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Help available for those grieving loss of friend, loved one

Posted May 15, 2015 by Elaine Valentine

The death of a service member or family member can be a devastating experience, especially in our tight knit military community. Everybody is professionally or personally interrelated to everyone else, and at the end of the day, we all depend on one another to support the mission and each other. Yet whether the death of someone you…

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There is no such thing as earthquake season

Posted July 27, 2012 by by Robert J. Kaschak

The United States Gological Survey website reported Rancho Cucamonga received a 3.2 magnitude earthquake, July 19. Since we cannot predict the time, place and magnitude of an earthquake, we must remain cognizant of the reality that this could be the prelude to a much bigger event. When preparing for an earthquake, education is paramount because…

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Thrift Savings Plan officials warn against unsanctioned app

Posted March 15, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A free iPhone app for the Thrift Savings Plan, available at the Apple App Store could pose a security risk, program officials warned. A notice on the Thrift Savings Plan website says the “TSP Funds” app, which asks participants for their account login information, is not sanctioned. “This app is not being…

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Sexual assault stand down

Posted August 30, 2013 by

Throughout the month of August, March units participated in SECDEF-directed, sexual assault stand-down training. From feedback received, the training was a great success with members reporting that the sessions were informative and helped them understand how these issues can negatively affect the unit as a whole. These crimes directly impact our mission readiness as we…

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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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Regular exercise can help kids do better in school

Posted August 8, 2014 by

Photo courtesy/StatePoint Media (StatePoint) Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evidence supports the notion that a bit of exercise for the body is beneficial to the brain as well. In fact, kindergarteners who participated in Build Our Kids’…

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Finding, keeping focus on the motivation to quit smoking

Posted January 23, 2015 by Senior Airman Jaimi L. Upthegrove

U.S. Air Force graphic /Senior Airman Jaimi L. Upthegrove “I can smell it, and it makes me nauseous,” he said. “I can’t kiss you or even be around you. This has to stop.” That was the exact moment I knew it was time to get serious about quitting smoking. When my husband and I were…

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FDA clears new traumatic brain injury assessment device

Posted July 10, 2015 by Ms. Crystal Maynard

The Ahead 200 uses commercial smartphone technology to analyze a patient’s brain activity for signs of a traumatic brain injury within 24 hours of the injury. FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas — A new handheld medical device for analyzing brain injuries has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or FDA. In May 2015,…

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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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