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  • Consequences of tobacco use

    When you visit the 354th Dental Clinic for your annual exam, we are obviously interested in the condition of your teeth and gums. However, there is more to your dental exam than us asking, "How often do you floss?"It may surprise you to learn that you also receive a comprehensive oral cancer screening during your examination.Do these questions
  • To mammogram or not to mammogram...that is the question

    In 2009 the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidance regarding the recommended frequency of mammograms. USPSTF are experts funded, staffed, and appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They examine and review evidence and make recommendations regarding preventive services.Among the changes made was a
  • Setting the Example

    Quite often the phrase "lead by example" is used in reference to taking specific actions that are intended to set a particular example for an organization or subordinates. However, whether it is desired or not, the reality is that leading by example is something that happens all day, every day.Failing to understand this fact can have significant
  • Take time to analyze fitness

    "They don't pay you to do this in private practice," I told a doctor who was unhappy about a wing run at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.In the end he agreed and he decided to enjoy the wing run.It is easy for me to point out to medics the benefit of working for an organization that cares about your health and wellness as opposed to one that just makes
  • Survival checklist: Are you ready?

    Are you prepared to protect yourself or your family from an active shooter? An active shooter is defined as "... an armed person who uses deadly physical force on other persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims." "Active shooter" incidents are more common place in today's society. Community size,
  • Recognition

    Ours is a profession where recognition can present itself in great spectrum - everywhere from being wrapped in bright ceremony by the masses carrying banners of appreciation, to the subtle handshake from an unknown admirer at a cafe.All of it, we have learned is to be taken in with great modesty. When we are asked to express our feelings about our
  • October is Energy Awareness Month!

    If you hunt, fish, or grow your own vegetables, you understand where food comes from, and it is not from the grocery store. Do you have the same understanding and appreciation of where the electricity and heat that runs your building comes from?Here, we have a unique opportunity to see firsthand how energy is made and where it comes from. Next time
  • OPSEC as a Defensive Posture

    As the weather starts to grow cold, and Team Eielson gets ready to welcome yet another Alaskan winter, we need to remember to take some time and....watch some football! While, we're at home rooting for our favorite teams to play better offense or defense, we need to ensure we're playing our best defense to protect Critical Information.OPSEC is a
  • Protect your family from fire!

    What's the best way to protect your family from fire? Be ahead of the game, of course.With more than 360,000 residential fires reported in the United States in 2009, according to the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association, your best defense is a good offense. That's why Eielson's Fire Department is teaming up with the NFPA Oct. 9 through
  • Holocaust remembrance month: remembering Berga

    April is Holocaust remembrance month, and as military members, it's important to take a few moments to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who came before us.Many are not aware that during WWII about 2,200 American POWs were taken by the Germans in the first week of the Battle of the Bulge. These soldiers were taken to Nazi concentration camps,