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  • Freeing yourself from smokeless tobacco

    What’s a good line of attack when I want to quit smokeless tobacco?Quitting smokeless tobacco has a lot in common with quitting smoking. You will need to get support of family and friends, as well as follow the same four steps to quitting, including: thinking about quitting, preparing to quit, quitting, and staying quit. No one ever said quitting
  • Electronic cigarettes—let’s clear the air

    The rise of electronic cigarettes, marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes, has sparked a growing debate: do electronic cigarettes, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, offer a healthy alternative to smoking?Could they be used as a quitting aid? Should minors be allowed to use e-cigs? The research is not yet conclusive, but the not-so-smoky
  • Red Ribbon Campaign teaches children about the dangers of drugs

    The Red Ribbon Campaign, now the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, was sparked when DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mexico.Thirty years have passed since Kiki’s tragic death, and the Red Ribbon Campaign has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.Wearing the
  • 15th OWS advises aircrews during Hurricane Matthew

    Hurricane Matthew was responsible for billions of dollars worth of damage in addition to claiming hundreds of lives.As it rolled through the Caribbean and the Bahamas, millions of Floridians evacuated Florida’s east coast as the tropical system inched closer to the United States.As Hurricane Matthew creeped along the East Coast, concerns grew for
  • Instilling Halloween safety and traditions

    Halloween typically brings thoughts of scary things.  For parents, that may include excess Halloween candies.  Consider starting a tradition which incorporates more healthful treats than candies.  A Halloween cookie or cupcake event in your own kitchen can be a fun way to get the family together.  This is also a good time to teach your children
  • Ensuring cyber security for the Nation’s critical infrastructure

    Critical infrastructure has been one of the primary targets for cyber attacks in the U.S. for several years, but most people don’t understand the definition of critical infrastructure. Critical infrastructure are those things that sustain our way of life, like energy systems, healthcare, emergency services such as police and fire, as well as our
  • Preparing for a different battle

    Cathy Curry, wife of the 375th Medical Group Commander Col. Douglas Curry, is no stranger to the importance of getting a yearly mammogram. At 45 and considered low-risk, Curry was diagnosed with breast cancer on Dec. 3, 2015, exactly a month after abnormal calcifications were first detected via her yearly exam. “I just never thought it would happen
  • Identifying and combating cybercrime

    Cybercrime feels rampant in the world today. Whether affecting Target, the office of personnel management, or presidential campaigns, there never seems to be a shortage of reporting on the latest “theft” by some ghost. The latest trend is ransomware, where a victim’s computer is rendered useless until they pay a ransom. I first ran into ransomware
  • Command chief carries on Hispanic legacy of service

    As one of the 1.2 million Hispanics who’ve served in the military, Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Miranda, 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing Command Chief, is keeping a legacy of devotion to country alive and well. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he chose the Profession of Arms at age 17. “To this date, my parents are very proud that I serve our
  • Two brothers, one mission: Service Before Self

    What greater contribution can a family make than to make the commitment of service to the Air Force and the nation? That is exactly what twin brothers Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Jackson and Tech. Sgt. Nathan Jackson have done. Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the brothers shared a love of football, basketball, tennis, chess, and most of all — family!
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