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Lottery Sweepstakes Scam

Posted July 6, 2012 by TRICARE program integrity office

TRICARE Program Integrity has become aware of a Lottery Sweepstakes Scam in which fraudulent checks bearing the TRICARE name are being utilized. Individuals are contacted via mail with a letter informing them that they are “winners” of a USA Lottery Sweepstakes for $250,000. Accompanying the letter is a fraudulent check bearing the TRICARE name. The…

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Maintain mission readiness: Combat illness with flu shot!

Posted January 18, 2013 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Influenza, commonly called the “flu,” is a contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system — your nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may also have vomiting and diarrhea. Influenza is a serious disease that…

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Handling the heat, tips for health and home

Posted July 19, 2013 by Robert Kaschak

For the past several weeks, we have focused primarily on heat-related articles, and given that we that we are in the middle of our southern California summer, it seems appropriate that we continue along those lines of thinking. Let’s explore some things you might consider on a personal level in order to cope with the…

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A healthy heart

Posted February 7, 2014 by

February is American Heart Month and this year the Centers for Disease Control is offering weekly tips for better heart health. Every journey begins with one step, whether it’s climbing a mountain or preventing heart disease. Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die…

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Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award announced

Posted July 18, 2014 by DOD News

Defense Department officials today announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions that advance the department’s goals of preventing sexual assault. Core elements of the military’s strategy to prevent sexual assault include the promotion of innovative ideas and enhanced collaboration among the services, officials said. In May, Defense Secretary…

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Agility in a contaminated environment

Posted August 24, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

When the Air Force initially tackled the challenge of protecting personnel and assets from chemical weapons, the process involved placing the entire installation in MOPP 4 condition status. Due to limited knowledge of the threat, we erred on the side of conservatism, which inflicted a heavy burden on the base populace when performing critical tasks….

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Preparing to survive: Family matters

Posted April 5, 2013 by Robert J. Kaschak

Family preparation is paramount for survival during any type of major disaster. In addition to personal issues, other items require attention in the household. One of the serious outcomes of a major earthquake is flying debris. Therefore, it makes good sense to secure items in the home that may become potential hazards during such an…

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Healthy Base Initiative

Posted September 20, 2013 by

Getting Active and Having Fun through Morale, Welfare and Recreation Service members and their families work hard-on duty, at jobs inside and outside the home and at school. When it’s time to play, March Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs offer a huge range of activities, classes and facilities to improve your mental and physical…

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Military officials take aim at tobacco use

Posted April 11, 2014 by Marie-Reine Maroun

Military health officials have set an ambitious goal: to have all Department of Defense installations tobacco-free by the year 2020. That’s one part of a larger effort to cut tobacco use among service members and veterans, said Col. John Oh, Health Promotion chief at the Air Force Medical Support Agency. Tobacco has long been known…

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Suicide Prevention Month: A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

Posted September 5, 2014 by Jonathan Stock

8/27/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends, fellow Airmen and our communities. While Suicide Prevention Month is observed across the United States in September, the month-long event is a reminder of…

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