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Default Air Force Logo Suicide prevention: A leadership challenge for all
Every time a life is lost in Pacific Air Forces I am alerted. All are tragic in different ways, but among the most troubling is when it involves a suicide. During the course of my 35 years on active duty, I've learned that we cannot prevent every suicide attempt. More importantly, I've learned that we can prevent many through good
0 6/12
2009
Programs like the "You Matter" campaign at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., are focused both on people contemplating suicide and on those who suspect someone may be at risk.  (U.S. Air Force graphic) AFMC senior leader reflects on suicide close to home
With a phone call on the night of Jan. 29, the "You Matter" suicide campaign at Robins suddenly became more personal to Maj. Gen. Polly Peyer. The commander of Warner Robins Air Logistics Center suspected something was wrong when the phone rang at 9 p.m. because most people who would be calling her know that she goes to bed early. The voice on the
0 5/26
2009
Default Air Force Logo Maxwell nurse has three reasons to celebrate Mother’s Day
Maj. Lynn A. Ammon, family nurse practitioner at the 42nd Medical Group, had three reasons to celebrate on Mother's Day. With the special occasion, it was also part of National Nurse's Week and she was now back with her family after a recent, six-month deployment to Afghanistan. As a mother of two, the Purdue University graduate said she has lots
0 5/26
2009
Tech. Sgt. Duwayne Foster and Staff Sgt. Rommel Hernandez run an operations check on the new hearing test booth April 30 at an air base in Southwest Asia. The base is the first in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility to have a hearing test booth. Sergeant Foster is the NCO in charge of public health for the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group, and is a native of Mobile, Ala. Sergeant Hernandez is the assistant NCO in charge of public health and hails from Arlington, Va. Both are deployed from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Joshua Garcia) 
Public health maintains high standards, healthy force
Airmen in the 379th Expeditionary Medical Group constantly monitor the health of all individuals and check to see if illnesses of base personnel are isolated incidents or part of a trend at this air base in Southwest Asia. "Our main role is the prevention and control of communicable diseases," said Capt. Cesar Romero, the 379th Expeditionary
0 5/15
2009
Default Air Force Logo Screening program prompts fast swine flu identification
The Defense Department's worldwide influenza monitoring program and decisive action by the medical staff at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, are being credited with helping to identify two cases of swine flu early to help prevent a potential spread. Two 16-year-old boys, both military family members and students at Steele High School in Cibolo,
0 4/29
2009
Mr. Michael Griffith, 59 Medical Wing safety specialist, checks that the monthly fire extinguisher inspection is current  April 2, 2009 on one of the many extinguishers located throughout  Wilford Hall Medical Center.  Mr. Griffith won the Air Education and Training Command "Well Done Award." (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Robert Barnett) Safety specialist wins AETC award
Mr. Michael Griffith, occupational safety specialist at Wilford Hall Medical Center, recently won the Air Education and Training Command "Well Done Award." The award recognizes an individual who makes a significant contribution that affects the overall mishap prevention activities of flight, ground, or weapons safety, and who prevents a mishap or
0 4/29
2009
Default Air Force Logo Chairman cites need for more 'dwell time' between deployments
The nation's top military officer expressed concern here about servicemembers and their families "toughing it out" with frequent deployments and little time together between those deployments. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talked about the stresses of war and a variety of other topics in a town-hall meeting Feb. 19
0 3/02
2009
Default Air Force Logo Suicide prevention hotline saves veterans' lives
Help is only a phone call away for military veterans considering suicide. Nearly 100,000 veterans, family members or friends of veterans have reached out for help by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. The hotline was launched July 2007. The VA initiative is part of a collaborative effort with
0 3/02
2009
Capt. (Dr.) John Symons, Capt. (Dr.) Ben Morrow, and Capt. (Dr.) Ian Stewart prepare to buzz in their answers during the Jeopardy/Challenge Bowl on Nov. 21.  Dr. Symons, an Army internal medicine resident, and his Air Force teammates won first place during the Air Force competition which was part of the Army/Air Force American College of Physicians annual meeting.  (U.S. Photo by Capt. Eric Flynt) WHMC medical residents dominate ACP competition
Wilford Hall Medical Center internal medicine residents walked away with top awards during the annual Army/Air Force American College of Physicians meeting. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, Md., Nov. 20-23. Several years ago, the Army and Air Force began conducting a joint ACP meeting each year. However, the two chapters remain
0 1/07
2009
Default Air Force Logo Elmendorf medics treat TBI victims
The 3rd Medical Group currently houses a traumatic brain injury center where Elmendorf medical professionals have seen and treated more than 1,500 patients than the average practitioner sees at Elmendorf AFB. TBI - as it is more commonly known - has become known as one of the most significant public health problems in the United States, and has
0 12/03
2008
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