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Don’t get hooked by cyber phishing scams

Posted July 17, 2015 by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Fast cash promises on popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are causing major problems for service members. Phishing scams have continued to evolve in an attempt to keep up with progressing technology. Today, some phishing scams have been using social media outlets to fool users into revealing sensitive and…

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Suited for the job

Posted May 11, 2012 by Robert J. Kaschak

The military constantly strives to improve the ability of our fighting forces to succeed in hostile environments. The Chemical Protective Overgarment is a prime example of evolving research and technology. The updated design accounts for limitations from earlier versions and now provides the functionality necessary for a combatant to perform mission essential duties with an…

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March Field prepares for Fire Prevention Week 2012

Posted October 5, 2012 by by John Martin

March Field will be observing Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 7 to 13. This year’s theme is, ‘Be Rabbit Ready,’ which is an accurate comparison to just how quickly you and your family should exit your house in case of a fire – once the smoke alarm sounds, you only have a few minutes to get…

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May 31 is deadline to sign up for TRICARE automatic payments

Posted May 17, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Reserve Select or TRICARE Retired Reserve who pay monthly premiums by check must switch to an electronic form of payment by May 31 to avoid losing coverage. The TRICARE agency will only accept monthly premium payments using recurring automatic payments by credit or debit card, or by recurring…

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The U.S. top ten consumer complaints

Posted November 15, 2013 by AnhTuan Dang

(This article was adapted from a North American Consumer Protection Investigators press release.) According to the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer protection agencies conducted by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI), consumer problems related to the recession continue to plague the nation….

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Patriot Warrior

Posted May 23, 2014 by

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner Senior Master Sgt. Bill Lamela, 729th Airlift Squadron loadmaster from March Air Reserve Base, California, guides a fire truck into a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, during a Patriot Warrior exercise. Patriot Warrior is a joint, field-training exercise for theater aeromedical…

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UltimateMe to help military families get healthier

Posted October 24, 2014 by

The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) is working with the Sharecare team to support the launch of UltimateMe, a secure, personalized online wellness platform to help members of the military community assess, manage and improve their health and performance. The new platform expands the access to wellness programs and resources for service members and…

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Air Force’s updated policy further promotes tobacco-free environments

Posted April 10, 2015 by Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Air Force has led the military in advancing innovative tobacco control policies, such as the tobacco-free medical campus and prohibiting tobacco use outside “designated tobacco areas”. Now, an updated Air Force Instruction, published in March, seeks to further reduce health impacts from smoking, the nation’s leading cause of death. “The Air…

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TRICARE Unchanged by Health Care Ruling, Officials Say

Posted July 6, 2012 by by Karen Parrish

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “has absolutely no impact on our TRICARE program,” a Defense Department spokesperson said, June 29. Navy Cmdr. Leslie Hull-Ryde, spokesperson for personnel and readiness, explained TRICARE is governed by different statutes than civilian health care and is unaffected by the…

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The Doctor Is In – Urgent or Emergency?

Posted December 14, 2012 by by Brig. Gen. W. Bryan Gamble, M.D.

If you or your child gets sick or injured, your first instinct is to go to the emergency room (ER) right away or call 911. These are good instincts in an emergency, but many people use the ER when it is not an actual emergency. This contributes to long ER wait times, high costs, and…

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