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Dietary Supplements: Safety still an issue

SAN ANTONIO — Being a Servicemember is as physically demanding, at times, as being a professional athlete. As a result, Servicemembers are especially conscious of physical training requirements and the need to remain fit and ready. In recent years, a larger percentage of Servicemembers have begun to rely on dietary supplements to help them stay…

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D-M pararescuemen hone skills in Bagram’s excess structures

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Pararescuemen from the 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, participated in a mission rehearsal where they practiced breaching, clearing, patient care and egress skills. Air Force rescue forces, conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery. The 83rd ERQS partnered with Joint Task Force Trailblazer, U.S. Army 2nd Engineer Brigade,…

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D-M Airmen respond first to desert wreck

Three D-M Airmen were driving through the desert on their way to a popular hiking spot to enjoy a typical Sunday outdoors. Everything was going according to plan until they spotted a person on the right side of the road frantically trying to get their attention. As they approached the scene, everything came into focus….

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162nd Wing Airmen refine warrior skills in the high country

BELLEMONT, Ariz. — Enhancement of deployment and domestic response skills were the assignments given to 73 members of the 162nd Wing during an exercise Aug. 11-15 at Camp Navajo Collective Training Center. “What would you do if you were deployed?” asked Lt. Col. Gregory Bliss, deputy commander of the 162nd Wing Mission Support Group and…

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AF Academy ranks high in Best Colleges Ranking report

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AFNS) — The U.S. Air Force Academy ranks high among the nation’s top universities in engineering and liberal arts courses, according to the 2015 Best Colleges Ranking report released Sept. 9, by U.S. News & World Report. Specifically, the Academy has the nation’s fifth-best undergraduate engineering program, and its second-best…


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Veterans

Retired AF officer picked for simulated mission to Mars

Posted  September 5, 2014

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) — An Air Force Institute of Technology alumnus and retired Air Force officer was selected by NASA and the University of Hawaii as one of nine team members to participate in an upcoming simulated mission to Mars. Edward Fix, who earned a Master of Science in electrical engineering from…

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Health & Safety

Suicide prevention takes courage, communication, official says

Posted  September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said Aug. 21. Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, military deputy to the Under Secretary of Defense for personnel…

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Defying age: A resilient rebel on eight wheels

Posted  September 5, 2014

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFNS) — At nearly twice their ages and half their sizes, Lt. Col. Melanie Friedman stands out among those wearing the same uniform. The deputy director of intelligence at the Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education, ties her laces together just like the rest of them, and…

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New form second chance to do EPRs right

Posted  September 5, 2014

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago….

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Tobacco use harms military readiness, official says

Posted  September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and…

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Your benefits: TRICARE standards and access to care

Posted  September 5, 2014

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patient enrolled to a military Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) needs to be seen within 24 hours, an appointment will be made…

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DoD

Know your POV shipping entitlements

Posted  September 5, 2014

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) — Many service members may not know of their entitlements when shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return stateside, according to U.S. Transportation Command officials. “Our customers have reasonable expectations on the delivery of their vehicles,” said Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul H. Guemmer. “I know I…

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D-M participates in Exercise BUSHWACKER 14-02

Posted  September 5, 2014

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier) A U.S. Air Force Airman of the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron signs out mobility gear to a deploying Airman during Exercise BUSHWACKER 14-02 at Davis-Monthan, Aug. 27. The exercise was implemented to test D-M’s operational readiness.   (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st…

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Sports

DoD announces U.S. military athletes for 2014 Invictus Games

Posted  September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON – Defense Department officials yesterday announced the names of almost 100 military athletes who will represent the United States at the first Invictus Games, which will be held Sept. 10-14 in the United Kingdom. The games are an international sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans and will take place…

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Office of Personnel Management announces eOPF upgrades

Posted  September 5, 2014

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — The Office of Personnel Management has announced recent upgrades to their electronic personnel filing system to provide smarter and more efficient service to employees. The OPM eOPF is a secure electronic personnel folder which provides civilian employees virtual access to their personnel records. This includes notifications of personnel…

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