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Runners vs. cars: cars always win

Posted January 18, 2013 by 56th FW Safety

When exercising at Luke Air Force Base, runners are often forced to share the road with drivers, unless at the base track or on a treadmill. This can be dangerous, especially in high traffic areas, like near the base exchange, commissary, hospital and South Gate, according to Ben Bruce, 56th Fighter Wing Ground Safety manager….

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Cervical cancer: Four unknown risks

Posted January 18, 2013 by SHARI LOPATIN

You might know that getting regular Pap tests is the number one way to protect against cervical cancer … but are you at high risk? Cervical cancer occurs most often in women older than 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It used to be the leading cause of cancer death…

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DOD health official updates status of PTSD, TBI care

Posted January 17, 2013 by

WASHINGTON — A top Defense Department health official told a Pentagon task force yesterday that determining the impact of mental health programs across the military will be a key project this year for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. DCoE’s director, Navy Capt. Paul Hammer, listed accomplishments over the…

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Firefighters rely on good nutrition

Posted December 21, 2012 by Senior Airman SANDRA WELCH

Most would think the highest risk for firefighters would be fire related. However, that’s not the case. “The number one killer of firefighters is heart disease,” said Marty Yates, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron health assistant chief and safety officer. “Proper nutrition, cardio, strengthening and rest can help lower the risk.” Aaron Anderson, 56th Aerospace Medicine…

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Justice Report – December 21, 2012

Posted December 21, 2012 by 56th Fighter Wing Legal Office

The following is a list of justice and administrative actions at Luke Air Force Base for October and November. 56th Maintenance Group Courts-martial • A technical sergeant was found guilty of two specifications of Article 92, failure to obey a lawful order, wrongful use and possession of spice and one specification of Article 134, wrongful distribution…

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Street Beat – December 21, 2012

Posted December 21, 2012 by Senior Airman Christopher Vonhatten,

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following incidents Dec. 7 through 13: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 13 moving and three nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Dec. 9: Security forces and firefighters assisted Glendale police with an off-base vehicle accident. Dec. 10: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at…

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Risk factors, warning signs predictors of suicide

Posted December 14, 2012 by TRICARE

Before intervention. Before support. Even before treatment … there is prevention. Tragically, 36,000 lives are lost to suicide each year in the U.S. Tens of thousands more attempt suicide. Every day families, friends, coworkers and neighbors lose someone they care about. Intervention, support and treatment can help, but to get to the heart of suicide,…

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Keep holiday weight off dinner plate

Posted November 30, 2012 by LARA SMITH

Temperatures are dropping, holidays are approaching, stress levels are rising and, for many, weight starts increasing. In fact, the average American gains approximately two to five pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Is it really a problem if a person gains one to two pounds during the holidays? According to TriWest Healthcare Alliance Registered Dietician…

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Diet, exercise takes diabetic to living medication-free

Posted November 30, 2012 by Staff Sgt. C.J. HATCH

George Varrato, real estate agent specializing in military home loans and sales, has helped service members for years with real estate needs. Four months ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Varrato said diabetes runs in his family. His mother and sister both had it, so he believed he could develop it as well….

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Live fire training

Posted November 30, 2012 by Senior Airman Sandra Welch

  The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron firefighters drive the P-23 apparatus fire truck to use large quantities of water on the simulated burning aircraft during the fire training exercise Oct. 30 at the Luke Air Force Base fire training grounds. The P-23 apparatus put out the fire from 175 feet away.   The 56th Civil…

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