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8,800 Reservists to get Hepatitis B vaccinations

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Approximately 8,800 Air Force Reservists will get Hepatitis B vaccinations due to a recent change in Department of Defense immunization rules. The Defense Department is now requiring all servicemembers be immunized against the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), which causes a potentially fatal liver disease.   According to the Air Force Reserve Command Surgeon General’s office, reservists born prior to 1990 are in the…

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Online vigilance helps reduce security risks

Posted October 31, 2014 by Master Sgt. Sonny Cohrs

I received at least five emails last week warning me to secure my social media settings and be aware of what I post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Why? Do you not like to see what I had for dinner last night? Too many #selfies? Are photos of my dog eating a Popsicle offensive? (In…

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Random acts of kindness go far

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Chaplain Aaron Klaves

The 1999 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, held in New Zealand, brought leaders from around the world together to discuss the challenges of sustaining domestic economic reform and liberalization. Among those in attendance, was newly appointed and virtually unknown, Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin. During dinner, Putin unknowingly caught the attention of the then…

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5-year clock puts re-employment rights in jeopardy

Posted October 5, 2012 by by Jim Strickland

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. — Eleven years ago many of us took off our suits, welder’s masks, gloves, donned our uniforms and went off to defend our nation following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. We did not know what the future would hold. Our employers told us to go, do our duty. We…

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Physical fitness: Struggle between mind, body, pain

Posted January 25, 2013 by by Airman 1st Class Jared Trimarchi

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. — Losing weight isn’t easy. It took almost five months to accomplish my goal of losing 40 pounds. I am physically average, but mentally I am tough. To lose the weight, I motivated myself after I experienced a humiliating personal setback. I was serving in a position my old eating habits did not…

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How to keep the door from closing: Foreclosure rights for service members

Posted May 31, 2013 by by Aaron Brynildson

Given the unique housing concerns of military members and the current economic times, foreclosures and other financial issues are occurring in high numbers for military families.

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Leaders advise against merging Guard, Reserve

Posted November 1, 2013 by Col. Bob Thompson

Courtesy photo Lt. Gen. James F. Jackson, the chief of the Air Force Reserve, testifies to the National Commission of the Structure of the Air Force October 24, 2013 in Arlington, Va. The National Commission of the Structure of the Air Force was established by Congress this year to comprehensively study the U.S. Air Force…

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Social media requires caution with political material

Posted August 1, 2014 by Master Sgt. Christian Michael

Most Americans are born with a political rattle in their hands, and learn to shake it early. While U.S. culture promotes opinions and debate, the Department of Defense (DOD), U.S. Air Force and Air Reserve Personnel Center wish to remind Airmen that, while on active duty – and even for reservists who may be perceived…

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Safety, common sense help ensure happy holidays

Posted December 19, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Kathleen T. Rhem

I’ve always felt there are two important things to keep in mind during the holidays: Don’t let baby mistake the light-up nose on your Rudolph decoration for her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” pacifier, and go easy on the rum if you share the eggnog with your cat.

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Never saw this coming: Lessons learned in trying times

Posted March 27, 2012 by Staff

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas “” I had the world by the tail: U. S. Air Force Academy graduate, Air Force pilot, six-time commander, 30-year Air Force career, and two stars; fit, healthy and strong. But subtle problems appeared out of nowhere: occasional vertigo, mild persistent headaches, cognitive challenges, having to stop during a hard…

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