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‘On house’ medical services not really free

Posted September 20, 2012 by Capt. James Schuhs

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — How many times have you heard that those in the military receive “free” medical care? Well, it is free isn’t it? Not even close. In fact, every aspect of a person’s medical care has a cost. Each year the Defense Department spends more than $50 billion for medical care,…

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In-place patient decontamination tent comes to Tucson Air Guard

Posted January 31, 2013 by 1st Lt. Angela Walz

Between Jan. 15-18, 13 Airmen total were trained by instructors from the National Guard Bureau at the 162nd Fighter Wing on the city’s newest asset – an in-place patient decontamination shelter for the effective decontamination of both ambulatory…

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The cost of medicine

Posted June 20, 2013 by 633rd Medical Operations Squadron

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va.  — Service members can save money by filling prescriptions at a local military treatment facility, while also saving the government a significant amount of money. According to statehealthfacts.org, an estimated 3.8 billion prescriptions were filled in the United States in 2011, costing Americans more than $271 billion. The total nears $300 billion…

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Blocks to build on: The physical pillar

Posted September 19, 2013 by Airman 1st Class Saphfire Cook

Physical fitness is a staple in the Air Force. Units hold physical training sessions, the fitness centers offer free PT classes and Airmen receive a routine PT test. The physical pillar of CAF has multi-faceted benefits. According to a U.S. News article, running can reverse the detrimental effects of stress because it causes the brain…

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Give safe gifts this holiday season

Posted December 19, 2013 by Commentary by 355th Medical Group

The month of December is observed as “Safe Toys and Gifts Month,” as a means of alerting parents to be careful when making toy and gift choices. According to cpsc.gov, toy-related deaths and injuries calendar year 2011, an estimate of 262,300 toy-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2011. More than 70…

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April: National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month

Posted March 27, 2014 by Airman 1st Class Chris Massey

It’s been 40 years since former President Richard Nixon signed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. Child abuse is still a major concern and, each year, the month of April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together and learning to…

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Be physically prepared for summer sports to prevent injury

Posted July 17, 2014 by Staff Sgt. Candice C. Page

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Winter has ended and many people are headed outdoors to play their favorite sports, but couch potatoes beware. Summer is one of the most dangerous seasons for sport injuries. Children and adults should properly prepare and ease into summer sports such as basketball, track and field, football, golf or soccer to…

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Enterovirus spreads throughout country, launches Flu season

Posted October 16, 2014 by 56th Medical Group

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Enterovirus is spreading throughout the country starting from the East Coast, making its way to the West. From mid-August to Sept. 18, a total of 153 people in 18 states were confirmed to have respiratory illness caused by EV-D68. In the upcoming weeks, more states will have confirmed cases of EV-D68…

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Air Force changes fitness statements in performance reports policy

Posted March 22, 2012 by Staff

Revisions to the Air Force fitness program took effect July 1, 2010. These modifications, improvements and upgrades brought about some of the most significant changes to fitness standards in the last five years and shift a greater level of responsibility for maintaining year-round physical fitness to all Airmen.  The Air Force Fitness Program goal is…

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Military spouses residency relief act information

Posted June 28, 2012 by 1st Lt. Jason Cordova

Pursuant to Arizona law (A.R.S. 28-2533), it is illegal for non-Arizona residents living in the state to drive without an Arizona-issued driver license and registration. However, Arizona does not require military members and non-resident military spouses to obtain an Arizona driver license or registration. In the event you are subject to a traffic stop, it…

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