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SAMHS releases Labor Day operating hours
August 24, 2020
Aerial of WHASC

Smoking in bed is the leading cause of fire deaths
August 24, 2020
In the United States, smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths, as reported by the U.S. Fire Administration. Some significant deterrents in combatting these unnecessary deaths are smoke alarms, smoldering resistant bedding and upholstered furniture. Smoking material fires are preventable.

Air Force releases technical sergeant/20E6 promotion cycle statistics
August 24, 2020
Blue graphic with Technical Sergeant Stripes

Re-launch of Army app aims at saving lives
August 22, 2020
TRADOC’s “WeCare” app is location/post specific, and it supports the Army’s Suicide Prevention Campaign. It serves as a 24/7 ready resource for those feeling alone and considering suicide, or for those who are concerned about someone and are trying to intervene. The app also provides instructions for reporting sexual assault, and has other useful embedded tools.

For historians, COVID-19’s a big story, but operational focus continues
August 21, 2020
Lane Bourgeois, 12th Flying Training Wing historian, sifts through a pile of historical documents in his office at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph June 12, 2019.

Feds Feed Families campaign offered virtually
August 21, 2020
Feds Feed Families

“Real Talk – Race and Diversity in the Air Force” airs Aug. 28, 5 p.m. on AETC Facebook
August 21, 2020
Real Talk Graphic

San Antonio Military Health System resumes elective surgeries
August 21, 2020
Surgeons perform a procedure at Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Feedback Fridays
August 21, 2020
Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week.

BAMC institutes temporary visitation policy
August 20, 2020
While the importance of family support during hospitalization is understood and appreciated, BAMC is temporarily adjusting the visitation policy to reduce the risk of COVID- 19 spread as of Aug. 19.

ARSOUTH leader discusses Jamaica disaster relief preparation
August 20, 2020
General-de-Brigada Alcides V. Faria, Jr., deputy commanding general of interoperability, U.S. Army South, participated in a virtual key leader engagement with personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (West) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness Management Aug. 17 to discuss humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparations in Jamaica and assess capabilities in the event of a natural disaster.

JBSA continues HPCON CHARLIE protective measures
August 20, 2020
Soldiers seated wearing face masks.

Pandemic, physical distancing do not stop transitioning service members
August 20, 2020
Joint Base San Antonio's newly activated Joint Transition Readiness Center, located on the Brooke Army Medical Center campus, houses the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program. The program currently assists separating service members virtually through the many aspects of this life-changing event and offers full Department of Defense Transition services to members of all branches assigned to JBSA.

MICC quality, oversight programs ensure contract performance
August 20, 2020
(From left) Staff Sgts Jacob McGriff and Marilyn Tangonan conduct a site visit at a dining facility atCamp Arifjan, Kuwait.

'The Air Force Starts Here' podcast features virtual reality in TACP initial training
August 20, 2020
"The Air Force Starts Here" is Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast. The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application. (U.S. Air Force graphic / 1st Lt. Robert Guest)

JBSA schools to start school year with online instruction
August 20, 2020
Joint Base San Antonio schools will start the first few weeks of the 2020-21 school year with remote learning before being allowed to open campuses to students under directives issued by local health authorities and the Texas Education Agency.

Disasters don’t wait: Make your plan today
August 20, 2020
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and serves as a reminder to plan and prepare for emergencies that could impact homes, workplaces, schools, and communities.

Keeping warriors united through community networks
August 20, 2020
– The Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) Program continues to lead the way in fostering an environment of connectedness with Warriors, Caregivers and their families. AFW2 regularly provides multitudes of support resources with the help of AFW2 Community Programs, to ensure Warriors and their families connect to a network of support and receive aid throughout their journey of recovery.

Testaments of Healing: Path of an AFW2 Ambassador
August 19, 2020
Master Sgt. Dee Parks talks to senior leaders during the 2019 Pacific Air Forces Warrior CARE Event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii in early January.

Masks with valves or vents not permitted in SAMHS facilities
August 19, 2020
For safety purposes, effective Aug. 24, masks with filter valves or vents will no longer be permitted for wear in all San Antonio Military Health System facilities, to include Brooke Army Medical Center, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and all outlying clinics.