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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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Diamond Sharp October 4, 2013

Posted  October 3, 2013

Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. James R. Dillahunt / 355 SFS/S3OA First Sergeant:  Master Sgt. John Brown Duty Title: BDOC Controller When joined the AF: Aug. 30, 2005 Hometown: Terre Haute, Indiana Hobbies:  Sports – Baseball/ Football Selection Reasons:   On July 4, 2013, Staff Sgt. Dillahunt was posted as crowd control during the fireworks display at…

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Health & Safety

Affordable Care Act will impact federal civilian employees

Posted  October 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Starting in January, all individuals must maintain minimum health care coverage for themselves and all dependents claimed on their federal tax return, or must qualify for an exemption. Those who do not will be charged a penalty beginning with their 2014 federal tax return. Under, the…

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Sports

D-M holds Attack Fitness

Posted  October 3, 2013

D-M holds Attack Fitness The 355th Force Support Squadron held the Attack Fitness Competition at the Haeffner Gym, Sept. 27. The first workout consisted of 500m row, 20 back squats at body weight and 30 pull-ups. The second work consisted of a box jumps, and overhead weight. The third involved swimming eight against time and…

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Local Briefs October 4, 2013

Posted  October 3, 2013

Officers’ Spouses’ Club to meet Join the Officers’ Spouses’ in playing Bunko on October 17 at the “Bookno” Luncheon.  11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Mirage Club.  Reservations required by October 14.  Go to www.dmosc.org to make a reservation. Society of Military Widows to meet The Society of Military Widows will have their luncheon at…

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Dagger Point: Master Sgt. Clark talks about his roles as a SARC representative

Posted  October 3, 2013

Master Sgt. Nathan Clark is the Operations Superintendent assigned to the 612th Air Operations Center and is one of three people within 12th Air force who are active Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) representatives under the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) program. The SARP program is designed to support to victims of sexual assault….

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Stem cells cultivate new family

Posted  October 3, 2013

There comes a time when you have the option to save a life. You might have the chance to pull someone from a burning building, prevent a suicide or just maybe, give part of yourself to a stranger. Tech Sgt. Justin Slater had the chance to do just that. Ten years ago at Travis Air…

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Due to the government shutdown, base services are limited

Posted  October 3, 2013

Due to the current furlough of civilian employees, the following facilities will be closed until further notice: Family Child Care Office (not the CDC) School Liaison Office Housing Office Equal Opportunity Office Community Liaison Office Chiropractic Services Mental health Outreach Program Chapel: Daily Catholic Mass is suspended Information Protection Office: All offices are closed and…

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Salutes & Awards

Nominees sought for Verne Orr award

Posted  October 3, 2013

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Air Force Personnel Center officials are accepting nominations for the 2014 Verne Orr Award. The Air Force Association established this award in honor of former Secretary of the Air Force Verne Orr to recognize mission-oriented unit accomplishments and achievements that used personnel to their full potential in order…

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Veterans

Until They All Come Home: POWs remember their captivity

Posted  October 3, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev – The Warsaw Uprising. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir. The Chinese Spring Offensive. These were some of the battles that veterans who attended the National Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day here fought and lived to pass on their story. The base held a ceremony at Freedom Park to remember and…

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TRICARE officials issue statement about government shutdown

Posted  October 3, 2013

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) — Officials with the Defense Health Agency issued the following statement Oct. 1: “We know that those who rely on the Military Health System are concerned about how the government shutdown might impact their health care. While we can’t predict the exact consequences of a shutdown on every part of our…

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