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What is the Special Victim Counsel Program?

Posted February 7, 2014 by Jessaka Menzie

Sexual assault is one of the most pressing and difficult issues in today’s Army. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has noted that sexual assault destroys the fabric of our force and must be addressed in a thoughtful, effective, and systematic manner. As part of the Army’s efforts to combat sexual assault within our…

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Respite care available for families with exceptional family member

Posted February 7, 2014 by Evelyn Sandoval-Villalobos

The Army Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care is a program that provides a temporary rest period for Family members responsible for regular care of persons with disabilities. Care may be provided in the EFMP respite care user’s home. Eligibility is based on EFMP enrollment and exceptional family member’s severe chronic conditions or significant medical…

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2013-2014 flu season update

Posted February 7, 2014 by Maj. Robin Shelton and Capt. Liza Bort

Preventive Medicine Services, here, has once again led the way in providing flu shots during fiscal year 2013-2014. To date, more than 4,000 flu vaccines have been administered to active duty Soldiers and Department of Defense civilians in the Fort Irwin health service area. Our National Training Center‘s current influenza status is 99.4 percent. Way…

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Legal services available for Soldiers during medical boards

Posted January 10, 2014 by Tina Pazienza

Soldiers undergoing a medical evaluation board sometimes feel lost and confused with the significant decisions they have to make that will affect their military careers and the rest of their lives. The Office of Soldiers’ Counsel is the Army’s team of qualified and trained attorneys and paralegals, who assist Soldiers in the Integrated Disability Evaluation…

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The importance of appointment accountability

Posted January 10, 2014 by Pfc. Jodie Wagner

Medical appointments are critical to the continued performance of Soldiers at the National Training Center and Fort Irwin. The staff members of our medical facilities work hard to provide medical attention to Soldiers and family members, so it is extremely important to ensure medical appointments are kept. There are many reasons why maintaining accountability for…

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What to do when it’s c-c-cold

Posted December 6, 2013 by United States Army Combat Readiness Center

For many people, working or playing in cold weather can be a positive experience. You may feel invigorated by the bracing air and feel like doing your work with more physical energy than usual. When you work or play outdoors or in unheated structures during the winter months you are at risk for serious health…

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The ever present coyote on Fort Irwin and how to avoid unnecessary conflicts

Posted December 6, 2013 by Heidi Jo Erickson

A silhouetted coyote howling at the moon is an iconic symbol of the wild American West. Coyotes play an important ecological role by controlling rabbit and small mammal populations. They are opportunistic predators that also eat fruits, insects, and food discarded by humans. Over-abundant coyote populations in proximity to human settlements can lead to several…

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Quarterly domestic water public notice

Posted December 6, 2013 by Chris Woodruff

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 United States Army. Fort Irwin has two water systems. A Reverse Osmosis, or RO system, and a domestic use (DU) system. The DU water is higher than the…

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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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Helping children cope with disaster

Posted November 1, 2013 by David J. Pitts

How to help children cope with the effects of disaster, as well as how to be prepared before a disaster strikes. Children can feel very frightened during a disaster and afterwards some children will show temporary changes of behavior. For most children these changes will be mild, not last long, and diminish with time. However,…

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