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Health & Safety

Protect first line of defense

Posted March 22, 2013 by Senior Airman KATE VAUGHN

The body’s immune system is the first line of defense against harmful bacteria, viruses and infections. Some well-known methods of keeping the immune system strong include maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and getting plenty of sleep. Rachel Perkins-Garner, 56th Medical Group registered nurse, said there are also plenty of ways the immune system can…

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Health & Safety

Abuse, disposal of prescription drugs big problems

Posted March 22, 2013 by Capt. HEE LEE, 56th Fighter Wing Legal and Capt. CHARLES EMHOFF, 56th Medical Support Squadron

Abuse of prescription drugs is the fastest growing drug problem in the United States, and unfortunately, this trend is reflected in the military including the Air Force. To combat this problem, the Defense Department has expanded drug testing to include testing for commonly abused prescription drugs. This increased testing has been underway since May 1,…

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Airman 1st Class James Hensley
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Airmen share community spirit with students

Posted March 22, 2013 by Senior Airman KATE VAUGHN

Airman 1st Class James Hensley Staff Sgt. Michael Banks, 56th Contracting Squadron contracting officer, assists kindergartners with donning deployment gear March 8 at Littleton Elementary School in Avondale. Banks was one of many volunteers to visit the children during the school’s community day. Airmen from Luke Air Force Base participated March 8 in the Littleton…

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Salutes & Awards

Thunderbolt of the Week

Posted March 22, 2013 by

Airman 1st Class Brendon Garwood 56th Component Maintenance Squadron Avionics Intermediate Station Team Member Hometown: Dupo, Ill. Years in service: One Goals: To finish my career development courses, capture below-the-zone and test for staff sergeant as soon after as possible; ultimately to become a chief Greatest feat: Graduating basic training and tech school Self-description: I’m…

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News Briefs March 22, 2013

Posted March 22, 2013 by

MOAA meeting The Luke Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Annual Auction Night dinner is April 11. Social hour is 5 p.m., dinner is 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at Club Five Six. All funds raised in the silent auction, live auction and raffle go to the scholarship fund…

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AFAF reaches for 2013 goal

Posted March 22, 2013 by Senior Airman KATE VAUGHN

The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off Monday at Luke Air Force Base and continues through May 3. The Air Force-wide campaign raises funds to benefit Airmen and their families, including active-duty members, retirees, reservists, guardsmen and surviving spouses. Last year, Luke members contributed $90,000 exceeding the goal by $20,000. This year’s goal is $68,513, but…

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Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch
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Air Force

Wing, union sign first NAF contract

Posted April 5, 2013 by RON VEAL and BRYAN EVANS

Staff Sgt. C. J. Hatch The 56th Fighter Wing and the American Federation of Government Employees 1547 Local signed the first-ever nonappropriated fund, or NAF, contract March 25. Wing commander Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein and union president Harley Hembd signed for their respective organizations. Based on cooperation and communication, this unprecedented milestone is designed to…

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Airman 1st Class Devante Williams
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U.S.

Inspiring change through imagination

Posted April 5, 2013 by 2nd Lt. CANDICE DILLITTE

Airman 1st Class Devante Williams Col. Yolanda Bledsoe, 56th Medical Group commander, speaks to the audience March 27 during the Women’s History Month luncheon at Club Five Six. Bledsoe spoke about women’s history in the military and how they have been given opportunities to have more dominate roles in the military. March was Women’s History…

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Commentary

What leadership means to me

Posted April 12, 2013 by Master Sgt. ROBERT LEWIS

A good leader in our Air Force profession of arms is one who strives to live, uphold and emulate our core values – integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. These are not just words a leader spits out without first understanding their meaning. These are not just words one casually…

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Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz
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Health & Safety

Sexual Assault Awareness Month under way

Posted April 12, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz

Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, signs the Sexual Assault Awareness Month ribbon during an opening ceremony in Flag Park April 3 at Luke Air Force Base. The theme for this year’s awareness month is “We own it. We’ll solve it … Together.” The commander encouraged supervisors and leaders…

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