Health & Safety

Fire Prevention Week 2017: Fort Irwin Fire Department Encourages Home Escape Plans

Posted October 6, 2017 by

You and your family are fast asleep when the smoke alarm sounds: Do you know what to do? FORT IRWIN, Calif­. — Consider this scenario: It is 2 o’clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you…

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Take action to make a smooth transition with TRICARE in 2018

Posted September 22, 2017 by

Air Force image You may be wondering what action you need to take, if any, to ensure you continue TRICARE coverage in 2018. Some beneficiaries will need to take action, but most will not. If you’re currently enrolled in or eligible for TRICARE coverage on Dec. 31, 2017, you’ll transition to your respective TRICARE plan…

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September is National Suicide Awareness Prevention Month

Posted September 1, 2017 by by Sandra Class

Each September, the Armed Forces recognize National Suicide Prevention Month. In support of this National observance, various activities are scheduled throughout the month to focus on the wellness of the community. The Army’s Ready and Resilient efforts will leverage the month of September as a communication opportunity to amplify its Ready and Resilient (R2) messaging…

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Army launches holistic health and fitness initiative

Posted July 28, 2017 by Joseph Lacdan

The Army has more obese Soldiers than ever before, and to address the problem, senior Army leaders discussed a holistic approach that includes vegan options at dining facilities and box breakfasts at fitness centers.

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On the modern battlefield, ordinary Soldiers must also prepare to be frontline medics

Posted July 26, 2017 by David Vergun

When Lt. Gen. Sean B. MacFarland left Afghanistan in 2013, he said he remembers troops there had an expectation that medevac helicopters would evacuate the wounded within the so-called "golden hour"

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Maintenance Mayhem – Breaking the Cycle

Posted May 12, 2017 by Lori Yerdon

Army photograph Although the number of Army accidental fatalities has steadily declined over the past several years, Soldiers are still injuring themselves in preventable accidents. Ever heard the saying, “Be sure to use the right tool for the right job?” That’s sound advice in the Army since most military occupational specialties rely heavily on equipment…

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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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