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  • Electronic coordination of claims enhances Tricare pharmacy benefit

    Tricare beneficiaries with other health insurance no longer have to file paper claims for prescriptions filled at most retail pharmacies. Retail pharmacists can immediately submit electronic claims to TRICARE when a beneficiary purchases medications. "It is a great example of how collaboration with our pharmacy contractor significantly enhances our
  • FLTCIP offers insurance alternative

    The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program offers individuals eligible for the program, which included military retired members, an option when purchasing long-term care insurance. The insurance policy helps defray the cost of in home, nursing home or assisted-living facility care for people who cannot care for themselves due to chronic-health
  • Generic drugs: Are they safe?

    All generic drugs in the United States must go through the Food and Drug Administration's rigorous approval process to make sure they are chemically identical to the brand-name drug. The truth is that generics give you the same medicine and the same results as their brand-name counterparts. Same medicine, same results. The FDA requires
  • Exchange Select products stretch customers' dollars

    With energy prices cutting deeper into the pocket book, consumers are searching for ways to cut costs in other areas. They need to look no further than the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's Exchange Select line with 489 different items, according to AAFES officials, noting that customers can save an average of 50 percent over national brand
  • VA adds maps to online gravesite locator

    Grave locations of more than 3 million veterans and dependents buried in national cemeteries can be found more easily now because the Department of Veterans Affairs has added maps of burial sections online that can be printed from home computers and at national cemetery kiosks. The latest improvement builds upon a service begun two years ago with a
  • Stolen VA laptop, external hard drive recovered

    The Veterans Administration OIG, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Montgomery County Police Department announced June 29 the recovery of the stolen laptop computer and the external hard drive taken during a burglary May 3. The electronic equipment contained sensitive information concerning more than 26 million veterans and the recovery
  • Direct hire authority offers civilian recruitment flexibilities

    Direct hire authority provides Air Force managers the capability to hire employees when the Office of Personnel Management determines a severe candidate shortage or critical hiring need exists. Working with civilian personnel flight specialists, the program allows managers to recruit and hire applicants from the general public, whether or not
  • VA to offer free credit monitoring

    As part of the continuing efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to protect and assist those potentially affected by the recent data theft that occurred at an employee's Maryland home, Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson announced that VA will provide one year of free credit monitoring to people whose sensitive personal
  • Tricare records increase in mail order pharmacy usage

    In April, the Tricare Management Activity recorded the highest percentage of customers using its mail order pharmacy program since 2003. Currently, Tricare fills slightly less than 7 percent of beneficiary prescriptions through the mail order pharmacy. The Department of Defense expects to increase the mail order market share to 10 percent by the
  • Senate approves amendment barring Tricare retail pharmacy hikes

    The Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) that would bar the Department of Defense from increasing pharmacy copays in the Tricare retail network through fiscal 2007. The Lautenberg amendment was introduced in opposition to a provision in the fiscal 2007 Defense Authorization Bill (S.2766), as drafted by the Senate Armed


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DYK: Aircraft have lifespans! Like humans, they require check-ups in the form of maintenance inspections to prolong their ability to fly. These "checks" prevent in-flight system failures which ultimately protects aircrew and passengers. Learn more from the 86th Maintenance Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany on what it takes to correct issues so aircraft can stay airborne.
WATCH: United States Air Force pilots talk about the importance of Exercise Saber Strike 18 as they refuel over the Baltic Sea on June 18, 2018. Saber Strike 18 is a long-standing training exercise designed to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and our allies. The training focused on improving land and air operational capabilities between the U.S. and our NATO allies. (U.S. Air National Guard video by: Master Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf)
Check out some shots from yesterday's All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game in Washington, D.C. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals U.S. Army
Air Force and U.S. Army coed softball teams render military honors during the playing of the National Anthem during the All-Star Armed Services Classic Championship softball game, Washington, D.C., July 13, 2018. This event, part of MLB’s All-Star Week, pays tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces. Washington Nationals
Great way to lead by example!
The United States Air Force is facing a pilot shortage. To help solve the challenge, the Aircrew Crisis Task Force was recently created to provide strategic direction and actionable recommendations to senior leaders on how to solve the aircrew manning crisis. FULL STORY: https://go.usa.gov/xUb3z
Your United States Air Force news: ✓ A B-52 crew assists in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Guam ✓ An Afghan pilot class graduates in the Czech Republic ✓ The Air Force is using innovative approaches to training pilots to make the process faster and more efficient
Now that’s how weathermen work! Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters fly weather reconnaissance missions into Tropical Storm Chris and Tropical Storm Beryl. http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569944/hurricane-hunters-fly-tropical-storms-beryl-chris/
The F-22 Raptor's combination of stealth, supercruise, maneuverability, and integrated avionics, coupled with improved supportability, represents an exponential leap in warfighting capabilities. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft. Maintaining these aircraft can involve a bit of a learning curve. Airmen at KadenaAirBase use past technology to help learn how to work with the undefeated Raptor. FULL STORY: http://www.kadena.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1567295/hard-to-raptor-head-around/
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The B-52 Stratofortress has sniper pods that provide improved long-range target detection/identification and continuous stabilize surveillance for all missions, including close air support of ground forces. Air Force Global Strike Command crew members on a B-52 were able to spot a historic Pacific Island style canoe so that the U.S. Coast Guard could rescue the six passengers!
For the past 60 years, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has continually helped us maintain a technological edge against our advarsaries. Together with the Air Force Research Laboratory - AFRL, a fusion of ideas is leading to newly highlighted innovations.
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RT @Yankees: Tonight, we celebrated the @usairforce's 71st Birthday with: - Presentation of Colors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard from J…
RT @SecAFOfficial: Preparing for the future with the Air Force We Need. #ViciousHarmony #ASC18 https://t.co/detSNKBxaj
RT @AETCommand: HAPPENING NOW: A 12th Flying Training Wing T-6 Texan II crashed near Rolling Oaks Mall at approximately 4 p.m. today. The…
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.@SecAFOfficial: One of the first things we did was this joint letter to Governors. There are two things we let the… https://t.co/taquHRqgGB