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First, alcohol targets the brain's center for decision-making processes and muscular coordination in the forebrain. Then it unhinges the mind's normal system of checks and balances, leaving emotions unchecked by affecting the midbrain. Finally, alcohol attacks the brain stem and the body's vital functions. Preventing alcohol incidents is a must for mission effectiveness. (Graphic illustration by Senior Airman Stephen Cadette) Preventing alcohol incidents a must for effective mission
The Air Force tells its Airmen to drink responsibly for their safety, much like when a parent tells a child not to touch the hot stove. When a child does it anyway, the effect is a burn that causes visible damage; but the damage caused by alcohol can be largely unseen. When alcohol affects an Airman, it doesn't stop at bad breath or an amusing
0 6/04
2007
Even when the habit is gone, certain behaviors may lead to a relapse. But a relapse doesn't mean failure.  By making up the mind and implementing a program to aid on the road to recovery, people can find a way to live with the ghost of addiction. Those haunted by addiction keep working against relapse
"If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again, he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house."  said Jean Cocteau, French novelist and filmmaker. Even when the habit is gone, the addiction doesn't go away.  Any recovering addict
0 5/15
2007
Airman 1st Class Laura Valenzuela De La Hoya, a dental technician from Vandenberg AFB, Calif., completes an examination on a Guatemalan child.  Airman Valenzuela De La Hoya and Capt. (Dr.) Seth Briggs, also from Vandenberg, extracted 871 teeth and restored another 85 during the 10-day humanitarian mission to various regions of Guatemala in the last days of April. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo) Vandenberg joins AFSPC medics in relief mission
Guatemala is a developing Central American nation with a rich culture and history, but a volatile political environment and a 36-year guerrilla war has taken a toll on its people. A small, heavily populated country, Guatemala was once home to the powerful Mayan civilization. Today, most of its people live in rural areas among sugarcane fields,
0 5/04
2007
Passing the annual fit test, deployment readiness and overall good cardiovascular health should be the goals of all Airmen.  The tools to complete these goals are to build a strong aerobic base, build muscle and stick with it.  (Photo by Airman 1st Class Stephanie Longoria) Stick it to stress by sticking with fitness
Even though 47 percent of the Air Force is overweight, with 12 percent stepping over that critical line to becoming obese, it's interesting to some that the leading cause of fit test failure is not what people think."The main reason most Airmen fail the Air Force fit test is not because of a high body mass index, but because they cannot pass their
0 4/20
2007
Staff Sgt. Brad Snyder, 30th Weather Squadron, fills a weather balloon with helium at the balloon facility on Vandenberg.  The balloons travel to a height of more than 110,000 feet before exploding and sending the attached global positioning system gliding back to earth via a small parachute.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy) Forecast bright, sunny for weather squadron
In the fiery display of a rocket lifting off from its temporary land-based home, the day-to-day operations prior to that spectacular site sometimes get lost in the mix. Prior to lift-off, rocket scientists, technicians, logisticians, and the many others are hard at work planning, fixing and tweaking every last detail. One group that works quietly
0 12/05
2006
Major Ronald Frantz, Commander of the 76th Helicopter Squadron here, surverys the ground as he flys over Vandenberg. More than 60 percent 76th HS 1273 flying hours are spent training in a year. Eyes in the Sky: Helicopter Squadron's diverse training aids in mission success
Whether they are fighting fires, rescuing the stranded or lost, sweeping the base for trespassers or helping to search and destroy millions of dollars worth of illegal marijuana, members of the 76th Helicopter Squadron are constantly in the air. Being in the air is where they are most comfortable.While the 76th's primary mission is to aid in base
0 10/06
2006
Staff Sgt. Aaron Gray, 30th Medical Group recently accepted an assignment to serve on the United States Air Force Honor Guard at Bolling AFB, D.C. Sergeant Gray has served on the base honor guard for three years.(Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Allen Puckett) Present Arms! VAFB Airman joins USAF Honor Guard
While standing firmly at attention in the middle of a stadium somewhere in the heart of Los Angeles, one Airman watches as thousands of cheering fans, athletes, celebrities and news broadcasters fall silent, stop what they're doing and stare directly at him. While some would be a nervous wreck in this type of situation, this Airman doesn't mind the
0 10/03
2006
Default Air Force Logo Eagle Eyes program elicits help from base, community
Nearly five years after 9/11, the threat of terrorism still rings hard in the ears of Americans; especially with more sophisticated weapons and deadly terrorist attack plans being foiled. The Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 804 here encourages every military member and civilian employee to participate in the Eagle Eyes
0 9/06
2006
Default Air Force Logo Deployed Vandenberg Airman coordinates bone-marrow drive
You see his face everywhere. The base exchange, dining facilities, the laundry exchange, work centers and even in the bathroom. The smiles of Cavion Holloway adorned hundreds of posters across the base advertising the Bone Marrow Registration Drive being held in his memory. The base-wide advertising campaign drew in 685 new registrants to the C.W.
0 9/06
2006
Default Air Force Logo NRO sheds light on operations, mission
The National Reconnaissance Office at Vandenberg hosted a Mission Partner Day and welcomed Team Vandenberg members to take a peek into the once highly classified office. Mission Partner Day started with lunch and included tours of a building that houses different transporters used to move satellites. There were also tours of Space Launch Complex
0 9/06
2006
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