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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 'Landing Gear' aims to help at-risk Airmen

    Air Force Medical Service officials are releasing a prevention education program that provides focused education specifically targeted at Airmen at risk for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and other deployment-related mental health problems. Entitled Landing Gear, the training fulfills existing requirements for pre-exposure preparation
  • Tricare beneficiaries can 'stay alert' by e-mail

    Officials with the Tricare Management Activity are now providing benefit news electronically. From the latest beneficiary newsletters and changes in coverage, to pharmacy updates and news releases, all 9.2 million Tricare beneficiaries now have an easy way to stay informed by e-mail. A new electronic delivery system is up and running and
  • Traumatic Stress Response: Psychological first aid

    Just as combat medics provide first aid to physical wounds, the Scott Air Force Base Traumatic Stress Response team provides the same care to mental wounds. The 375th Medical Group features a service that can help individual Airmen and units cope with traumatic events, whatever they may be. "This is an Air Force wide program," Capt. Charlene
  • DOD, VA leaders chart way forward for wounded care

    Officials in the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs are diligently working together to solve problems for America's wounded warriors, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee April 24. The two departments are working to "improve support of wounded, ill and injured service members'
  • Officials remain proactive in tackling trainee illnesses

    Lackland Air Force Base officials remain proactive in its efforts to control the occurrence of upper respiratory illness amongst its Basic Military Training population. For the past two years, Lackland AFB has had one of the lowest respiratory illness rates of all Department of Defense military training sites, and base officials reactivated the bed
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