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‘Only you can prevent forest fires:’ Southern Nevada under fire restrictions

Posted May 30, 2014 by Tech. Sgt. Monique R. Wright

U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler The summer season is the time to unwind, but not a time to get complacent with fire safety. Fire restrictions were implemented in Southern Nevada on May 16. For more info on fire restrictions go to, http://www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/fire-2014.htm or http://forestry.nv.gov/fire-program/current-fire-restrictions/. NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev….

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Play it safe this summer

Posted May 30, 2014 by Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika

Vincent Tracy, 99th Force Support Squadron recreational aide, poses with various sports equipment May 27 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Nellis members are reminded to take all necessary precautions to avoid injuries, including wearing required safety gear and staying properly hydrated. From June 2009 to September 2013, there were more than 4,000 sports-related injuries…

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Health fair targets path to healthier life

Posted May 30, 2014 by Senior Airman Timothy Young

Courtesy graphic NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The fitness center and the health and wellness center are scheduled to host a health fair here May 30 at the Warrior Fitness Center. The health fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is open to anyone with base access. Opportunities provided during…

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Air Force mental health programs encourage seeking help

Posted May 30, 2014 by Larine Barr

WASHINGTON — The number of Airmen seeking mental health care has increased over the last five years – and this is a trend Air Force leaders encourage, according to a lead psychiatrist with the office of the Air Force Surgeon General. A mental health encounters report issued by the Air Force Medical Operations Agency noted…

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Hagel orders comprehensive military health system review

Posted May 30, 2014 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a comprehensive review of the Military Health System. Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, will lead the review, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. The review, Kirby said, will focus on access to care and an assessment of…

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Ask the Doc

Posted May 30, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q.“How do I file a medical appeal?” A.To file a medical appeal, follow the instructions on your explanation of benefits or determination letter for your denied claim. Send your appeal to your regional contractor. See below for the address. North Region Health Net Federal Services, LLC. TRICARE Claim Appeals P.O. Box 105266 Atlanta, GA 30348 Health…

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Motorcycle safety: Live to ride, dress to live

Posted May 23, 2014 by 99th Air Base Wing Safety Office

Tech. Sgt. Kevin Garces, 99th Air Base Wing executive assistant to the command chief, demonstrates the proper motorcycle safety gear for military members to wear while riding May 20 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Critical Days of Summer are approaching and motorcycle safety is an issue, when riding always wear long pants, long…

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Ask the Doc

Posted May 23, 2014 by 99th Medical Group

Q.“How much are the premiums for the Continued Health Care Benefit Program?” A.We update premium rates annually. The current premiums are: Fiscal Year 2014* Individual Coverage   $1,193 per quarter Family Coverage  $2,682 per quarter * The fiscal year begins Oct. 1 and ends Sept. 30. For example, fiscal year 2014 begins Oct. 1, 2013, and…

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Pilot aids downed colleague after mid-air collision

Posted May 16, 2014 by Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Siuta B. Ika Capt. Gregory Farrell, 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon operational test instructor pilot, poses for a photo at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., May 13. Farrell was recently awarded the Aviation Safety Well Done Award for responding to a mid-air collision while he…

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Parkinson’s traveler runs for awareness

Posted May 16, 2014 by Senior Airman Christopher Tam

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Col. Marcus Cranston, 99th Medical Group director of medical education endocrinology and preventive medicine, starts a four-mile run May 7, 2014, in Las Vegas. Starting April 4, Cranston ran four miles in 44 different countries over the course of four weeks to raise awareness for Parkinson’s…

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