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Christmas Tree Safety

Posted December 6, 2012 by National Fire Protection Association

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Picking the tree: Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing the tree: Before placing the tree in the stand, cut two inches…

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Keeping the flu bug away

Posted November 1, 2013 by Les Ozawa

Captain Liza Bortz, of Weed Army Community Hospital’s Preventive Medicine department, administers a flu vaccination to National Training Center’s Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Ted Martin. Martin was one of the first Soldiers to be vaccinated at Fort Irwin as part of the Army’s seasonal influenza vaccination program. He vowed, “The National Training Center and Fort…

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Posted May 3, 2012 by anradmin

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was initiated on Sept. 24, 2010 by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. It encouraged American citizens to turn in unused or expired prescribed medication for proper disposal. In order to maintain combat readiness, it is imperative that Department of…

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NTC and Fort Irwin Stand Down for Suicide Prevention

Posted September 27, 2012 by Michael Duncan

The National Training Center and Fort Irwin conducted it’s “Stand Down” in support of suicide prevention, Sept. 18. Today, Soldiers from all other installations and serving around the world, will be “Standing Down” to participate in the suicide prevention campaign. The National Training Center and Fort Irwin welcomed acclaimed author and speaker Beverly Cobain during…

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The dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse

Posted April 5, 2013 by Ronny Hester

Prescription drug abuse has become the number one drug problem among young Americans. Nearly seven million Americans are abusing prescription drugs—more than the number who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy, and inhalants, combined. Narcotic pain-relief prescriptions for injured United States troops have jumped from 30,000 a month to 50,000 since the Iraq war began,…

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Walk-in service at TRICARE Service Center ends April 1

Posted March 10, 2014 by

Keeping up with the rapidly increasing number of TRICARE beneficiaries, who most often turn to a laptop or cell phone when they have questions, walk-in service at Weed Army Community Hospital’s TRICARE Service Center, here, will no longer be available as of April 1. Find out more at www.tricare.mil/TSC. Patients of WACH still have a wide variety of secure, electronic customer service options…

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Quarterly domestic water notice

Posted June 28, 2012 by Updated June 13, 2012

Fort Irwin’s water system is operated under a privatization contract with CH2MHill. As the system ownership is not transferred to CH2MHill, compliance responsibilities still reside with the U.S. Army. Fort Irwin has two water systems: a Reverse Osmosis or RO System and a domestic use system or DU system. The domestic use (DU) water is…

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Lifestyle changes part of overall plan to prevent breast cancer

Posted October 25, 2012 by Lt. Col. Crystal House

Although more and more people are becoming aware of the fact that breast cancer is a significant concern for females across the population, many fail to realize the role lifestyle plays in its prevention and management. Recent evidence supports the link between obesity and breast cancer risk. Thus, controlling one’s weight would also contribute to…

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Medical Service Corps supporting the nation’s defense missions for 96 years

Posted August 2, 2013 by Serina Viers

Courtesy photo Pictured are commissioned officers serving with United States Army Medical Department Activity, here. They also are part of the Army’s Medical Service Corps, which celebrated its 96th birthday, June 30. The Medical Service Corps is comprised of a wide diversity of medical administrative, scientific, and provider specialties ranging from the management and support…

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Sleep critical to good health

Posted June 6, 2014 by Maj. Robin Shelton,

Adequate sleep plays a critical role in maintaining one’s health. Yet, 42 percent of military personnel are getting less than five hours of sleep per night according to researchers at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. This particular study revealed various sleep disorders among active duty military members including sleep apnea, insomnia, and behaviorally…

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