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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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Street Beat – March 15, 2013

Posted March 15, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Kaffer,

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations March 1 through 7: Tickets Security forces issued citations for 11 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents March 1: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident adjacent to Bldg. 400. There were no injuries. March 2: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident…

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Take command of personal healthcare

Posted March 8, 2013 by Courtesy of 56th MDG

Staff Sgt. Jason Colbert Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and his wife, Jenn, fill out MiCARE registration forms at the 56th Medical Group building on Luke Air Force Base. MiCARE allows users and health care providers to communicate about nonemergency care through secure means via email. MiCARE secure email messaging is an…

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Cyber threats: Are you secure?

Posted March 8, 2013 by

Cyber threats are an ever-increasing issue in today’s technological environment — both at home and at work. Adversaries are constantly and tirelessly looking to capitalize not only on vulnerabilities in our computers and networks, but also in our vigilance to protect them and the information contained therein. All users must maintain an ongoing awareness of…

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Street Beat – March 8, 2013

Posted March 8, 2013 by Staff Sgt. Christopher Kaffer,

The 56th Security Forces Squadron handled the following situations Feb. 22 through 28. Tickets Security forces issued citations for 21 moving and four nonmoving violations. Traffic-related incidents Feb. 22: Security forces responded to a minor vehicle accident in the parking lot of Bldg. 634. There were no injuries. Feb. 27: Security forces responded to a…

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Eating healthy food keeps gray matter ‘in pink’

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

Eating the right foods not only affects a person’s physical performance, but also the brain’s performance. Leslie Dana-Kirby, 56th Medical Operations Squadron clinical psychologist, said the human brain is responsible for all thinking, reasoning, memory, judgment and decision-making. It also controls fundamental life functions such as hunger, thirst, sleeping, breathing and temperature regulation. As well…

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TRICARE service center changes

Posted March 1, 2013 by 56th MDSS

“There is nothing permanent except change,” are words credited to Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher. In the coming months members can expect to see some changes in the administration of health benefits locally. One change has been UnitedHealthcare Military and Veterans moving Feb. 19 into the 56th Medical Group TRICARE service center. This was the first…

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