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Preventative healthcare: Key to overall wellness

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Mellissa Urban, 99th Medical Group contracted licensed practical nurse, gives a vaccination to Tech. Sgt. Allan Habel, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds quality assurance inspector, at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. Receiving immunizations for preventable diseases is one…

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Leadership Lessons: Do you know our Air Force Heritage?

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. — On June 28, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist. One month later on July 28, the Austrian-Hungary Empire declared war on Serbia and by mid-August the great powers of Europe would be embroiled in war. Within a short time…

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99th CES ‘plumbers’ keep mission flowing

U.S. Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika Staff Sgt. Alan Franklin, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuels systems maintenance craftsman, uses a hand auger, or plumbing snake, to unclog a drain pipe at the Nellis Inn on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 19. The pipe Franklin was unclogging was the main…

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Civil Air Patrol cadets gain insight on Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Tam Maj. Jason Curtis, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron no. 6 pilot, interacts with Civil Air Patrol cadets at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 18. The CAP cadets were visiting the base to tour the Thunderbirds museum and the Threat Training Facility to gain more…

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Microchips help return lost furry friends

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Dr. Michael Simpson, a Department of Army Civilian Veterinary medical officer, scans ‘P.J.,’ a military working dog, for a microchip number at the Nellis Veterinary Treatment Facility at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 20. Military working dogs are required to have microchips due to…


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Anonymous crime tips possible with mobile app

Posted  April 5, 2013

(AFNS) — Suspicious or illegal activity can now be anonymously reported directly to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations using a mobile phone application or by texting ‘AFOSI’ and the tip to 274637, CRIMES, in an SMS text message. AFOSI launched these methods to capitalize on cyberspace capabilities and engage the Air Force community…

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DOD works to ensure access for special needs families

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFPS) — Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care. The Exceptional Family Member…

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Air Force reservists, retirees eligible for TRICARE healthcare programs

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — TRICARE has affordable healthcare programs available for all Air Force Reserve retirees – including “gray-area retirees” and actively-participating Air Force reservists, no matter what orders they are on. Reservists who retire before age 60 are eligible for TRICARE Retired Reserve coverage while they are in the “gray area.” This is the waiting…

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Ask the Doc

Posted  April 5, 2013

Q. I am a TRICARE for Life beneficiary; what do I have to do with the transition to United Healthcare? A. During the transition to United Healthcare Military and Veterans, Welcome Packets were sent to all TRICARE beneficiaries in the TRICARE West Region. Included in that mailing were TRICARE for Life beneficiaries. These packets were…

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Mission focus vs. mission detractors

Posted  April 5, 2013

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — Our mission to fly, fight and win in numerous environments requires intense focus … minute by minute. If we lose this focus, we risk our mission. Red Flag 13-3 just finished. During this demanding time, we all safely accomplished weapons school, advanced operational tests, Thunderbird season preparation, aggressor operations…

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Sexual assault has no place in DOD, official says

Posted  April 5, 2013

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Sexual assault has no place in the Defense Department, a senior Pentagon official said April 2 here, calling on the workforce to be part of the solution. In a keynote address kicking off Aberdeen Proving Ground’s observance of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and…

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Hagel announces fewer furlough days for civilians

Posted  April 5, 2013

Courtesy Photo Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon March 28. Hagel and Dempsey discussed the ongoing sequester affecting the Defense Department’s budget. WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has revised from 22 to 14 the number of days hundreds of…

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Airman Leadership School Class 13-C graduates 64

Posted  April 5, 2013

Sixty four Airmen completed their first Professional Military Education milestone by graduating Airman Leadership School Class 13-C on March 28. Class 13-C’s Award winners are: John L. Levitow Award: Senior Airman Matthew Butler – 432nd Operations Support Squadron; Distinguished Graduates: Senior Airman Scott Molino – 57th Maintenance Squadron; Senior Airman Richard Neuharth – 57th OSS;…

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Airman lives wingman concept by saving life of another Airman

Posted  April 5, 2013

While on patrol the night of Oct. 4, 2012, a 99th Security Forces Squadron staff sergeant responded to an entry controller’s call of someone behaving erratically outside the main gate....

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RED HORSE hones explosive skills

Posted  April 5, 2013

  Measuring the depth of a borehole . . . RED HORSE members, measure the depth of a borehole at the 820th RED HORSE rock quarry March 28 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The 820th RED HORSE special capabilities program holds four classes a year teaching basic introduction to explosives and quarry blasting for…

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