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Army implements new fitness standards for recruits and MOS transfers

Posted January 6, 2017 by David Vergun

On Jan. 3, the Army began administering the Occupational Physical Assessment Test, or OPAT, to all recruits to assess their fitness for military occupational specialties.

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The science behind why you should stop chugging so many energy drinks

Posted December 30, 2016 by Yolanda R. Arrington

We've all seen them before: the cans, small shots and uniquely packaged drinks that promise to give you an energy boost during the most important parts of your day.

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Life-saving Devices in Facilities Near You

Posted December 2, 2016 by Story and Photos by Jason Miller

The Directorate of Emergency Services boosted response time for cardiopulmonary emergencies by installing over 70 Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) across the installation, Nov. 4. The AED’s will be installed in facilities that are known to have foot traffic and all devices will be installed by the end of this month. “I’ve been a paramedic for…

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Here are the details on the new combat tourniquet

Posted October 12, 2016 by Ellen Crown

Makers of the Combat Application Tourniquet™ have updated the design of the widely used tourniquet. The update has resulted in two different versions of the tourniquet currently in use in the field.

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Women can prolong their lives by taking these steps

Posted October 7, 2016 by J.D. Levite

Everyone — children and adults and men and women — should take charge of their own health to ensure they’re able to live a long and healthy life. One of the most important things women can do to maintain good health is schedule an annual Well Woman visit with their healthcare provider.  Well Woman exams…

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WACH Pharmacy offers Self-Care Medications

Posted October 7, 2016 by Kristen Schabert

Feeling achy, sniffly or sneezy? You could purchase cold or pain medications over-the-counter from the exchange, commissary or a local retail store… but did you know, you can also visit your local Army Medicine Pharmacy and pick up these items at no cost to you, without an appointment to see your provider? Weed Army Community…

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Fast facts about fire

Posted September 2, 2016 by emmauribe

Home fires • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours. • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires…

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The weight of war: marching to win means keeping ahead of injury

Posted August 17, 2016 by Veronique Hauschild

In his ancient military treatise "The Art of War," Sun Tzu notes that if you put your army on a forced march at a certain speed, you will lose one-tenth to two-thirds of your troops along the way.

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Stay Healthy and Hydrated with Hidden Sources of Water

Posted August 5, 2016 by

As summer continues here in the Mojave, health experts at Weed Army Community Hospital remind everyone of the importance of staying hydrated. But, did you know there are other ways to up your water intake without just guzzling from the water fountain? Healthcare providers are quick to remind you that human bodies are made up…

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New urgent care pilot program for prime beneficiaries

Posted July 30, 2016 by

To increase access to care, the Department of Defense launched an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program is for: • Active-duty service members, including National Guard or Reserve…

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