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If it’s not life or death, make an appointment

Posted July 12, 2013 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

Over use and improper use of emergency rooms and urgent care facilities are a large drain on the budget available to the 56th Medical Group. The 56th MDG leaders have spent a good amount of time identifying how they can help Luke Air Force Base members and their families better understand and address this issue….

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Fireworks explode into holiday, could cause injury

Posted June 28, 2013 by Courtesy of 56th Fighter Wing Safety

The National Council on Fireworks Safety is urging Americans to take extra care when celebrating with fireworks this Fourth of July. For most Americans, the celebration is a time for food, fun and fireworks, but in 2012 nearly 10,000 Americans were treated in emergency rooms for firework-related injuries. Burns were the most common, accounting for…

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Luke water safe by EPA standards

Posted June 28, 2013 by 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight

The drinking water at Luke Air Force Base is deemed safe by Environmental Protection Agency standards, according to a report released this month by the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Bioenvironmental Engineer Flight. The study, an annual Consumer Confidence Report on drinking water quality, is available on the Luke AFB website. The report describes the presence…

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Make safety personal this summer

Posted June 21, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Courtesy photo A damaged government vehicle awaits repair on Luke Air Force Base. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reports that driver distraction, driver fatigue, drunk driving, aggressive driving and weather conditions are the top five causes of motor vehicle-related mishaps. Recent statistics show there has been an abrupt increase in Airmen involved in motor…

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Street Beat – June 21, 2013

Posted June 21, 2013 by Senior Airman Christopher VonHatten,

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations June 7 to 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and six nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a report…

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Alcohol increases chances of injury during critical days

Posted June 14, 2013 by Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.

Summertime is almost here. The smell of barbecue is in the air. Children are out of school, and it’s the perfect time to plan a getaway. Summer is all about having fun, and throwing back a few cold ones is a common way to beat the heat. The Critical Days of Summer Campaign, from Memorial…

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Firefighters focus on heart health

Posted June 14, 2013 by Airman 1st Class JOSHUA BIRD

“What are you usually doing at 2 a.m.?” A seemingly simple question with an obvious answer was asked by Chief Master Sgt. Charles Funkhouser, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Emergency Services fire chief. Most would say sleeping. There is, however, a group of people who aren’t afforded the luxury of sleeping through every night. Firefighters…

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Street Beat – June 14, 2013

Posted June 14, 2013 by Senior Airman Christopher VonHatten,

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents May 31 through June 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 35 moving and eight nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents June 3: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 998. There were no injuries. June 3: Security forces responded to a…

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Asthma diagnoses in children on steady rise

Posted June 14, 2013 by Capt. PETER EASTER

Asthma stands as a unique diagnosis in the pediatric population due to how often it is found in the general population as well as the potential for significant complications associated with symptoms suddenly worsening. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, asthma affects approximately one out of every 12 children in the…

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Thunderbolt of the Week – June 7, 2013

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Staff Sgt. Aaron Anstrom 56th Force Support Squadron Readiness and Mortuary Affairs NCO Hometown: Bradley, Ill. Years in service: Four Family: Father, Mike; mother, Madonna; sister, Kelsie; and brother Luke Education: Community College of the Air Force in restaurant, hotel and fitness management Inspirations: My father has always pushed me to do my best; he…

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