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Brain Injury Awareness month: Understanding TBI

Posted March 21, 2014 by Dr. Lanier Summerall

The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The Department of Defense and the Defense and Veteran’s Brain Injury Center estimate that 22 percent of all combat casualties from these conflicts are brain injuries, compared to 12 percent of Vietnam related combat casualties….

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Some Reserve, Guard members must pay dental premiums directly

Posted May 4, 2012 by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beginning in May, some National Guard and reserve members will need to pay dental premiums directly rather than through payroll deduction, stated a senior official of the TRICARE military health plan. A change to the TRICARE Dental Program means that payroll deduction for premiums is not currently available to about 8,000 reserve-component…

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Diverting disaster

Posted September 7, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

As emergency management responders, we continually preach about the biggest threat to southern California—earthquakes.  However, Mother Nature reminded us last week that she can strike in different forms, on a moments notice and with tremendous force. Mid-afternoon, Thursday, Aug. 30, we were hit with east coast-like impersonation of a mid-summer storm. The skies turned dark,…

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Meet Team March First Sargeants

Posted May 3, 2013 by

MASTER SERGEANT DONALD C. BRANSCUM Master Sgt. Donald C. Branscum is the first sergeant for the 452d Civil Engineer Squadron at March Air Reserve Base, Calif. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, April 1986. His first duty station was Royal Air Force Bentwaters, United Kingdom, where he served as a Tactical Maintenance Aircraft…

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Fitness is more fun when it’s FREE!

Posted October 11, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger

Last week the fitness center was closed on base due to the government shutdown, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a workout or spend money on a gym membership. Activities provided by services, and in surrounding areas of the base, can help you stay active while having fun. The best part…

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Family fitness with little ones

Posted May 9, 2014 by

photo courtesy of www.letsmove.gov Have your family establish fitness goals that everyone can achieve together. If you stick with it, physical activity will become a part of your family’s routine. For parents of babies, toddlers or young children, fitness often takes a backseat to late night feedings, chasing an exploring little one around the house…

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Time for reflection on equipment protection

Posted June 22, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

We should feel confident in our ability to fight in a contaminated environment knowing that we have the proper protective gear and means to successfully combat our enemy but, how do we maintain the equipment we bring to the fight? With millions of dollars in ground assets utilized on multi-threat battlefields, it is crucial that…

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Military works to end domestic violence

Posted November 2, 2012 by By Lisa Daniel

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department and each of the services are drawing attention to the plight of domestic violence because of people like Amanda Tenorio ...

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Preparing to survive Wildfire season

Posted June 21, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

Southern California’s unique topography complemented with intense heat, dry soil, acts of nature and human carelessness, all combine to make it extremely vulnerable to wildfires. Every year we standby, ready to combat these demons of destruction. When not actually engaged in a response, firefighters train constantly to improve tactics, communication and working relationships. The drain…

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Getting muddy good for fitness, camaraderie, charity

Posted December 13, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Carrie M. Peasinger

Courtesy photo Covered in mud from head to toe are from left, Staff Sgt. Ashley Desgrange, 9th Space Operations Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Charles Fine and Staff Sgt. Jason Buccat, 452nd Communications Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.; Tech. Sgt. Senna Imura, 452nd Airlift Control Flight, March ARB; civilian Jessica Johnson…

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