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Naval Branch Health Clinic Yuma receives Level Three patient-centered medical home recognition

Posted March 29, 2013 by Cpl. Bill Waterstreet

Naval Branch Health Clinic Yuma was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level three Patient-Centered Medical Home, Dec. 31, 2012. “The patient will notice a different level of care in a PCMH, although much of the PCMH teamwork goes on behind the scenes,î said Lt. Cmdr. Greg Whaley, the department head…

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Changes to TRICARE Prime Service Areas

Posted March 1, 2013 by

Prime Service Areas are geographic areas where TRICARE Prime is offered. These PSAs were created to ensure the medical readiness of the active duty force by augmenting the capability of military hospitals and clinics. Effective Oct. 1, 2013, TRICARE Prime will no longer be available to beneficiaries living in certain areas of the United States…

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Corps adds random breathalyzer tests to repertoire of ways to keep Marines accountable

Posted January 10, 2013 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

YUMA, Ariz. – It seems Marines will now face random breathalyzer tests, as well as tests before assuming a duty post, as part of the Alcohol Screening Program. The days of being allowed one beer at lunch are long gone, and now the days of showing up to work with alcohol still in your system…

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Corps initiates new testing protocols for Spice testing

Posted December 13, 2012 by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

A Marine Administrative Message signed by Brig. Gen. R. F. Hedelund, director of Marine and Family Programs Division, announced a change in urinalysis testing for synthetic chemical compounds such as Spice. Urinalysis testing for synthetic compounds is separate and distinct from the urinalysis program all specimens are subjected to in the search of service members…

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No problem: Corps to implement pull-ups for females

Posted December 6, 2012 by Cpl. Michelle Brinn

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — It was intimidating at first. I looked up into the sky at a distance that seemed far too great for me to reach, considering I stand tall at just under five feet. But I was determined. I could do it. I mean, the 70-second flexed-arm hang was a…

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12 Days of Christmas – Safety Style!

Posted December 6, 2012 by Article compiled by the MCAS Yuma Safety Department

1. When putting up Christmas lights at home for the holidays, make sure that all electrical cords are in good condition. Never run cords under the carpet and avoid overloading sockets with many plugs because this can start an electrical fire.   2. When visiting other people’s homes, remember that their homes may not be…

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Flexed arm hang replaced in female PFT

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Effective Jan. 1, 2014, pull-ups will replace the flexed arm (FAH) hang for female Marines running their annual Physical Fitness Test (PFT). This change will take place in two phases, with phase one beginning Jan.1, 2013.  Phase one will serve as a transition period and is intended to allow commanders and individual female Marines to…

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‘Yikes! Is this turkey done?’

Posted November 15, 2012 by Kay Blakley

FORT LEE, Va. – Seeing pink as you’re slicing into your beautifully browned holiday turkey is enough to strike fear into the heart of any cook, no matter how experienced they are. Follow these few tips to avoid that scene this holiday season. First, make sure your turkey is completely thawed before being prepped for…

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Stay organized to reduce stress during disability evaluation process

Posted November 1, 2012 by Tainia Meireles

More than 28,000 Service members, with support from families and caregivers, are currently going through the joint Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs program …

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Tomcats, Eagles team up against drugs

Posted November 1, 2012 by Photo by Cpl. Aaron Diamant

Sgt. Leslie Rodriguez, Marine Attack Squadron 311 career planner, plays basketball with students of Desert View Academy, during the school’s red ribbon week carnival, Oct. 26. The Marines taking part in the event had visited the school several times throughout the week, judging dress up days as part of the nation’s oldest anti-drug campaign. The…

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