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The 56th Medical Group, located near Phoenix, is an outpatient only Medical Treatment Facility (MTF), which serves more than 90,000 beneficiaries (active duty military members, retirees and their families) in the immediate area. The Medical Group is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. The Medical Group, with more than 600 assigned personnel, has a three-pronged mission that emphasizes providing great healthcare, promoting safety and wellness, and military readiness.

Mission: Engaging Military Families through Personalized and Educated Patient Care.                                                                                                                                                                             Vision: Premier Choice... Leaders in Patient Centered Healthcare; Strengthening Partnerships... Empowering Patients to be fit to fight... healthy for life.

Organizational email:

Col. Maureen A. Charles

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Address: 7219 N. Litchfield Rd, Bldg 1130
Luke AFB, AZ 85309

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General Hours: 0730-1630 Monday - Friday

Main Line: 623-856-2273
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tab56th Medical Support Squadron 
Mission: Ensures ready fighting forces by providing administrative, financial, data analysis, management, diagnostic and therapeutic services essential to health promotion and health care for 7,500 active duty and 84,000 eligible beneficiaries. Prepares wing personnel for expeditionary operations to support global missions. Supports 131,000 annual patient visits in an integrated $64M managed care environment with nine flights.

Commercial phone number: (623) 856-2273
Organizational email:

Lt. Col. Lauren H. Byrd

56th Medical Support Squadron provides support services including laboratory, managed health care, pharmacy, radiology, resource management, and TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration (TOPA) flight.
tab56th Medical Operations Squadron 
Mission: Optimizes performance and ensures medical readiness of the human weapons system for the largest fighter wing in the USAF. Aggressively promotes health, maintains wellness, and minimizes the impact of illness for 7,500 uniformed personnel and 84,000 beneficiaries. Using health care optimization in an integrated managed care environment, annually supports 131,000 ambulatory clinic visits and over 1,300 patient surgeries.

Commercial phone number: (623) 856-2273
Organizational email:

Col. Stephen R. Boden

The 56th Medical Operations Squadron provides outpatient/ambulatory clinical services to TRICARE Prime beneficiaries through its primary care and specialty clinics. A staff of 290 provides health care to over 80,000 eligible beneficiaries.

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- Allergy Clinic - Dental Clinic
- Family Practice Clinic - Flight Medicine
- Health and Wellness
- Immunizations Clinic
- Internal Medicine Clinic - Preventive Health
- Optometry Clinic - Orthopedics Clinic
- Pediatrics Clinic - Women's Health Clinic

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Appointment Scheduling Medical Records-Outpatient
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Laboratory Diagnostic Imaging
Public Health Bioenvironmental
Family Advocacy Life Skills
Physical Therapy Public Health

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tab56th Dental Squadron 
Mission: Promote safety and wellness, ensure mission-ready forces, unleash great dental care.

Commercial phone number: (623) 856-2273
Organizational email:

Col. Russell G. Boester

The 56th Dental Squadron provides active-duty members comprehensive dental care while supporting the readiness of the 56th Fighter Wing to respond to worldwide contingencies.

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Bldg 1130 Bldg 1514 7301 E. 4th Street (suite 7)Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(623)856-2273 (623)856-2273 (480)882-5472
Mon - Fri
0730 - 1630
Mon - Fri
0730 - 1630
Except Thurs
0830 - 1630
Mon & Thurs
0900 - 1500
Closed 1200-1300 for lunch
Closed on
Federal Holidays,
and Family Days
Closed on
Federal Holidays,
and Family Days
Closed on
Federal Holidays,
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tab56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron 
Mission: Support 56th Fighter Wing flying/training and deployment mission through superior aeromedical, occupational, environmental and preventative medicine programs.

Commercial phone number: (623) 856-7527
Organizational email:

Lt. Col. (Dr.) Robert W. Craig-Gray

The 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron consists of five flights:

1. Flight Medicine
2. Public Health/Force Health Management
3. Bioenvironmental Engineering
4. Optometry
5. Health Promotions

Flight Medicine Clinic

Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Building 810

The Flight Medicine Clinic provides routine medical care to the base flying population and their dependents. Personnel eligible for medical care include pilots, navigators, air traffic controllers, flight engineers, and all personnel and their dependents that hold a 1042 clearance to fly.

The Flight Medicine Clinic is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The clinic is closed for all federal holidays, goal/down days and base training days.

Active duty-only sick call for flyers is from 7:30 to 8 a.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clinic is closed each Thursday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for mandatory training.

Routine Medical appointments can be made by calling (623) 856-CARE (2273).

For after hours care; contact the Flight Surgeon on-call via the Luke AFB Command Post at (623) 856-5600.

Should a flyer be seen outside of the Flight Medicine Clinic, it is their responsibility to notify the Flight Surgeon as soon as possible. Flyers may NOT fly until cleared by a Flight Surgeon after receiving treatment in an ER or from a provider outside the hospital.

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The clinic does not provide emergency services.

In the event of an emergency, dial 911 or go the nearest emergency room. Patients are asked to contact their Primary Care Manager (PCM) within one duty day to report any care received at an emergency room to ensure proper follow-up. To report, call Central Appointments at 623-856-2273 and choose option No. 1.

For a list and map of local Emergency Rooms click here.

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Nurse Advice Line
Your first line of defense when deciding what kind of care you need is TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line (NAL) at 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273) option 1.
A registered nurse can answer your urgent care questions and schedule next-day appointments at military hospitals and clinics if necessary.
The NAL is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In the event of an emergency, you should seek care at an emergency facility. If you use TRICARE Prime and need emergency care, be sure to notify your primary care manager or regional contractor within 24 hours or the next business day.
If you think you only need urgent care, get a referral from your primary care manager or call the NAL to get advice on when and how to seek care for an urgent problem.
TRICARE Prime beneficiaries who are assigned to a Primary Care Manager (PCM) at 56th Medical Group (56 MDG) can still call their PCM or clinic for medical advice and appointments at (623) 856-2273 (856-CARE).  Beneficiaries may also reach the NAL by calling 56 MDG at 856-CARE and selecting option 1.
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