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A safe and spooktacular Halloween

Posted October 24, 2014 by

For most people Halloween means three things: costumes, trick-or-treating and months of free candy.

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Flu shots now available

Posted October 17, 2014 by

The 412th Medical Group Immunization Clinic is now providing flu vaccines to all military members and pediatric patients between 6 months to 23 months of age.   The clinic will start vaccinating all “High Risk” patients between 2-49 years of age and all patients ages 50 or older beginning Oct. 14.  All other Tricare beneficiaries to include spouses,…

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The history of Fire Prevention Week

Posted October 10, 2014 by Timothy Hiltner

On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America, the oldest membership section of the National Fire Protection Association, sponsored the first National Fire Prevention Day.

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‘Big Shaker’ encourages earthquake preparedness

Posted September 26, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

The world's largest mobile earthquake simulator was shaking things up in the Base Exchange parking lot Sept. 23.

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Prescriptions for hydrocodone-containing meds changing

Posted September 12, 2014 by 412th Medical Group Pharmacy

On Aug. 22, the Drug Enforcement Agency changed all hydrocodone-containing products to Schedule II, a tightly-controlled classification that will change how it is prescribed and dispensed. Products that contain hydrocodone include medications such as Vicodin and Norco, and many generic formulations. The change becomes effective across the United States Oct. 6. What does this mean…

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Travel safely, sign up for STEP

Posted September 12, 2014 by 412th Test Wing Antiterrorism Office

The 412th Test Wing Antiterrorism Office highly concurs with the State Department that all personnel traveling abroad should sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The STEP makes it possible to contact a traveler if necessary, whether because of a family emergency in the United States or because of a crisis in the place the…

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It’s High Desert monsoon, thunderstorm season

Posted September 12, 2014 by Gary Davis

The threat of monsoon thunderstorms becomes a major concern for the 412th Operations Support Squadron Weather Flight in the summer months. During this period, the wind flow in Southern California can shift to a southeast to southerly directional flow. This flow brings tropical moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Ocean, near…

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‘Be Food Safe,’ Commissaries remind patrons to handle groceries safely

Posted September 12, 2014 by Kevin L. Robinson

FORT LEE, Va. – Food safety is a group hug, when you consider everyone who has a role in protecting consumers from foodborne illnesses.  For the Defense Commissary Agency, that process begins where the food originates and continues all the way to the store shelf. However, during September, National Food Safety Education Month, DeCA is reminding its…

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Being prepared in earthquake country

Posted August 28, 2014 by Rebecca Amber

Air Force graphic by Rebecca Amber For National Preparedness Month, this September, the Edwards AFB Office of Emergency Management is focusing on Califorina’s most prominent natural disaster – earthquakes. Throughout the month, Emergency Management will provide resources teaching how to be prepared for an earthquake, before, during and after the shaking begins. Edwards AFB Emergency…

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Danger: Electronic cigarettes can blow more than smoke

Posted August 22, 2014 by Timothy Johnson

According to a 2014 Center for Disease Control report, cigarette smoking in our nation has reportedly been the cause of nearly 480,000 deaths, with more than 41,000 of these deaths caused by secondhand smoke. In an attempt to lower or eliminate the death tolls involving cigarette use, electronic companies have invented smokeless cigarettes and vaporizers…

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