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National Suicide Prevention Month: Ask, care, escort

Posted September 20, 2013 by Lt. Col. Kristian Zhea

  “Always remember that our most valuable resource is each other. When one of us faces a challenge, we all must stand together. By fighting as one team, we can – and we will – help prevent suicide.” – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel   The month of September has been designated as National Suicide…

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AFMC to eliminate flu shots for some civilians due to budget

Posted September 13, 2013 by Michelle Martz

As command officials make tough budget decisions with fewer dollars to spend, Air Force Materiel Command civilian employees who are not beneficiaries of the TRICARE health program will no longer receive AFMC-provided flu shots in advance of the upcoming flu season. Civilian health is a top priority in AFMC. However, vaccine purchases had to be…

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Edwards reminds everyone to ‘Be Ready’ for September, all year

Posted September 6, 2013 by Jet Fabara

With September known as National Preparedness Month, the Edwards Emergency Management team is helping raise awareness on emergency preparedness. “Since 2004, the nation has observed September as National Preparedness Month. Every year, during this month, Americans focus on how best to prepare themselves, their homes, businesses, schools and communities for local disasters,” said Michael Feyerle,…

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Official notes progress in suicide prevention effort

Posted September 6, 2013 by Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Making sure people know where to turn for help during a time of crisis is the continuing goal of the Defense Department’s suicide prevention program, the Pentagon official in charge of the effort said here Aug. 30. In an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Jacqueline Garrick said…

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Suicide prevention – It’s everyone’s business!

Posted August 30, 2013 by Nancy Koch-Castillo

We as a “community” must get passed the stigma of talking about suicide prevention. I am not saying we have to be in everyone’s business 24/7, but we do need to step up our game in letting those around us know WE CARE. We should as individual citizens, employees, and spouses care about the well-being…

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Check what’s in your food, supplements

Posted August 23, 2013 by

While in Florida, a military member recently purchased a yogurt cup that included hemp seeds as one of its ingredients. Luckily she looked at all the ingredients before ingesting the snack. Air Force Instruction 44-121 states: “3.2.2. Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of…

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Website teaches coping skills to military community

Posted August 16, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

U.S. Air Force graphic Screengrab of the “Moving Forward” website, designed to help service members find ways to overcome challenges, stress and depression. WASHINGTON, D.C. -†As part of the Integrated Mental Health Strategy, the Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop…

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HEALTH ADVISORY: Closures posted for local campgrounds due to plague found in ground squirrel

Posted August 2, 2013 by

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and U.S. Forestry Service officials have closed the Broken Blade, Twisted Arrow and Pima Loops of the Table Mountain Campgrounds in the Angeles National Forest after tests confirmed that one ground squirrel trapped July 16, 2013, during routine surveillance activities tested positive on July 23, 2013, for plague….

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Water safety tips

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Wear flotation devices while boating, water skiing or kayaking just to name a few. Always keep them buckled, snapped or zipped, so if you fall in, they will stay on. Do not mix drinking and swimming or boating at picnics or outings. More than 10 percent of all drowning victims had consumed alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic…

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Built for speed

Posted July 26, 2013 by

Speeding is only one problem when it comes to private motor vehicle-related mishaps. When you take a look at the top six causes, youíll see that the greatest threat to drivers is the drivers themselves. These are the top six, in order, identified by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: driver distraction, driver fatigue, drunk…

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