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AF family shares experience with child’s autism

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Four-year-old Dawson Stock loves music and instruments; his mother says he is obsessed with the violin. He knows the alphabet forward and backward and is ready to read. Dawson is teaching himself the sign-language alphabet. He knows his numbers and how to add. Dawson is a high-functioning child. This was not…

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Honor guard Airman pushes past her limits

WASHINGTON — (This feature is part of the “Through Airmen’s Eyes” series. These stories focus on individual Airmen, highlighting their Air Force story.) It’s noon on a Saturday, and Staff Sgt. April Spilde chalks up her hands in the gym at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia, as she waits for her chance to lift during…

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McGuire hosts rapid response training with FEMA

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — The 305th Aerial Port Squadron welcomed members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Pennsylvania Task Force 1 to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for rapid air mobilization training April 21, as part of an ongoing partnership initiative. FEMA are the nation’s experts in rapid response in case of humanitarian crises and to…

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309th Fighter Squadron Graduates 11 from class 15-BBC

America’s newest fighter pilots are ready to join the most lethal combat air force the world has ever known. The eight active-duty and three Air National Guard officers of class 15-BBC have successfully completed the F-16 Basic Course and will celebrate this accomplishment today with loved ones, academic instructors, and instructor pilots. Class 15-BBC’s stay…

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Airman seeks to rejoin pararescue team despite loss of leg

In July 2011, Staff Sgt. August O’Neill, a pararescueman, was sent to rescue a group of Marines pinned down in Afghanistan when enemy insurgents opened fire on his team’s helicopter. A round bounced off the helicopter’s door, tearing through both of O’Neill’s lower legs and critically wounding his left. Over the next 3 1/2 years,…


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Health & Safety

Secrets of the heart …

Posted  April 21, 2016

Airman 1st Class Pedro Mota Senior Airman Ashley Cooper, 56th Medical Operations Squadroncardiopulmonary technician, runs an electric cardiogram on Master Sgt.Percel Crudup, 56th MDOS flight surgical services chief, as a practice testat Luke Air Force Base. The ECG looks for abnormalities in heartbeatsthrough electrodes attached to the body.

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April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

Posted  April 21, 2016

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that in 2010, alcohol misuse problems cost the United States $249.0 billion dollars. TRICARE covers Substance Use Disorder Treatment when prior authorization is obtained and within TRICARE limits. If you are having trouble with substance use or abuse or have any questions about these programs or…

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Events

In Brief April 22, 2016

Posted  April 21, 2016

Stormwater Program participation The Luke Stormwater Management Program addresses nonindustrial activities and how they may affect the quality of stormwater that flows off the base. The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Element provides an opportunity for base personnel, residents, and visitors to review and comment on the program. An electronic version of the program can…

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Commentary

Know your part, do your part

Posted  April 21, 2016

PETERSON AIR FORCE AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Working in the field of sexual assault prevention and response, it’s presumable that I think about the subject more frequently than the average person. As such, my children have been subjected to a plethora of discussions regarding risk reduction and effective bystander intervention — far too many…

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Talk. Test. Treat.

Posted  April 21, 2016

Many of us have heard the phrase “April Showers bring May Flowers.” Along with providing rain, the month of April also serves as the designated month to bring awareness to Sexually Transmitted Diseases. STDs are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate contact including oral and anal sex. STDs can affect men…

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