Furthermore, HPV also causes genital warts, which affects 360,000 people annually in the United States alone. Fortunately, said Air…


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Health & Safety

NEW BOOSTER SEAT LAW Takes effect Aug. 2, 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

House Bill 2154 Section 1B states: The operator of a motor vehicle that is designed for carrying ten or fewer passengers, that is manufactured for the model year 1972 and thereafter and that is required to be equipped with an integrated lap and shoulder belt or a lap belt pursuant to the federal motor vehicle…

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Doing the right thing

Posted  August 3, 2012

Integrity first. Service before self. Excellence in all we do. These are the U.S. Air Force core values. From the day a person swears in, he or she is expected to incorporate these ideals into work, study, and even play. They are expected to embed these values in their hearts. They are expected to live…

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Dagger Point with Col. Jose Sanchez

Posted  August 3, 2012

Col. Jose Sanchez is the director of plans for 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) and a B-2 pilot. He also spent time as chief of the master...

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World

Theater Operations Group lends a hand in our backyard

Posted  August 3, 2012

U. S. Southern Command is a joint and interagency organization supporting the United States national security interests, and with our partners, fostering security, stability, and prosperity in the Americas. The 612th Theater Operations Group plays a vital role in supporting the Air Forces Southern mission in numerous areas of responsibility. Col. Jonathan VanNoord, 612th TOG…

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Salutes & Awards

Diamond Sharp August 2012

Posted  August 3, 2012

Staff Sgt. Cameron Crews   Staff Sgt. Cameron Crews, 306th Rescue First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Ruby Zarzyczny Duty Title: Pararescue Trainee When joined the AF: Sergeant Crews was a prior-service Marine. He served as a Recon Marine for four years at Okinawa, Japan. While stationed there, he went on two West Pacific Marine Expeditionary Unit…

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355th Civil Engineer Squadron – Base Cleanup

Posted  August 3, 2012

The 355th Civil Engineer Squadron helped clean up the base after a massive monsoon hit July 15, here in Tucson.

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Health & Safety

DOD, VA release mobile app targeting post-traumatic stress

Posted  August 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment. The app is called PE Coach; PE stands for “prolonged exposure.” Psychologists at the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2, and the VA National…

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Health & Safety

Exercise-induced injuries are preventable

Posted  August 3, 2012

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va — Physical fitness is a vital part of being in the military, and there are plenty of ways to stay fit. Whether it is soccer, running, bicycling or rock climbing, these activities can cause various injuries if Airmen are not physically prepared. “Last summer, there were more than 350 injuries…

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Air Force

Airmen invited to share their stories with recruits

Posted  August 3, 2012

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH (AFNS) — Each year, thousands of men and women join the U.S. Air Force. Now, those Airmen have the opportunity to tell their stories in their own videos known as “Airmen Stories.” The videos will give potential Air Force recruits a chance to hear Airmen share their personal stories firsthand, unscripted…

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Building nest egg powers retirement, education goals

Posted  August 3, 2012

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Having a savings plan can be important for those who want to retire, buy a house or just have extra money available in case of an emergency. According to Susan Wilinski, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness specialist, starting a savings plan is essential…

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