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August Observances

Use these graphics on your social media platforms in support of other August themes and observances. Below is a calendar of observances for all of August.


Immunization Awareness Month

Immunization Awareness   

Suggested social media message: Vaccines are effective and offer the protection your body needs to fight serious diseases. When was the last time you checked to see if your immunizations are up to date? Start by calling your doctor and scheduling an appointment to update your vaccines. www.health.mil/Vaccines #ImmunizationAwarenessMonth #ImmunizationAwareness #ImmunizationAwarenessMonth #Prevent2Protect  #PreventiveHealth


World Lung Cancer Day (August 1)

World Lung Cancer Day  

Suggested social media message: Lung cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers worldwide, claiming more lives yearly than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Take some time today to learn more about the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer. For screening options, visit: https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/CancerScreeningsTRICARE webpage
#WorldLungCancerDay


Anniversary of School of Air Evacuation at USAFSAM (August 2)

School of Air Evacuation USAFSAM   

Suggested social media message: Happy Anniversary, School of Air Evacuation. Cheers to 79 years of sacrifice and dedication to ensuring a medically ready force. #Salute @USAFMedicine @AFResearchLab #SchoolofAirEvacuationBirthday


U.S. Coast Guard Birthday (August 4)

US Coast Guard Birthday

Suggested social media message: #DYK? Today marks the 232nd anniversary of the establishment of the U.S Coast Guard. For your centuries worth of dedicated service, thank you and Happy Birthday.


Navy Medical Service Corps Birthday (August 4)

Navy Medical Service Corps Birthday

Suggested social media message: "Happy 75th Birthday, Navy Medical Service Corps! The Navy MSC is the most diverse corps in @NavyMedicine, with 30-plus diverse scientific and medical specialties that each play an integral role in providing the best care our nation can offer ashore and afloat. Here's to you!"


National Fresh Breath Day (August 6)

National Fresh Breath Day   

Suggested social media message: Improve your oral hygiene this National #FreshBreathDay by brushing twice a day, flossing, and staying hydrated to prevent bad breath.
Remember, practicing great oral health is the number one way to lower the risk of cancer, prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and more. To learn more, visit: www.health.mil/dental #NationalFreshBreathDay


Purple Heart Day (August 7)

Purple Heart Day

Suggested social media message: The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving.
Today, we remember and honor the brave men and women and their sacrifice in service to our country. #PurpleHeartDay #PurpleHeart


U.S. Department of Defense Birthday (August 10)

DOD Birthday

Suggested social media message: 73 years ago, the Department of Defense was established to unite our country’s greatest fighting forces under the secretary of defense. 
Today, brave Americans everywhere proudly serve alongside fellow military branches within the DOD. #DoDSince1949 #DODBirthday #DOD


Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over [campaign] (Begins August 15)

Drive Sober

Suggested social media message: #DrunkDriving is no joke. If you choose to get behind the wheel while inebriated, you’re risking the lives of everyone around you. When drinking alcohol, plan ahead and ensure you have a safe ride home… or you could face serious consequences. #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver #DriverSober 


World Mosquito Day (August 20)

World Mosquito Day  

Suggested social media message: Mosquitoes carry diseases that are dangerous to humans and pets. Learn about the dangers and how you can stay safe this summer: https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Bug-Borne-Illnesses/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses #WorldMosquitoDay #SummerSafety #101DaysofSummer


Navy Dental Corps Birthday (August 22)

Navy Dental Corps Birthday

Suggested social media message: Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. Cheers to providing quality and necessary dental care to service members everywhere since 1912. #USNavyDentalCorpsBirthday #USNavy #USNavyDentalCorps


Marine Corps Reserve Birthday (August 29)

Marine Corps Reserve Birthday Aug 29

Suggested social media message: OORAH!  And Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps Reserve. Congratulations on 107 years of providing expertly trained combat-ready Marines to augment and reinforce the active forces. #MarineCorpsReserveBirthday #MarineCorpsReserve


International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31)

International Overdose Awareness

Suggested social media message: There are things you can do to prevent overdose: storing medications safely, reading and following all instructions, and calling your doctor if a medication seems to be too much for you. Learn more: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Conditions-and-Treatments/Substance-Abuse #InternationalOverdoseAwarenessDay. 


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Navy Medical Service Corps Birthday

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8/4/2022
Navy Medical Service Corps Birthday

" Happy 75th Birthday, Navy Medical Service Corps! The Navy MSC is the most diverse corps in @NavyMedicine, with 30-plus diverse scientific and medical specialties that each play an integral role in providing the best care our nation can offer ashore and afloat. Here's to you! "

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U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

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6/29/2022
U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

#DYK? Today marks the 232nd anniversary of the establishment of the U.S Coast Guard. For your centuries worth of dedicated service, thank you and Happy Birthday.

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National Fresh Breath Day

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6/21/2022
National Fresh Breath Day

Improve your oral hygiene this National #FreshBreathDay by brushing twice a day, flossing, and staying hydrated to prevent bad breath. Remember, practicing great oral health is the number one way to lower the risk of cancer, prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and more. To learn more visit: health.mil/dental

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Anniversary of School of Air Evacuation at USAFSAM

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6/21/2022
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Happy Anniversary, School of Air Evacuation. Cheers to 79 years of sacrifice and dedication to ensuring a medically ready force. #Salute @USAFMedicine @AFResearchLab

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Immunization Awareness Month

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6/21/2022
Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccines are effective and offer the protection your body needs to fight serious diseases. When was the last time you checked to see if your immunizations are up to date? Start by calling your doctor and scheduling an appointment to update your vaccines. www.health.mil/Vaccines #ImmunizationAwarenessMonth

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August

World Lung Cancer Day

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6/21/2022
World Lung Cancer Day

Lung cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers worldwide, claiming more lives yearly than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined. Take some time today to learn more about the risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer. For screening options, visit: https://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/CancerScreenings

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U.S. Department of Defense Birthday

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6/21/2022
U.S. Department of Defense Birthday

73 years ago, the Department of Defense was established to unite our country’s greatest fighting forces under the secretary of defense. Today, brave Americans everywhere proudly serve alongside fellow military branches within the DOD. #DoDSince1949

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International Overdose Awareness Day

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6/21/2022
International Overdose Awareness Day

There are things you can do to prevent overdose: storing medications safely, reading and following all instructions, and calling your doctor if a medication seems to be too much for you. Learn more: https://www.health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Conditions-and-Treatments/Substance-Abuse

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Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

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6/21/2022
Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

OORAH! And Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps Reserve. Congratulations on 107 years of providing expertly trained combat-ready Marines to augment and reinforce the active forces.

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August

World Mosquito Day

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6/21/2022
World Mosquito Day

Mosquitoes carry diseases that are dangerous to humans and pets. Learn about the dangers and how you can stay safe this summer: https://health.mil/Military-Health-Topics/Combat-Support/Public-Health/Bug-Borne-Illnesses/Mosquito-Borne-Illnesses

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August

Purple Heart Day

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6/21/2022
Purple Heart Day

The Purple Heart medal is presented to service members who have been wounded or killed as a result of enemy action while serving. Today, we remember and honor the brave men and women and their sacrifice in service to our country.

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August

Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over

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6/21/2022
Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over

#DrunkDriving is no joke. If you choose to get behind the wheel while inebriated, you’re risking the lives of everyone around you. When drinking alcohol, plan ahead and ensure you have a safe ride home… or you could face serious consequences. #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver

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August

Navy Dental Corps Birthday

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6/21/2022
Navy Dental Corps Birthday

Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy Dental Corps. Cheers to providing quality and necessary dental care to service members everywhere since 1912. #USNavyDentalCorpsBirthday

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Last Updated: September 14, 2022
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