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Street Beat – April 12, 2013

Posted April 12, 2013 by Senior Airman Christopher VonHatten,

The 56th Security Force Squadron handled the following incidents March 22 through 28: Tickets Security forces issued citations for nine moving and one nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 29: Security forces responded to a report of a minor vehicle accident at the intersection of Mustang Street and Bong Lane. There were no injuries. March 29:…

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Course ramps up safety mindset

Posted April 5, 2013 by

An instructor watches a rider practice tight cornering. The advanced rider course also covers how to avoid objects in the road and safely avoid collisions.   Participants receive instructions before beginning the advanced rider course.   Motorcycles sit ready for riders during an advanced motorcycle safety riding course held at Luke Air Force Base. The…

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Fit Warrior of the Week

Posted April 5, 2013 by

James Gilmore 56th Medical Operations Squadron Mental health technician How do you stay fit? Fitness is having a positive mindset toward exercise and eating properly. I also drink protein shakes all the time. What drives you to keep working out? I want to improve my personal performance. Being physically healthy is the best way to…

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Stop the pop, sugar Be smart, protect pearly whites from acid

Posted April 5, 2013 by Senior Airman PAMELA GRIFFIN

Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects the crowns of the teeth; however, it is susceptible to demineralization from acids. Acids are produced when bacteria colonize the tooth surface and metabolize carbohydrates. If this process continues, it may eventually lead to carious lesions, known as cavities, in the enamel and dentin. Soda…

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April: Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Posted April 5, 2013 by

12 main reasons incidents go unreported: Didn’t know how to report Feared retaliation or that the incident would happen again Did not trust the reporting process Concern over protecting identity Did not want to cause trouble in the unit Fear of being treated badly if reported (44 percent female – 31 percent male responses) Didn’t…

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April: Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted March 29, 2013 by SHARON KOZAK

Saving children from abuse phone call away Americans are more aware than ever of the tragedy of child abuse. The national and local media carry daily reports of children who have been beaten, imprisoned, starved, burned or sexually and emotionally abused. Shopping carts, milk cartons, billboards, newspapers all carry the message that children should tell…

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Nominations accepted for Portraits in Courage

Posted March 29, 2013 by

WASHINGTON — Now through May 1, nominations are being accepted and reviewed for Portraits in Courage, Vol. 8. “Portraits in Courage is a Chief of Staff initiative designed to tell Airmen’s stories of courage, valor, and heroism. Our Airmen do the impossible every day. These narratives embody our warrior ethos and personify the Air Force…

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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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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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MHC here to help Airmen

Posted March 22, 2013 by Airman 1st Class GRACE LEE

The mental health clinic is not what it seems to be. It’s not a place to be afraid of, but a place for Airmen and their families to become mentally healthy. The MHC has two roles: helping patients entering the clinic and educating Airmen on ways to handle stress and more, said Staff Sgt. Brett…

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