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Supplements: Awareness is a serious matter

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Health, fitness and energy are important considerations for all Airmen, but when does pursuing them result in potential and real problems? Supplements, health foods and energy drinks may be popular and even come with approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but that doesn’t ensure compliance with current…

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German cultural exchange students visit D-M

Buena Vista High school students and cultural exchange students from Redebeul, Germany, toured D-M April 23. The 30 students went to three units learning about the Air Force and the missions here in a hands-on environment. The students first received a mission briefing of the 563rd Rescue Group from Capt. Jaymes Hines, 563rd RQG executive….

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48th RQS trains for the real deal

While many Airmen from D-M were finishing up their day, some Pararescuemen were beginning theirs, on the evening of April 14. The 48th Rescue Squadron conducted a pre-deployment training exercise to teach, train and test Airmen on mass casualty treatment, evacuation, extrication, confined space and collapsed structure rescue. Air Force Pararescuemen, 48th Rescue Squadron, position…

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Airmen return A-10 to air after catastrophic engine failure in Iraq

SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNS) — A maintenance repair team from the 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron recently responded to an A-10C Thunderbolt II that suffered a noncombat-related engine failure and had to divert to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The jet’s number one engine suffered catastrophic damage during a routine refueling mission and the pilot was able…

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U.S., Czech Republic train in close air support operations

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany  — Four U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft forward deployed to Namest Air Base, Czech Republic, April 8, 2015, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. “The Czech Republic air force invited us to come out here to train with their JTACs for a week,”…


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Tattoos: Good, bad, permanent

Posted  July 24, 2014

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev.  — Tattoos are becoming more commonplace in today’s society and therefore in the Air Force, which makes it important for Airmen to know what they are getting into before making a decision that will last a lifetime. Getting a tattoo can be a great way for someone to commemorate a moment in…

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‘Whistleblower Law’ gains momentum

Posted  July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON – Outreach efforts to inform all Defense Department personnel of their whistleblower rights and protections may have produced a sharp increase in contacts received by the Department of Defense whistleblower protection ombudsman so far this year, growing from about four to six a month as of August 2013 — the date the DoD ombudsman…

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Local Briefs July 25, 2014

Posted  July 24, 2014

355th FW to hold active shooter training exercise July 29, 7 p.m. The 355th Fighter Wing will be conducting an active shooter trainingexercise starting at approximately 7 p.m. local, Tuesday, July 29. Multiple facilities and locations on base will be affected, but the overall impact to normal operations will be minimal for those who are…

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Social media requires care, caution with political material

Posted  July 24, 2014

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) — Most Americans are born with a political rattle in their hands and learn to shake it early. While U.S. culture promotes opinions and debate, Airmen should be reminded that, while on active duty — and even for reservists who may be perceived as active military representatives, participating in politics…

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355th LRS keeps calm before, after storm

Posted  July 24, 2014

The resilience of the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron was put to the test after a severe monsoon storm swept through Davis-Monthan Air Force Base July 13, 2014. The storm brought with it strong winds and heavy rain that led to flooding, downed trees and power outages base wide. The most heavily damaged facility was the…

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TRICARE Nurse Advice Line offers health care guidance

Posted  July 24, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. – TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can now access the Nurse Advice Line to receive health care guidance and advice. The service, launched in April, offers professional help by phone at a moment’s notice, officials said. “Our mission at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is to provide…

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AF focuses fourth round of VERA/VSIP on headquarters reductions

Posted  July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — In an effort to lead its force management actions with voluntary programs, the Air Force announced a fourth round of civilian workforce shaping measures beginning July 21. This follows the recent Air Force announcement on headquarters organization and staffing reductions. Those changes are designed to eliminate redundant activities and improve efficiencies while also satisfying…

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‘Final Rule’ offers broader mental health care coverage

Posted  July 24, 2014

WASHINGTON – TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today. In an interview with DoD News, Dr. John Davison, DHA’s behavioral health branch chief, said the so-called “Final Rule,” published yesterday, will go into effect…

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Commentary

Is being good, good enough?

Posted  July 24, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — In today’s Air Force can you settle with just being good? I say, “No.” With the Air Force executing the deepest force cuts since the end of the cold war with programs such as the Quality Force Review Board and the Enlisted Retention Board, what you do and how well you…

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DUI in Arizona: You can’t afford it

Posted  July 24, 2014

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. —  Arizona has some of the toughest drunken driving laws in the United States. The average overall cost of a DUI in the state of Arizona is around $10,000. Crazy, right? Ten thousand dollars may seem hard to swallow at first, but first time offenders often find themselves paying considerable unforeseen…

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