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  • PTSD Awareness leads to positive treatment

    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder can be debilitating in some patients, but thanks to advancements in research and the continued training of mental health providers, treatments are getting better all the time.
  • Everyday hero: Airman’s quick thinking saves two from horrific crash

    A sunny afternoon turned tragic when out of nowhere a car sped off a busy road landing nose-down, its velocity flipping it upside down before finally scraping to a halt off the side of the road. Senior Airman Ja’Mesha Pratt, 18th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, had just finished Weighted Airman Promotion System (WAPS) testing when she witnessed the car fly off the side of the road.
  • Coping with stress through healthy thinking

    Stress. Even mention of the word can increase anxiety for some. Everyone deals with stress differently, but how you cope with daily stressors can have great impacts on your quality of life and overall health.
  • Air Force increases access to behavioral health care

    Nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, 80 percent of this population does visit a primary care manager at least once a year. The Air Force Behavioral Health Optimization Program seeks to bridge this gap by providing behavioral health care in a primary care setting.
  • AF continues to monitor Zika virus, infected mosquitoes could hit U.S. this summer

    As the potential for infected mosquitoes to reach the U.S. rises, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infection to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all at-risk communities should prepare for possible Zika virus activity.
  • AF Men’s Health Month promotes better health, better care

    According to the National Institutes of Health, compared to women, men are more likely to smoke, drink, make unhealthy choices and delay regular checkups and medical care. While mental health issues are more common in women, men are much less likely to seek care.Many of the major health risks faced by men can be prevented or treated with early
  • Airmen, Soldiers save lives in local fire

    Service members from 51st Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Wing and the 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade stepped in to aid four local community members and an Airman escape from a building fire in the Songtan shopping district outside Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, April 29. With no help and no other choice available, the residents of the building
  • Hawaii Airman demonstrates resiliency under pressure

    It was a normal day for Airman 1st Class Brandon Mikulak working at the 8th Communications Squadron at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. He took his lunch break in his dorm and was enjoying a piece of leftover birthday cake when he received the call that would change his life. Mikulak was about to encounter several life-changing decisions and, faced
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month in Air Force

    (This is the first AFMS article for the Mental Health Awareness Month series.)Nearly one in five adults, or 43 million Americans, has a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness
  • #notjustApril: PACAF Airmen pledge to ‘know your part, do your part’ during SAAP Month

    Although the Air Force is engaged in eliminating sexual assault 24/7, April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. This year's Department of Defense theme is "know your part, do your part," highlighting that sexual assault is a problem affecting all Airmen.