Health & Safety

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted October 25, 2017 by

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Know the steps of preventative care and become a partner in your healthcare.

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Treat teeth like jewels, not tools

Posted November 19, 2015 by by Senior Airman BENJAMIN BRIGHT

The importance of teeth and how we use them is often overlooked. We tend to treat our teeth as tools, which can lead to serious damage. Using teeth as bottle openers, scissors and nail clippers are bad habits and can result in oral injuries. When you tear open a bag of chips with your teeth,…

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Air Force photograph by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel
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Health assessments ensure F-35 crew chiefs are fit to fight

Posted September 6, 2017 by

It was a regular day on the flightline at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.

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New medical professional team seeks to change fighter pilot healthcare

Posted January 29, 2018 by Senior Airman Ridge Shan

A fighter pilot flies his F-16 towards a bombing target. As he nears it, he toggles the weapons release on his controls and drops his payload. The bomb descends, strikes and destroys its target. Moments later, the pilot pulls a sharp turn at high speed to quickly vacate the area before the enemy can react.

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Air Force photograph by Senior Airman Devante Williams
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Alpha Warrior team visits Luke

Posted April 28, 2017 by Senior Airman James Hensley

The Alpha Warrior team recently visited Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., to interact with Airmen and roll out its Battle Rig obstacle course that will be used to enhance Airmen fitness at the Warrior Fitness Center. Nearly 100 Thunderbolts were in attendance including Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, 56th Fighter Wing commander, who competed in the…

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New urgent care pilot program for prime beneficiaries

Posted July 30, 2016 by

To increase access to care, the Department of Defense launched an Urgent Care Pilot Program for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. This program allows Prime enrollees two visits to a network or TRICARE authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program is for: • Active-duty service members, including National Guard or Reserve…

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Around Luke: Complete blood count …

Posted November 19, 2015 by Senior Airman James Hensley

Senior Airman James Hensley Senior Airman Angelica Lyons, 56th Medical Support Squadron medical laboratory technician, analyzes a blood sample Nov. 9 at Luke Air Force Base. Lyons counts red and white blood cells and platelets. On an average day, medical laboratory technicians will examine 60 specimens.

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GRACE LEE
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Med tech satisfies ‘need for speed’

Posted January 14, 2016 by Story and photo by Senior Airman GRACE LEE

She runs the 1.5-mile run in 9:15, and she’s placed first in all the 5-kilometer runs she’s attended. Like a machine, she zones out and focuses on the task at hand — running. “I’ve been running for 15 years,” said Senior Airman Melissa Franks, 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron flight medicine medical technician. “I started running…

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Make plan when changing baby’s diet

Posted June 1, 2018 by by RENA LEVERT

Does your baby seem to be wanting more and more breast milk and/or formula and still isn’t getting full? Do they reach for your food when you are eating? Your baby may be ready for an exciting new milestone. Here are some guidelines to know when to start, what to start with and more. Signs…

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JAMES HENSLEY
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Airmen, bot refills meds for TRICARE recipients

Posted October 29, 2015 by Story and photos by Senior Airman JAMES HENSLEY

The Arizona Refilling Center is a little known unit located behind the Block House and 56th Medical Group. “At the ARC we handle all beneficiaries’ prescriptions that come to Luke,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Munoz-Case, 56th Medical Support Squadron ARC acting NCO in charge. “With the changes in TRICARE, our work load has increased along…

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