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TRICARE travel tips: keeping members covered

Posted July 13, 2012 by by Brian Smith

When you’re leaving on vacation or changing duty stations, TRICARE is your medical coverage. These five small steps can help you avoid unexpected issues during your travels – even if you change TRICARE regions.   Keep DEERS updated No matter which TRICARE program you use, your Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System record is the key…

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TRICARE benefit remains unchanged under new contractor

Posted September 21, 2012 by Courtesy of TRICARE

Following the recent announcement that UnitedHealthcare Military & Veterans will replace TriWest Healthcare Alliance as the TRICARE West Region health care contractor, beneficiaries and health care providers have been asking how this change will affect them. One thing doesn’t change: the TRICARE benefit. TRICARE remains committed to providing the best possible health care for the 9.7…

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Depression has many signs

Posted January 25, 2013 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

Senior Airman Sandra Welch The symptoms of depression include not sleeping enough or too much, losing interest in activities one typically enjoys, experiencing significant feelings of guilt, lack of energy, loss of concentration, changes in appetite, unexplainable weight loss or gain, loss of sex drive and thoughts of suicide. Most people have experienced sadness in…

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Protect first line of defense

Posted March 22, 2013 by Senior Airman KATE VAUGHN

The body’s immune system is the first line of defense against harmful bacteria, viruses and infections. Some well-known methods of keeping the immune system strong include maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and getting plenty of sleep. Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group registered nurse, said there are also plenty of ways the immune system can…

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Fireworks explode into holiday, could cause injury

Posted June 28, 2013 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Safety

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is urging Americans to take extra care when celebrating with fireworks this Fourth of July. For most Americans, the celebration is a time for food, fun and fireworks, but in 2012 nearly 10,000 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. Burns were the most common, accounting for…

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Tips to keep you safe when using apps

Posted October 25, 2013 by U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

Before downloading, installing, or using an application, take a moment to review the “About the Developer” section. This will help the user get an idea about other apps that the specific developer has previously published. If available, visit the developer’s website and assess its content for things like history, professional appearance, and so on. Apps…

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SFS tackles increased criminal activity on base

Posted March 7, 2014 by JAYSON BURNS

A crime prevention meeting was hosted by 56th Security FoA crime prevention meeting was hosted by 56th Security Forces Squadron and Balfour Beatty Communities Feb. 13. All residents from base housing and the dormitories were invited to attend, as well as representatives from the Glendale Police Department Community Action Team.

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Airman defeats high blood pressure, cholesterol, weight with healthy living

Posted June 20, 2014 by Staff Sgt. TIMOTHY BOYER

Courtesy photos Before: Senior Master Sgt. Dave DeRemer, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs superintendent, is seen in 2007 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, before deciding to live a healthier lifestyle. After: DeRemer is seen in August 2013 at the Midwest Evolution Bodybuilding Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, where he won the men’s physique championship…

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Signs of suicidal thoughts

Posted September 12, 2014 by

Always talking or thinking about death Clinical depression — deep sadness, loss of interest, trouble sleeping and eating Having a “death wish” by tempting fate via taking risks that could lead to death such as driving fast or running red lights Losing interest in the things one used to care about Making comments about being…

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Seat belts save lives

Posted June 8, 2012 by by Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost

– Car accidents are the leading cause of death for ages 5 through 34 in the U.S. – More than 2.3 million drivers and passengers were treated in emergency rooms as the result of being injured in car accidents in 2009. – If you’re in the front seat during a crash, wearing a seat belt can improve your…

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