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Army Wellness Center improves Soldier readiness, family health

Posted April 1, 2016 by Story and photo by Michael Beaton, Public Affairs

According to current statistics, the bottom 25 percent of the Army has issues meeting required standards or is borderline to meeting them. Fortunately, the personnel who make up the Fort Irwin Army Wellness Center teams are highly trained, motivated professionals, who can impact Soldier readiness, improve health and help servicemembers to meet – and exceed…

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Be aware of hidden fire hazards

Posted January 8, 2016 by Submitted by Kim Garcia, Safety Office

Fire hazards are often difficult to spot – they may be hidden from view, or they may involve chemical processes that are unknown to you. A fire needs fuel, oxygen and ignition to burn. You might be surprised at some of the types of fuel, sources of oxygen and causes of ignition which can start…

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Health Related Behaviors Survey launches worldwide

Posted January 8, 2016 by By TRICARE.mil staff

Active duty servicemembers will be randomly selected to represent their service branch and complete an anonymous Health Related Behaviors Survey. The survey, accessed online, takes about 40 minutes to complete. The HRBS is used to measure health-related behaviors and lifestyles of military personnel that have the potential to impact readiness. Participation in the survey is…

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The Great American SMOKEOUT is Nov. 19

Posted November 6, 2015 by

TIME TO QUIT? The Weed Army Community Hospital no-cost Smoking Cessation program Are you a smoker thinking of quitting? It’s your decision, but there are plenty of people who support it, including your family, co-workers and the staff of the Weed Army Community Hospital on Fort Irwin. Whether your plan is to go “cold turkey”…

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New addition to your Army Health Benefits arrives Nov. 19

Posted November 6, 2015 by

Soldiers, civilians and family members are invited to attend the ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony of the new Fort Irwin Army Wellness Center at 11 a.m., Nov. 19. The state-of-the-art wellness facility will be an integral part of the recently renovated garrison Resiliency Center that opened in June. It is located in building 127, at…

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Health concerns while traveling? Call the Nurse Advice Line wherever you are!

Posted November 6, 2015 by

The leaves are turning orange and red, and it’s time to store the flip-flops and tank tops, but that doesn’t mean travel season is over. Fall is here, and that means weekend trips and holidays for the military family. If you and your family have a medical problem while traveling this fall you can call…

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If a disaster strikes, are you prepared?

Posted November 6, 2015 by Submitted by Kim Garcia, Safety Office

Disaster can strike without warning, forcing you, your family, and animals to go for days without basic necessities or to evacuate your home. You need to be prepared! Relief workers will be on the scene following a disaster, but may not be able to reach you immediately. Knowing some simple tips can greatly reduce the…

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Unit leaders discuss SHARP topics

Posted November 6, 2015 by Story and photo by Gustavo Bahena

Company-level unit leaders gathered to discuss about and make recommendations in the battle against sexual assault and sexual harassment during a conference here in September. Approximately 200 Company commanders, first sergeants and platoon leaders deliberated, within five working groups, a specific problem or question. The conference was hosted by staff of the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response…

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New law requires TRICARE beneficiaries to refill some drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or pay full cost.

Posted October 13, 2015 by

Starting Oct.1, a new law requires that all TRICARE beneficiaries, except active duty servicemembers, get select brand name maintenance drugs through either TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or from a military pharmacy. Beneficiaries who keep using a retail pharmacy for these drugs will have to pay the full cost. The TRICARE pharmacy contractor, Express Scripts, will…

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Sleep issues bedeviling Soldiers’ health

Posted October 13, 2015 by By David Vergun

WASHINGTON (Sept. 10) – “I didn’t realize that all this time I’ve been in a formation of drunks,” the noncommissioned officer, or NCO, told Lt. Col. Kate E. Van Arman. The NCO was referring to a quote Van Arman repeated to him from her top boss, Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho:…

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