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  • SARC helps deployed servicemembers respond to crisis

    Air Force Sexual Assault Response Coordinators will be stressing education and awareness about sexual assault throughout the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Those deployed, with a three-drink-a-night limit on alcohol and General Order 1 applying to their interactions with members of the opposite sex, may think assault is
  • Airmen treat Iraqi children injured in mortar attack

    Air Force Theater Hospital Airmen here helped save the lives of seven Iraqi children who were playing soccer when they were wounded in an attack by insurgents Feb. 19 in Al Jumia, Iraq. The seven wounded children were transported to the base and were treated for various injuries. Two were treated for minor injuries and released; five required
  • Center gears up for mental health, traumatic brain injuries

    Army Col. (Dr.) Loree Sutton is a woman on a mission. The military psychiatrist has, for the last month, ricocheted across the Capital Beltway landscape and beyond, setting up a Defense Department office that will, for the first time, bring together the best of the best relating to psychological health and brain injury treatment. "I drink bad
  • Reintegration begins now for Airmen returning home

    Long before bags are packed, replacements are in place and final out-processing is complete, redeployment preparations begin for Airmen. Redeployment preparations here help with reintegration at home station, said Chaplain (Capt.) Cliff Jones. "Our focus is continuity of care," he said. "We want to make sure people are handed off and not dropped
  • Sensors may lead to faster treatment for traumatic brain injuries

    While it still may be years away, military medical officials hope to one day place a sensor on every troop that would measure a blast's impact and alert a combat medic to the possibility of a brain injury. The latest fielding of helmets fitted with blast sensors to troops deploying to combat could be the first step to gathering the data to support
  • Patient safety checks at Air Force hospital scores top DoD Award

    The 59th Medical Wing leads the Department of Defense in patient safety for significantly reducing the chances for inpatient suicides among high risk people. The 59th Mental Health Squadron's winning initiative, "Nurse/Mental Health Technician Change of Shift Safety Checks," led by Capt. Jose Sanchez, placed first in the category of improvement to
  • Officials offer programs for domestic violence awareness

    While stress is not the sole cause, it can be a major contributor to domestic violence among Air Force members and their families, according to Air Force family advocacy experts. In 2006, there were 3,914 reports of domestic abuse involving Airmen as either the victim or offender. Of those, 50 percent met Air Force criteria for maltreatment of a
  • Online resource can help deal with life's challenges

    A new online educational resource offers Tricare beneficiaries a secure, safe environment to seek information, educational materials and self-assessment tools on behavioral health, addiction and recovery, life events and daily living skills. "AchieveSolutions" can be accessed through the behavioral health link in the beneficiary resources area of
  • Letter to Airmen focuses on stress and prevention

    -- In the latest Letter to Airmen, the secretary of the Air Force focuses on how Air Force people can stem the rising number of suicides in the Air Force by taking care of each other. "In stressful times such as these, with so many Airmen deployed and with so many others pushed to the breaking point, it is vital that we all understand that we are
  • LRMC receives Level II trauma center verification

    The American College of Surgeons has verified Landstuhl Regional Medical Center as a Level II Trauma Center, making it the only medical facility outside the United States to hold that distinction and only one of three Level II trauma centers in the Department of Defense. The July 16 verification means LRMC complies with 230 criteria focused on
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